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December 4, 2012
11:42 EDTDRI, BJRI, EAT, TXRH, DIN, CAKECasual dining stocks fall after Darden issues profit warning
A number of casual dining stocks are dropping after a major player in the sector, Darden Restaurants (DRI) predicted that its earnings per share in its second quarter ended November 25 would be significantly below analysts' expectations. Darden, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, expects its earnings per share in the second quarter to be 25c-26c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 47c. Moreover, Darden predicted that its U.S. same-restaurant sales would sink 2.7%. Finally, the casual dining operator provided FY13 earnings per share guidance of $3.29-$3.49, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $3.88. Darden's promotions last quarter "did not resonate with financially stretched consumers as well as newer promotions from competitors," said Darden CEO Clarence Otis, adding that the company would look to change its promotions soon. In late morning trading, Darden dropped 9.86% to $47.25. Other casual dining companies also retreated, with The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) falling 5.31% to $32.25, BJ's Restaurant (BJRI) giving back 4.10% to $32.96, Brinker (EAT) declining 3.16% to $28.92,Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) losing 3.65% to $16.09, and DineEquity (DIN) falling 1.85% to $61.56.
News For DRI;BJRI;EAT;TXRH;DIN;CAKE From The Last 14 Days
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October 1, 2014
08:11 EDTDRIDarden's director nominees sends letter to shareholders
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07:08 EDTTXRH, CAKERestaurant sector upgraded to Bullish from Cautious at Stifel
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06:33 EDTDRIEgan-Jones recommends Darden investors vote for director nominees
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September 30, 2014
15:24 EDTDRIISS, Glass Lewis recommend all Starboard nominees for Darden
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08:45 EDTTXRHTexas Roadhouse files lawsuit requiring EEOC to comply with FOIA
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07:32 EDTBJRIWells Fargo to hold a summit
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September 26, 2014
08:35 EDTDRIISS recommends Darden shareholders vote for Starboard's board nominees
Starboard Value announced that Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that Darden shareholders vote on Starboard's WHITE proxy card to elect all twelve of Starboard's nominees at the upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. ISS concluded, "As the dissidents have made a compelling case that a change in control is warranted, have provided a detailed strategic and operating plan to minimize the risk of unintended consequences, and nominated a compelling slate of candidates and in particular because election of all twelve dissident nominees will also result in the dissidents expanding the board to add back two current incumbents, enabling a more thoughtful approach to board continuity votes FOR each of the twelve dissident nominees are warranted."
07:06 EDTDRIDarden issues statement after ISS report related to board nominee election
Following a report from Institutional Shareholder Serviecs, or ISIS, that relates to the election of directors to Darden's board, Darden issues a statement that says shareholders recognize the risks of ceding total control of the board to Starboard. It says "We believe that shareholders should be alarmed that ISS has recommended wholesale change with virtually NO regard in its report to the positive improvement underway in Darden's operations, the risks associated with the full Board turnover that Starboard Value L.P. and its affiliates is seeking, and the meaningful enhancements made to Darden's leadership structure, including the search for a new Chief Executive Officer and the Company's new slate of independent director nominees, which would result in eight of 12 directors new this year. Instead, the ISS report places large reliance on mistaken perceptions regarding the Red Lobster transaction that are inconsistent with the facts.... Contrary to ISS's view, we have heard from many shareholders who do not support ceding total control of the Board to Starboard and its nominees. While these shareholders support new perspectives, they also recognize the risks of the full board turnover that Starboard is seeking risks that ISS appears to have ignored. Darden's slate of director nominees is the only slate that provides the benefit and balance of new perspectives as well as continuity of experience and insights with four new independent nominees unaffiliated with the Company or Starboard, four highly qualified continuing independent nominees, and four seats to be filled by Starboard resulting in eight of 12 new independent directors this year... Darden Board urges shareholders to vote ONLY on the BLUE proxy card "FOR ALL" of Darden's highly qualified, experienced and independent director nominees"
September 25, 2014
09:44 EDTDRIStarboard says Glass Lewis recommends all Darden nominees
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September 24, 2014
13:03 EDTDRIStarboard sends letter to Darden holders seeking nominee support
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September 23, 2014
08:05 EDTDRIDarden highlights Starboard's 'misleading' statements in letter to shareholders
Darden Restaurants issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with the company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The company says "All eight of Darden's independent director nominees, including our four new independent nominees and our four continuing independent directors, are indeed committed to serving the best interests of all Darden shareholders. We share the common goal of enhancing shareholder value, and we are prepared to work collaboratively with the four Starboard nominees that our slate contemplates to achieve this objective. We are deeply concerned, however, about the future of Darden if Starboard's slate is elected and believe it is important to correct the record with regard to a number of inconsistent, contradictory and misleading statements made by Starboard as part of its efforts to take control of your company...We do not believe it is in shareholders' interests to elect an entirely new Board, which could impede operating initiatives that are largely already underway and delivering results."
September 19, 2014
09:17 EDTDRIStarboard's director nominees sends letter to Darden shareholders
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08:13 EDTDRIDarden issues statement to thank, urge customer support for Olive Garden
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September 18, 2014
10:27 EDTDRIOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:12 EDTDRIDarden board says shareholders' choice could impact progress, including dividend
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September 17, 2014
09:58 EDTDRIDarden urges shareholders to support independent director nominees
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