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January 22, 2014
11:39 EDTEAT, DRI, CAKE, BLMN, DINBrinker hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of casual restaurant operator Brinker International (EAT) are rallying after the company's second quarter results beat expectations. Brinker owns and operates Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants and also franchises the brands. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Brinker reported second quarter adjusted earnings of 59c per share and revenue of $704.4M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 58c and $699.23M, respectively. Comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 0.8% in the quarter. On its earnings conference call, Brinker said it was "optimistic" about the second half of 2014. The company expects the rate of commodity inflation to remain flat through this calendar year and noted that 75% of its commodities are contracted through the end of the current fiscal year. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors this morning, Citigroup said that Brinker continues to gain market share and outperformed the industry during the quarter in terms of same-store sales in each month. Citi said the company's slightly better than expected results, coupled with low investor expectations for Brinker, could cause the shares to rise. The firm maintained a Buy rating with a $49 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Brinker rose $2.56, or 5.5%, to $49.25 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $50.74, and it's up over 51% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Brinkers' competitors include Darden Restaurants (DRI), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), DineEquity (DIN) and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN).
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October 21, 2014
10:29 EDTEATBrinker backs guidance of 25-50 bp of restaurant-levell op margin expansion
The company said we were not surprised by margins with the exception of the commodity expenses. Expects commodity expenses also comes back in line. The company said it is now working on changing the trajectory of the brand at Chili's with a lot more initiatives to come. It said it is nowhere near the end of the potential of grow market share. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:48 EDTEATBrinker reports sales up 3.4% $686.9M, comparable restaurant sales up 2.4%
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07:47 EDTEATBrinker reports Q1 Chili's comparable restaurant sales up 2.6%, traffic up 0.1%
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07:46 EDTEATBrinker reports Q1 EPS excl items 50c, consensus 50c
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October 20, 2014
14:29 EDTEATBrinker technical notes ahead of earnings
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13:33 EDTEATEarnings Preview: Brinker still sees $4 in EPS by 2017
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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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10:01 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTDRIDarden appoints Jeffrey Smith independent non-executive chairman of the board
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06:42 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
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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.
October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTEAT, BLMN, DRIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:52 EDTDRIDarden resumes trading, up 1.8% after all Starboard nominees elected to board
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09:47 EDTDRIDarden confirms 12 Starboard-nominated directors to board
Darden announced that, based on the preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the company's 2014 Annual Meeting, shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard-nominated directors to Darden's Board of Directors including Betsy Atkins, Margaret Shan Atkins, Jean Birch, Bradley Blum, Peter Feld, James Fogarty, Cynthia Jamison, William Lenehan, Lionel Nowell, III, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Sonsteby, and Alan Stillman. Darden noted that the preliminary vote count following the Annual Meeting also indicates that shareholders voted FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the company's executive compensation, for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG as Darden's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, for a management proposal to amend the Company's bylaws to provide for proxy access and against two shareholder proposals as described in the company's associated Proxy Statement.
09:36 EDTDRIAll Starboard directors elected to Darden board, CNBC reports
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07:15 EDTDINJackson Square reports 14.2% passive stake in DineEquity
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06:40 EDTDRIDarden up against Starboard at yearly meeting, Reuters says
Darden and Starboard Value are expected to enter into heated discussions at the company's yearly meeting, where Starboard is aiming to win full control of the restaurant company's board, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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