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July 28, 2014
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.
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December 16, 2014
18:19 EDTDRIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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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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