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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 Chiliís and Maggianoís 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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September 17, 2014
09:58 EDTDRIDarden urges shareholders to support independent director nominees
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September 16, 2014
10:30 EDTDRIStarboard urges shareholders to vote for slate of board nominees
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September 15, 2014
10:12 EDTDRIDarden says current initiatives delivering 'encouraging' results
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10:10 EDTDRIDarden sees FY15 SG&A expenses lowest since going public
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09:59 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:57 EDTDRI, DRIDarden upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
September 12, 2014
08:49 EDTDRIDarden expects to maintain current quarterly dividend of 55c per share
08:49 EDTDRIDarden sees FY15 food costs up 2%-2.5%
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07:46 EDTDRIDarden issues statement regarding Starboard's operational plan
COO Gene Lee said, "We remain open minded toward all ideas that support long-term value creation for our shareholders and improve the dining experience for our guests. While we will carefully and thoughtfully review Starboard's plan, which has been promised by Starboard for some time, upon initial review, we believe many of the brand and cost optimization strategies are already being implemented across our company and are showing results. The Olive Garden Brand Renaissance is well underway, and the improvements we are seeing in guest satisfaction and traffic trends reinforce our confidence in Olive Garden's potential. In addition, our efforts to grow and develop LongHorn Steakhouse and our Specialty Restaurants are on track. As we evaluate the Starboard plan, we will work to continue making strong progress across our brands for the benefit of all Darden stakeholders, including our employees."
07:08 EDTDRIDarden sees Q2 adjusted EPS 26c-28c, consensus 26c
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07:07 EDTDRIDarden backs FY15 adjusted EPS 2.22-$2.30, consensus $2.23
These expectations reflect the Company's projection that U.S. same-restaurant sales growth for fiscal 2015 for Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and the Specialty Restaurant Group will be flat to +1%, +1% to +2% and approximately +2%, respectively. Current earnings expectations for the year also reflect previously announced plans for the opening of approximately 37 net new restaurants.
07:06 EDTDRIDarden: Olive Garden Renaissance plan beginning to delive rpositive results
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07:04 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 Olive Garden's sales down 0.5% to $913.5M
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07:03 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 LongHorn Steakhouse same-restaurant sales up 2.8%
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07:01 EDTDRIDarden reports Q1 adjusted EPS 32c, consensus 32c
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06:09 EDTDRIStarboard releases detailed transformation plan for Darden
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September 11, 2014
15:10 EDTDRIDarden technical comments before earnings
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15:10 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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September 10, 2014
17:49 EDTDRIStarboard Value says Darden has not fully complied with Florida courtís order
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09:07 EDTDRIDarden Restaurants volatility elevated into Q2 and growth outlook
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