Landry to Acquire McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants at $8.75 Per Share

Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, president and ceo of Landry's Restaurants, Inc. announced that Landry's, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. (MSSR) for $8.75 a share. Landry's will acquire MSSR through an all-cash tender and merger. The tender offer will take place no later than 10 business days from the date hereof.

The price for the MSSR shares represents a premium of roughly 30% to the closing price on Monday, November 7, 2011.  Fertitta already owns approximately 10.1% of the outstanding common stock of MSSR, making him one of MSSR's largest stockholders.

Says Fertitta, "We have been a fan of the McCormick & Schmick's brand for years. As a public company, MSSR fell victim to the need to grow and located some restaurants in secondary markets which were adversely impacted to a greater degree by the economic downturn.  However, Landry's size, strength and financial resources will positively accelerate the future for MSSR." 

Douglas Schmick, MSSR's chairman and co-founder stated, "I am excited knowing that our restaurants will continue to be operated in the same stellar fashion that our customers have come to expect throughout the years. Our legacy is in good hands."

In April of this year, Tilman J. Fertitta and his wholly owned company offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of MSSR.  Although the MSSR Board rejected the proposal, it authorized a sale process and evaluation of other strategic alternatives. And, as a result of the sale process, MSSR and Landry's engaged in mutually beneficial discussions, which has resulted in the announcement of a definitive agreement.

With prime locations in Beverly Hills, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Philadelphia's Historic Downtown, Atlanta's CNN Building, Boston's Historic Faneuil Hall, Chicago's Waterfront, Washington D.C. and the Harborside in both Seattle and Portland, the firm is a leading operator in the upscale seafood dining segment generating over $300 million in annual revenues and operates over 80 restaurants in 26 states in the U.S. and Canada.

Included too, are several of North America's most famous and historic restaurants such as McCormick & Kuleto's in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square, Portland's Jake's Famous Crawfish, Jake's Grill and The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkley, California and the renowned Boathouse restaurants in Vancouver, Canada.

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