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July 23, 2014
11:38 EDTRT, DRI, DENN, BWLD, EATBrinker retreats after analyst downgrades on industry concerns
Shares of casual dining restaurant operator Brinker (EAT) are falling after RBC Capital downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. Brinker owns and franchises the Chili's and Maggiano's chains. WHAT'S NEW: Casual dining trends remain "worrisome" this summer, RBC Capital analyst David Palmer wrote. Data compiled during 2006-2012 show that visits to major casual dining trends by upper class "millennials" fell 12% during the period, while visits by low income millennials tumbled 29% over those six years. Consequently, Palmer expects same-store sales growth for the causal dining sector to remain near 0%. Brinker's new initiatives should enable the company to continue to grow its sales at a faster rate than the industry average, but the initiatives are unlikely to enable the company to generate "outsized" traffic for the company, the analyst contended. On a positive note, Brinker's free cash flow and share repurchases, along with its commitment to cut costs, should prevent the stock from falling too far, according to the analyst. He cut his rating on the shares to Sector Perform from Outperform and reduced his price target on the stock to $49 from $56. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other casual dining names include Darden Restaurants (DRI), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), Denny's (DENN), and Ruby Tuesday (RT). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Brinker dropped 1.3% to $44.55.
News For EAT;DRI;BWLD;DENN;RT From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
12:06 EDTEAT, BWLD, DRI, DENNFDA finalizes menu calorie labeling rules
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06:51 EDTEAT, DRI, BWLD, DENNFDA to force calorie restaurants, theaters to show calorie totals, NY Times says
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November 24, 2014
10:00 EDTDENNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Berry Plastics (BERY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PT Indosat (IIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Silvercorp Metals (SVM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Toro Company (TTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein.
06:48 EDTDENNDenny's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
November 19, 2014
08:40 EDTDRIDarden results poised to improve, says Sterne Agee
Following recent management changes and cost cuts by Darden, Sterne Agee thinks the company's financial performance is poised to improve. The firm believes the stock has many potential catalysts, and it raised its price target on the name to $64 from $55 while keeping a Buy rating.
November 18, 2014
16:46 EDTDRIDarden up 2% following restructuring announcement
16:45 EDTDRIDarden to incur one-time charges in 2Q15
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16:43 EDTDRIDarden to clsoe corporate aviation departement, sell planes 'in due course'
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16:43 EDTDRIDarden to restructure Olive Garden, LongHorn field leadership
Darden will eliminate one layer of field operations supervision to provide greater line of sight for restaurant leadership teams. This streamlining is expected to result in improvements in both visibility and accountability as the brand leaders at Olive Garden and LongHorn continue to work on improving the guest experience.
16:41 EDTDRIDarden to eliminate 25 open support positions
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16:40 EDTDRIDarden Chief Human Resources Officer Ng to transition from position
Daisy Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer, will transition out of her role after more than nine years with Darden. Danielle Kirgan, currently SVP, Human Resources, Specialty Restaurant Group and Total Rewards, will assume Ng's position effective January 5, 2015. Ng will assist in the transition and support the work of the board including the work of the Compensation Committee.
16:39 EDTDRIDarden CFO Richmond to retire
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16:37 EDTDRIDarden announces restructuring, strategic actions
Darden Restaurants announced several leadership changes and strategic actions in order to increase the focus on restaurant operations and improve the guest experience. These changes will better position Darden to win the battle for market share across all of its concepts. In addition to improving focus and providing better support for the company's restaurants, the announcement will lead to approximately $20M in annualized cost savings through a reduction in General and Administrative expenses. The company expects savings of approximately $10M this fiscal year which will mitigate anticipated near-term cost increases in dairy, beef and other commodities. Darden Interim CEO Gene Lee stated, "Winning market share, improving same-restaurant-sales and achieving best-in-class profitability are our key operational objectives going forward, so we need to fine-tune our approach to the business to make sure we are laser-focused on these initiatives. The actions announced today are critically important steps in becoming more efficient in how we support the restaurants. This includes limiting the number of distractions that divert our attention from what matters most continually working to improve the food and service we offer our guests."
16:35 EDTDRIDarden reports restructuring, closes aviation department, CFO retirement
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