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Darden Restaurants, Inc (DRI) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $113.99 after a previous close of $115.44. During the day the price has varied from a low of $110.7484 to a high of $115.46. The latest price was $112.72 (25 minute delay). Darden Restaurants is listed on the NYSE and employs 177,895 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Darden Restaurants's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Darden Restaurants's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $96.61, which is 20.22% down on its pre-crash value of $121.1 and 269.45% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $26.15.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Darden Restaurants shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $356.96 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $840.51.

Darden Restaurants share price

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Darden Restaurants shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open$113.99
High$115.46
Low$110.7484
Close$112.72
Previous close$115.44
Change $-2.72
Change % -2.356%
Volume 1,312,761
Information last updated 2020-12-26.
52-week range$26.0727 - $125.96
50-day moving average $112.4082
200-day moving average $92.1072
Wall St. target price$125.86
PE ratio 17.3814
Dividend yield $1.48 (1.24%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.126
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Is it a good time to buy Darden Restaurants stock?

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Darden Restaurants price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $112.72

1 week (2021-01-15) -6.90%
1 month (2020-12-23) -5.74%
3 months (2020-10-23) 13.25%
6 months (2020-07-23) 47.98%
1 year (2020-01-23) -4.17%
2 years (2019-01-23) 4.28%
3 years (2018-01-23) 15.62%
5 years (2016-01-22) 82.01%

Is Darden Restaurants under- or over-valued?

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 17x. In other words, Darden Restaurants shares trade at around 17x 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 2.8205. 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 $438.2 million (£0.0 million).

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 $6.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.59%
Gross profit TTM $1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.69%
Return on equity TTM -4.75%
Profit margin -1.7%
Book value $18.842
Market capitalisation $15.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Darden Restaurants shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "DRI.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 5.2 million Darden Restaurants shares held short by investors – that's known as Darden Restaurants's "short interest". This figure is 11.6% up from 4.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Darden Restaurants shares can be evaluated.

Darden Restaurants's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Darden Restaurants's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Darden Restaurants shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Darden Restaurants shares traded daily (recently around 1.8 million). Darden Restaurants's SIR currently stands at 2.94. In other words for every 100,000 Darden Restaurants shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2940 shares are currently held short.

However Darden Restaurants's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Darden Restaurants shares, or, against the total number of tradable Darden Restaurants shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Darden Restaurants's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Darden Restaurants shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.051% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Darden Restaurants shares, roughly 51 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Darden Restaurants.

Find out more about how you can short Darden Restaurants stock.

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 01/01/2019) 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. A high-profile company, 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

50%

Dividend payout ratio: 50.32% of net profits

Recently Darden Restaurants has paid out, on average, around 50.32% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.24% 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 1.24% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Darden Restaurants's case, that would currently equate to about $1.48 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 1 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Darden Restaurants's shares ever split?

Darden Restaurants's shares were split on a 10000:8939 basis on 10 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 $26.0727 up to $125.96. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DRI.US volatility(beta: 1.43)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 1.4268. This would suggest that Darden Restaurants's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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Darden Restaurants overview

Darden Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada. As of May 31, 2020, it owned and operated approximately 1,804 restaurants, which included 868 under the Olive Garden, 522 under the LongHorn Steakhouse, 165 under the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, 81 under the Yard House, 60 under The Capital Grille, 44 under the Seasons 52, 41 under the Bahama Breeze, and 23 under the Eddie V's Prime Seafood brands. The company was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

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