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July 29, 2014
08:00 EDTDRIStarboard issues statement in response to Darden CEO retirement
Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith, stated, "The overdue retirement of Clarence Otis is obviously in the best interest of Darden and its shareholders. It is surprising to us that it took this long. It is a shame for all Darden shareholders that this change happened only after the Board sanctioned the destruction of a billion dollars in shareholder value by approving the Red Lobster sale against the vehement objections of its shareholders... Unfortunately, Mr. Otis leaving represents just one small step in the transformation that is urgently needed at Darden. To be clear, the Company still requires a major overhaul at the Board level. This Board has proven over an extended period of time that it is unable to respectfully and capably represent the best interests of the shareholders they were elected to represent and cannot be trusted to make the incredibly important decision as to the selection of the next CEO of Darden. There needs to be a true and complete process to vet both internal and external talent in order to find a truly great, transformational, operationally-focused restaurant leader. This Board has a history of repeatedly making the easy decision, rather than the decision that is best for shareholders. Darden needs a majority change to the Board as soon as possible to jumpstart and complete the process of recruiting a truly great leader."
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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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