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Brinker International beats 4Q profit forecasts

DALLAS (AP) _ Brinker International Inc. (EAT) on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $50.6 million.

The Dallas-based company said it had profit of $1.02 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.09 per share.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.

The operator of restaurant chains Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy posted revenue of $810.7 million in the period.

For the year, the company reported profit of $150.8 million, or $2.94 per share. Revenue was reported as $3.15 billion.

Brinker International shares have dropped 31 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has declined 27 percent in the last 12 months.

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