StockCall Insight into Darden and Brinker: Increased Consumer Spending To Benefit Restaurants

  StockCall Insight into Darden and Brinker: Increased Consumer Spending To
                             Benefit Restaurants

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, February 27, 2013

LONDON, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

As the U.S. economy continues to improve, there has been an increase in
private sector hiring, resulting in growing real personal disposable income.
Due to the increase in disposable income the restaurant industry stands to
benefit. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has forecasted the total
industry sales to top $660 billion in 2013, growing by 3.8 percent over 2012.
Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) and Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT)
would be major beneficiaries. StockCall has issued technical analysis and
charting reports on Darden Restaurants and Brinker International. Download
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Darden Restaurants Inc. announces projected third quarter earnings

Darden Restaurants Inc. is the world's largest full-service restaurant company
which owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants under several iconic
brands like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze,
Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and few others. For the third quarter, the
restaurant chain expects its diluted earnings per share to be in the range of
$1.00 to $1.02. The company expects, compared to prior year, its blended U.S.
same-restaurant sales growth for its Specialty Restaurant Group to be 2%. The
company also expects diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations
for fiscal 2013 to be between$3.06 and $3.22, which includes approximately 9
centsof transaction and closing costs associated with the purchase of Yard
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Clarence Otis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darden, said: "Our
priority is reestablishing same-restaurant traffic momentum at our three
largest brands. We are pleased with many of the changes we've made to be more
responsive to the financial realities of our guests by enhancing affordability
on our everyday menus and our promotional offerings. Yet, we recognize there
is still more to do to further address affordability and to improve other
important aspects of the guest experiences we provide. We are confident,
however, that we are taking the right steps for our guests and that these will
result in same-restaurant traffic improvement as we move forward."

Brinker International Inc. reports second quarter results

Brinker International Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining
restaurant companies with more than 1,500 restaurants. For second quarter of
fiscal 2013, the company reported Net Income of $37.1 million, or $0.50 per
diluted share, on Revenues of $689.7 million, thereby representing 4% earnings
growth and 1.2% sales growth over second quarter of fiscal 2012. For
twenty-six weeks period, Revenues were $1.37 billion, growing by 1.7% over
same period of fiscal 2012. The company has declared a quarterly dividend of
$14.4 million, $0.20 per common share. Sign up and have access to our free
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The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares of its common stock
for $45.1 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and a total of 4
million shares for approximately $131.4 million year-to-date.

Brinker also announced the election of Gerardo (Gerry) Lopez to its Board of
Directors. "Gerry will be an outstanding addition to our Board of Directors,"
said Doug Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Brinker International. "His nearly
three decades of experience in the entertainment, beverage and consumer
packaged goods industries, in both the U.S. and abroad, provides him with
unique insight which will be beneficial to Brinker."

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