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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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