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May 19, 2014
08:05 EDTDRIBarington Group announces opposition to Darden's sale of Red Lobster
In a statement regarding the recent sale, Barington Group CEO James Mitarotonda said, "It is unconscionable that the Darden Board would allow the Company to sell its Red Lobster business for what amounts to a 'fire sale' price after shareholders clearly indicated that they did not want the Company to enter into a transaction unless it was subject to their approval. While the announced deal reinforces the value of Darden's vast real estate assets and the benefits of establishing separate brand-focused operating companies, as structured, we believe it destroys more value than it creates. Given the market's strongly negative reaction to the announcement, it appears that other shareholders are also extremely disappointed by the transaction... After accounting for the $1.5B sale-leaseback, Golden Gate Capital is paying only approximately $600M for Red Lobster's restaurant operations. Based on Red Lobster's pro forma EBITDA of approximately $115M, it appears that Golden Gate is paying less than 5.5x pro forma EBITDA. In comparison, Darden's mature brand competitors, as stand-alone entities, trade at 9x to 10x EBITDA. The transaction also generates approximately $500M of taxes and transaction costs that could be avoided if the Board proceeded with alternative restructuring opportunities that Barington and other shareholders have recommended."
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December 16, 2014
18:19 EDTDRIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dave & Buster's (PLAY), up 7.3%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Auspex Pharmaceuticals (ASPX), up 66.5% after Phase 3 trial of SD-809 met primary efficacy endpoint... Cerus (CERS), up 26.6% after FDA approves Intercept Blood System... American Apparel (APP), up 8.6% after terminating Dov Charney for cause. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Heico (HEI), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 10% after price target cut to $1 from $10 at Credit Suisse... Linn Energy (LINE), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird.
17:56 EDTDRIDarden up 1.54% after reporting Q2 results, narrows FY15 EPS view
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16:12 EDTDRIDarden reports Q2 Olive Garden SSS were up 0.5%
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16:10 EDTDRIDarden narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.25-$2.30 from $2.22-$2.30, consensus $2.26
This reflects the expectation that the company's combined U.S. same-restaurant sales growth this fiscal year will be 1% to 2% and the impact of a 53rd operating week in the fiscal year. The current earnings expectations for the year also reflect anticipated support cost savings of $10M from the support cost reductions announced in the second quarter offset by cost pressures related to beef and dairy.
16:07 EDTDRIDarden reports Q2 EPS 28c, consensus 27c
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15:42 EDTDRINotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include HEICO (HEI), consensus 46c; Darden Restaurants (DRI), consensus 27c; Five Star Quality Care (FVE), consensus (3c).
December 15, 2014
15:21 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:15 EDTDRIDarden technical comments before earnings
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10:00 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:41 EDTDRIDarden December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:16 EDTDRIDarden upgraded at Telsey Advisory
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06:08 EDTDRIDarden upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory

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