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June 2, 2014
17:08 EDTDRIStarboard withdraws special meeting request in letter to Darden board
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Darden Restaurants, announced that it has delivered a private letter to the Board of Directors of the company withdrawing its Special Meeting request delivered to Darden's Corporate Secretary on April 22, regarding the company's proposed separation of Red Lobster. In the letter, Starboard reiterated its disbelief that the Board committed to an irreversible, poorly structured, and clearly value destructive sale of Red Lobster prior to the Special Meeting and without requiring shareholder approval despite a clear shareholder directive to call the Special Meeting. Starboard condemned the Board for rendering the Special Meeting moot by entering into a binding contract to sell Red Lobster that does not require shareholder approval. Starboard believes that there is still substantial value to be unlocked at Darden. Starboard believes that its time is therefore better spent on the remaining opportunities to enhance shareholder value. Starboard remains committed to replacing a majority of the Board by electing a more qualified and more objective board that will commit to fairly representing shareholders, while putting in place a turnaround plan for Darden that will create substantial value.
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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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