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September 20, 2013
08:46 EDTDRIDarden sees SSS for casual dining industry flat for rest of year
Darden said its blended same restaurant sales expectations for its three large brands assumes that same restaurant sales for the casual dining industry rebounds from its Q1. The company noted that its outlook assumes that comparable sales for the industry are flat for the balance of the year. The company noted that the Thanksgiving week, which is a soft sales week, falls in its fiscal Q3 this year, as compared to Q2 last year. The company sees the Thanksgiving shift to benefit Q2 blended same restaurant sales by approximately 100 basis points, and hurt Q3 blended same restaurant sales by a similar amount. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
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September 17, 2014
09:58 EDTDRIDarden urges shareholders to support independent director nominees
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September 16, 2014
10:30 EDTDRIStarboard urges shareholders to vote for slate of board nominees
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September 15, 2014
10:12 EDTDRIDarden says current initiatives delivering 'encouraging' results
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10:10 EDTDRIDarden sees FY15 SG&A expenses lowest since going public
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09:59 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:57 EDTDRI, DRIDarden upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
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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