Darden (DRI) Gets a Buy Rating from Robert W. Baird

By Ryan Adsit

In a report issued on July 6, David Tarantino from Robert W. Baird maintained a Buy rating on Darden (DRIResearch Report). The company’s shares closed last Tuesday at $141.87, close to its 52-week high of $150.20.

According to TipRanks.com, Tarantino is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 14.2% and a 72.5% success rate. Tarantino covers the Services sector, focusing on stocks such as Restaurant Brands International, Cheesecake Factory, and BJ’s Restaurants.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Darden is a Moderate Buy with an average price target of $162.56, representing a 20.0% upside. In a report issued on June 22, RBC Capital also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $162.00 price target.

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Based on Darden’s latest earnings release for the quarter ending May 31, the company reported a quarterly revenue of $2.28 billion and net profit of $369 million. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $1.27 billion and had a GAAP net loss of $480 million.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 53 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of DRI in relation to earlier this year.

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. is a full-service restaurant company, which engages in the provision of restaurant services. It operates through the following segments: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Fine Dining, and Other Business. The Olive Garden segment is the largest full-service dining Italian restaurant operator. The LongHorn Steakhouse segment includes the results of the company-owned LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants. The Fine Dining segment comprises of the premium brands that operate within the fine-dining sub-segment of full-service dining and includes the results of its company-owned The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s restaurants. The Other Business segment aggregates the remaining brands and includes the results of its company-owned Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze restaurants; and from franchises and consumer-packaged goods sales. The company was founded by William B. Darden in 1938 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.