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August 5, 2014
11:49 EDTBLMN, EAT, DRI, BJRI, CAKEBloomin' Brands plunges to 52-week low after cutting full year profit outlook
Shares of casual restaurant operator Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) are sinking after the company reported mixed second quarter results and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014 profit and same store sales. WHAT'S NEW: Bloomin' Brands this morning reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 27c and revenue of $1.1B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 29c and $1.09B, respectively. Same store sales for company-owned core domestic concepts increased 0.6% during the quarter, while traffic was flat, as increases from lunch expansion were offset by traffic declines in the dinner business. Elizabeth Smith, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented that dinner traffic did not recover as the company had expected following the first quarter's winter weather events, adding that the company has responded by using marketing focused on dinner for the second half of the year. In addition, Smith said the company continues to face an increasingly competitive environment and "significant" macro issues in Korea. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Bloomin' Brands lowered its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.05-$1.10 from its prior view of "at least" $1.21, well below consensus estimates for $1.22. The company also revised its FY14 revenue outlook to $4.4B-$4.45B from its previous view of "at least" $4.4B, compared to consensus $4.42B. It also lowered its FY14 SSS view to growth of 0%-1% from its prior view of 1%-2% growth. In addition, Bloomin' Brands now sees FY14 commodity inflation of 2.5%-3.5%, up from 2%-4% previously expected, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $459M-$470M, a decrease from prior guidance of $493M. The company still sees 55-60 new system-wide restaurants for the year. Bloomin' also said it plans to expand its Carrabba's brand to Brazil, with the first opening expected in the first half of 2015. Looking to the third quarter, the company noted that it expects certain restaurant operating expenses to be higher year over year due to the timing of marketing expenditures and costs associated with the Bonefish Grill menu rollout in early July. In addition, the company will incur additional general and administrative expenses related to its development of Carrabba's in Brazil in Q3. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Bloomin' Brands plunged $4.30, or nearly 22%, to $15.50 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. The stock continues to make fresh 52-week lows as the session unfolds. Including today's decline, the stock is down approximately 37% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the casual restaurant space include Brinker International (EAT), down 0.7%, Darden (DRI), up 0.5%, BJ's Restaurants (BJRI), up 0.7%, and The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 0.1%.
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September 12, 2014
08:49 EDTDRIDarden expects to maintain current quarterly dividend of 55c per share
08:49 EDTDRIDarden sees FY15 food costs up 2%-2.5%
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07:46 EDTDRIDarden issues statement regarding Starboard's operational plan
COO Gene Lee said, "We remain open minded toward all ideas that support long-term value creation for our shareholders and improve the dining experience for our guests. While we will carefully and thoughtfully review Starboard's plan, which has been promised by Starboard for some time, upon initial review, we believe many of the brand and cost optimization strategies are already being implemented across our company and are showing results. The Olive Garden Brand Renaissance is well underway, and the improvements we are seeing in guest satisfaction and traffic trends reinforce our confidence in Olive Garden's potential. In addition, our efforts to grow and develop LongHorn Steakhouse and our Specialty Restaurants are on track. As we evaluate the Starboard plan, we will work to continue making strong progress across our brands for the benefit of all Darden stakeholders, including our employees."
07:08 EDTDRIDarden sees Q2 adjusted EPS 26c-28c, consensus 26c
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07:07 EDTDRIDarden backs FY15 adjusted EPS 2.22-$2.30, consensus $2.23
These expectations reflect the Company's projection that U.S. same-restaurant sales growth for fiscal 2015 for Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and the Specialty Restaurant Group will be flat to +1%, +1% to +2% and approximately +2%, respectively. Current earnings expectations for the year also reflect previously announced plans for the opening of approximately 37 net new restaurants.
07:06 EDTDRIDarden: Olive Garden Renaissance plan beginning to delive rpositive results
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07:04 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 Olive Garden's sales down 0.5% to $913.5M
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07:03 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 LongHorn Steakhouse same-restaurant sales up 2.8%
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07:01 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 adjusted EPS 32c, consensus 32c
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06:09 EDTDRIStarboard releases detailed transformation plan for Darden
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September 11, 2014
15:10 EDTDRIDarden technical comments before earnings
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15:10 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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September 10, 2014
17:49 EDTDRIStarboard Value says Darden has not fully complied with Florida courtís order
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09:07 EDTDRIDarden Restaurants volatility elevated into Q2 and growth outlook
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September 4, 2014
08:05 EDTDRIDarden sends letter to shareholders regarding board nominees, CEO search
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September 3, 2014
13:32 EDTDRIStarboard says Darden's decision to delay meeting 'poorly conceived' solution
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September 2, 2014
08:38 EDTDRIDarden announces new director nominees for annual meeting of shareholders
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08:34 EDTDRIDarden backs FY15 adjusted EPS $2.22-$2.30, consensus $2.22
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08:34 EDTDRIDarden reports progress on its Olive Garden brand renaissance plan
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08:33 EDTDRIDarden sees Q1 adjusted 31c-33c, consensus 30c
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