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August 5, 2014
11:49 EDTCAKE, EAT, BJRI, BLMN, DRIBloomin' 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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June 25, 2015
08:03 EDTEATBrinker acquires 103 franchised Chili's restaurants
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07:59 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $80 from $75 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Darden after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided higher than expected 2016 EPS guidance. The firm thinks that if the two entities formed following the spin off of the company's real estate assets execute well, the company will be able to reduce its debt by $1B, buy back stock and potentially increase its dividend. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
June 24, 2015
08:41 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $79 from $72 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Darden Restaurants to $79 citing improving fundamentals and the company's intention to pursue a REIT structure following its Q4 results. The firm expects the company's turnaround to continue and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden sees 20% of Olive Garden total sales will migrate to takeout over time
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden expects 2016 traffic to be 'flattish', but will beat market
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08:52 EDTDRIDarden expects two-thirds of 2016 EPS growth to be in 1H16
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07:15 EDTBJRIOppenheimer to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTDRIDarden sees FY16 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.20, consensus $2.88
Sees FY16 same-restaurant sales growth of 2%-2.5%. Expects to open 18-22 restaurants in 2016. Sees FY16 total inflation of 1.5%-2%. Sees FY16 annual tax rate of 21%-24%. Sees FY16 total capital spending $230M-$255M.
07:05 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 same-restaurant sales up 3.8%
Reports Q4 Olive Garden same-restaurant sales up 3.4%, Q4 LongHorn Steakhouse same-restaurant sales 5.2%; Q4 The Capital Grille same-restaurant sales up 4.4%; Q4 Eddie V's same-restaurant sales up 5.2%; Q4 Yard House same-restaurant sales up 3.2%; Q4 Seasons 52 same-restaurant sales up 3.1%; Q4 Bahama Breeze same-restaurant sales up 1.7%.
07:04 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus 93c
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07:03 EDTDRIDarden to pursue separation of portion of company's real estate assets
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June 22, 2015
15:00 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:12 EDTDRIDarden July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Darden July call option implied volatility is at 25, July is at 24, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 23.
06:54 EDTDRIDunkin' Brands and Darden are top picks heading into 2H 2015 at Credit Suisse
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June 18, 2015
07:48 EDTDRIDarden July volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Darden July call option implied volatility is at 25, July is at 24, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 23.
07:19 EDTDRIDarden Q4 EPs should beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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