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December 4, 2012
08:33 EDTDRIDarden sees Q2 U.S. same-restaurant sales down 2.7%
Sees U.S. same-restaurant sales for Q2 to be approximately down 0.8%, down 2.7% and down 3.2% for LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and Olive Garden, respectively.
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July 31, 2014
08:07 EDTDRIDarden announces accelerated stock buyback
Darden announced that it has entered into agreements with each of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association to repurchase an aggregate of $500M of the Company's common stock under an accelerated stock buyback program. A portion of the proceeds from the Company's recently completed Red Lobster transaction will be used to fund the ASB transactions.
July 29, 2014
09:17 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:00 EDTDRIStarboard issues statement in response to Darden CEO retirement
Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith, stated, "The overdue retirement of Clarence Otis is obviously in the best interest of Darden and its shareholders. It is surprising to us that it took this long. It is a shame for all Darden shareholders that this change happened only after the Board sanctioned the destruction of a billion dollars in shareholder value by approving the Red Lobster sale against the vehement objections of its shareholders... Unfortunately, Mr. Otis leaving represents just one small step in the transformation that is urgently needed at Darden. To be clear, the Company still requires a major overhaul at the Board level. This Board has proven over an extended period of time that it is unable to respectfully and capably represent the best interests of the shareholders they were elected to represent and cannot be trusted to make the incredibly important decision as to the selection of the next CEO of Darden. There needs to be a true and complete process to vet both internal and external talent in order to find a truly great, transformational, operationally-focused restaurant leader. This Board has a history of repeatedly making the easy decision, rather than the decision that is best for shareholders. Darden needs a majority change to the Board as soon as possible to jumpstart and complete the process of recruiting a truly great leader."
07:08 EDTDRIDarden news makes catalysts more likely, says Wells Fargo
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July 28, 2014
18:31 EDTDRIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cognex (CGNX), up 16.4% after reporting second quarter results and third quarter revenue guidance above analyst expectations... HealthSouth (HLS), up 7.4% after reporting second quarter results and increasing fiscal 2014 EPS and Adjusted EBITDA guidance... Amkor Technology (AMKR), up 6.4%... Integrated Device (IDTI), up 7.6% after reporting first quarter results... Masco (MAS), up 4.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.6% following the company's announcement that chairman and CEO Clarence Otis will step down and the board will separate the chairman and CEO roles, appointing lead independent director Charles Ledsinger, Jr., as independent non-executive chairman... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), up 16.5% following positive comments made by CEO Christopher Anzalone, Ph.D. in an interview on CNBC. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Herbalife (HLF), down 11.5% after reporting disappointing second quarter results and giving guidance for the third quarter and fiscal 2014... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 9.7%... Plum Creek Timber (PCL), down 2.8%... Eastman Chemical (EMN), down fractionally after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: TCP Capital (TCPC), down 3.1% after filing to sell $5.4M shares of common stock.
16:55 EDTDRIDarden up 4.3% after announcing chairman, CEO Clarence Otis to step down
16:39 EDTDRIDarden to nominate 9 of 12 independent director candidates
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16:36 EDTDRIDarden chairman, CEO Otis to step down, board to separate roles
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10:47 EDTDRIDarden completes sale of Red Lobster to Golden Gate Capital
Darden Restaurants and Golden Gate Capital announced that Golden Gate has completed the acquisition of the Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities for approximately $2.1B in cash. As previously announced, approximately $1.0B of the net cash proceeds are expected to be used to retire outstanding debt. The remaining net proceeds of approximately $500M-$600M are expected to be deployed for a new share repurchase program of up to $700M in fiscal 2015. "In addition to strengthening Darden's credit profile, with the lower debt levels and reduced outstanding share count, Darden expects to maintain its current quarterly dividend of 55c per share, or $2.20 annually...The completion of this transaction marks an important milestone in the actions we are taking to improve our operations, reduce costs, and focus on opportunities with the highest value-creating potential. While we still have work to do, we are making progress in our efforts to enhance performance and shareholder value," the company said.
July 24, 2014
13:45 EDTDRIStarboard files complaint to inspect Darden books
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July 23, 2014
11:38 EDTDRIBrinker retreats after analyst downgrades on industry concerns
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