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August 4, 2014
08:35 EDTDRIDarden responds to statements by Starboard regarding Red Lobster sale
In an open letter sent to its shareholders, Darden said, "Darden's Board determined that divesting Red Lobster was in the best interests of Darden and its shareholders. Despite numerous actions taken to improve the business, Red Lobster experienced years of declines in guest traffic, resulting in volatile and consistently weakening financial performance that significantly burdened Darden's results. Red Lobster's negative trends were continuing and accelerating at the time its sale was announced in May. Contrary to Starboard's assertion that it was "rushed," the sale of Red Lobster was the culmination of a robust and deliberate review process that began in early 2013 well before Starboard's investment. This process was designed and enabled Darden to maximize value and minimize risks associated with continuing to own the business, including risks from the brand's ongoing deterioration. The Red Lobster sale better positions Darden for sustained growth, value creation and consistent return of cash to our shareholders in contrast to Starboard's erroneous claim of value destruction. After careful evaluation, the Board was certain that halting a robust Red Lobster sale process mid-course would have negative consequences for the value received and (if any sale could be effected) for the value of Darden. Although Starboard erroneously claims the business was sold at a "discount," the $2.1 billion purchase price represents a premium multiple compared to comparable restaurant deals and exceeded many industry analysts' expected valuation ranges for the business, particularly taking into account Red Lobster's deteriorating performance. Replacing the entire Darden Board, as Starboard is seeking to do, could be significantly destabilizing to the Company and could jeopardize the Board's current commitment to its $2.20 per share annual dividend."
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July 2, 2015
10:04 EDTDRIHigh option volume stocks
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July 1, 2015
10:00 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:09 EDTDRIDarden initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
Target $74.
June 28, 2015
14:11 EDTDRIDarden shares 'could keep climbing,' Barron's says
Shares of Darden could keep rising regardless of its recently-accounted REIT plans, Barron's contends in its 'Streetwise' column. Barron's notes that Darden stock jumped nearly 6% on the news of its REIT before falling almost the same amount within the same day, and the publication argues that "spinning off a REIT is not easy in the best of times, and these are far from the best of times." Nevertheless, Barron's is confident in Darden, citing the company's future cost-cuts and share buybacks as well as its focus on growth. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
07:59 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $80 from $75 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Darden after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided higher than expected 2016 EPS guidance. The firm thinks that if the two entities formed following the spin off of the company's real estate assets execute well, the company will be able to reduce its debt by $1B, buy back stock and potentially increase its dividend. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
June 24, 2015
08:41 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $79 from $72 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Darden Restaurants to $79 citing improving fundamentals and the company's intention to pursue a REIT structure following its Q4 results. The firm expects the company's turnaround to continue and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
June 23, 2015
16:29 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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09:14 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden sees 20% of Olive Garden total sales will migrate to takeout over time
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden expects 2016 traffic to be 'flattish', but will beat market
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08:52 EDTDRIDarden expects two-thirds of 2016 EPS growth to be in 1H16
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07:06 EDTDRIDarden sees FY16 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.20, consensus $2.88
Sees FY16 same-restaurant sales growth of 2%-2.5%. Expects to open 18-22 restaurants in 2016. Sees FY16 total inflation of 1.5%-2%. Sees FY16 annual tax rate of 21%-24%. Sees FY16 total capital spending $230M-$255M.
07:05 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 same-restaurant sales up 3.8%
Reports Q4 Olive Garden same-restaurant sales up 3.4%, Q4 LongHorn Steakhouse same-restaurant sales 5.2%; Q4 The Capital Grille same-restaurant sales up 4.4%; Q4 Eddie V's same-restaurant sales up 5.2%; Q4 Yard House same-restaurant sales up 3.2%; Q4 Seasons 52 same-restaurant sales up 3.1%; Q4 Bahama Breeze same-restaurant sales up 1.7%.
07:04 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus 93c
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07:03 EDTDRIDarden to pursue separation of portion of company's real estate assets
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