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January 22, 2014
11:39 EDTEAT, CAKE, DIN, DRI, BLMNBrinker 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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July 1, 2015
06:09 EDTEATBrinker initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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06:08 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory initiated with a Sell at Goldman
Goldman initiated Cheesecake Factory with a Sell and $51 price target. The firm believes Cheesecake's higher-income customer base and capacity constraints indicate the company will achieve relative underperformance versus the group.
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
08:03 EDTEATBrinker acquires 103 franchised Chili's restaurants
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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
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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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June 22, 2015
15:00 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:12 EDTDRIDarden July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Darden July call option implied volatility is at 25, July is at 24, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 23.
06:54 EDTDRIDunkin' Brands and Darden are top picks heading into 2H 2015 at Credit Suisse
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