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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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October 16, 2014
09:45 EDTDRIDarden expands board to 13, adds William Simon
Darden Restaurants (DRI) announced that William Simon has been appointed to the company's board, effective immediately. As a result of this action, the board also voted to expand the number of seats on the Board to 13. Simon, most recently the CEO of Walmart U.S. (WMT) and a former senior executive at Brinker (EAT), previously served on Darden's board for two years but did not stand for re-election. Darden said its board "will continue to evaluate additional qualified candidates and may, or may not, make an additional appointment to the Board in the future."
October 14, 2014
10:41 EDTDRIDarden trading higher after Gene Lee named interim CEO
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09:05 EDTDRIDarden appoints Jeffrey Smith independent non-executive chairman of the board
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October 13, 2014
13:22 EDTDRINorwegian Cruise Line names Drew Madsen as COO
Norwegian Cruise (NCLH) announced that hospitality veteran Drew Madsen has joined as president and COO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Madsen brings a strong track record of success to Norwegian with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and consumer products industry, most recently as president and COO at Darden Restaurants (DRI) the world's largest full-service restaurant company.
10:08 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.

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