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How to buy Darden Restaurants stock

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Darden Restaurants is a restaurants business based in the US. Darden Restaurants shares (DRI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Darden Restaurants employs 178,956 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $10 billion.

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Darden Restaurants stock price (NYSE: DRI)

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Darden Restaurants shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-01-25.
Latest market close$148.37
52-week range$107.89 - $152.08
50-day moving average $144.16
200-day moving average $130.98
Wall St. target price$154.72
PE ratio 20.0481
Dividend yield $4.62 (3.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.25

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Darden Restaurants price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $148.37 from 2023-01-27

1 week (2023-01-24) 1.64%
1 month (2022-12-29) 5.92%
3 months (2022-10-27) N/A
6 months (2022-07-29) 19.18%
1 year (2022-01-31) 6.08%
2 years (2021-01-29) 26.93%
3 years (2020-01-31) 27.43%
5 years (2018-01-31) 54.79%

Is Darden Restaurants stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Darden Restaurants stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Darden Restaurants's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Darden Restaurants's P/E ratio

Darden Restaurants's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Darden Restaurants shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Darden Restaurants's PEG ratio

Darden Restaurants's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2357. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Darden Restaurants's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Darden Restaurants's EBITDA

Darden Restaurants's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Darden Restaurants's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Darden Restaurants financials

Revenue TTM $10 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.02%
Gross profit TTM $2 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.74%
Return on equity TTM 3990.89%
Profit margin 9.1%
Book value $16.58
Market capitalisation $18 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Darden Restaurants's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Darden Restaurants.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Darden Restaurants's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Darden Restaurants's overall score of 24.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Darden Restaurants is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Darden Restaurants's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.43/100

Darden Restaurants's environmental score of 7.43 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Darden Restaurants's social score

Social score: 12.35/100

Darden Restaurants's social score of 12.35 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Darden Restaurants's governance score

Governance score: 6.42/100

Darden Restaurants's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Darden Restaurants's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Darden Restaurants scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Darden Restaurants has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Darden Restaurants Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.2
Total ESG percentile 28.74
Environmental score 7.43
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 12.35
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 6.42
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Darden Restaurants share dividends

65%

Dividend payout ratio: 65.15% of net profits

Recently Darden Restaurants has paid out, on average, around 65.15% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Darden Restaurants shareholders could enjoy a 3.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Darden Restaurants's case, that would currently equate to about $4.62 per share.

Darden Restaurants's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Darden Restaurants's most recent dividend payout was on 31 January 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 January 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Darden Restaurants's shares ever split?

Darden Restaurants's shares were split on a 10000:8939 basis on 9 November 2015. So if you had owned 8939 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Darden Restaurants shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 10.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Darden Restaurants shares which in turn could have impacted Darden Restaurants's share price.

Darden Restaurants share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Darden Restaurants's shares have ranged in value from as little as $107.8882 up to $152.08. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DRI.US volatility(beta: 1.23)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Darden Restaurants's is 1.226. This would suggest that Darden Restaurants's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Darden Restaurants overview

Darden Restaurants, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada. As of May 29, 2022, it owned and operated 1,867 restaurants, which included 884 under the Olive Garden brand, 546 under the LongHorn Steakhouse brand name, 172 under the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen brand, 85 under the Yard House brand name, 62 under The Capital Grille brand, 45 under the Seasons 52 brand name, 42 under the Bahama Breeze brand, 28 under the Eddie V's Prime Seafood brand name, and 3 under the Capital Burger brand; and franchised 60 restaurants comprising 35 under the Olive Garden brand, 18 under the LongHorn Steakhouse brand name, 4 under the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen brand, 2 under The Capital Grille brand name, and 1 under the Bahama Breeze brand. Darden Restaurants, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Darden Restaurants is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.361% of Darden Restaurants shares are held by insiders and 92.077% by institutions.
How many people work for Darden Restaurants?
Latest data suggests 178,956 work at Darden Restaurants.
When does the fiscal year end for Darden Restaurants?
Darden Restaurants's fiscal year ends in May.
Where is Darden Restaurants based?
Darden Restaurants's address is: 1000 Darden Center Drive, Orlando, FL, United States, 32837
What is Darden Restaurants's ISIN number?
Darden Restaurants's international securities identification number is: US2371941053
What is Darden Restaurants's CUSIP number?
Darden Restaurants's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 237194105

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