How to buy Darden Restaurants (DRI) shares in the UK

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Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $148.77 after a previous close of $148.47. During the day the price has varied from a low of $148.56 to a high of $153.89. The latest price was $153.08 (25 minute delay). Darden Restaurants is listed on the NYSE and employs 156,883 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Darden Restaurants

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: DRI in this case.
  5. Research Darden Restaurants shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Darden Restaurants shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Darden Restaurants's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Darden Restaurants's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $149.43, which is 18.96% up on its pre-crash value of $121.1 and 471.43% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 $1,300.04.

Darden Restaurants share price (NYSE:DRI)

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Darden Restaurants shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-27.
Previous close$148.47
Change %3.105%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$83.731 - $153.89
50-day moving average$145.5671
200-day moving average$142.7571
Wall St. target price$161.71
PE ratio31.2877
Dividend yield$1.55 (1.03%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$4.776
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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 $153.08

1 week (2021-09-13) 2.32%
1 month (2021-08-20) 9.88%
3 months (2021-06-18) 17.66%
6 months (2021-03-19) 9.51%
1 year (2020-09-18) 70.15%
2 years (2019-09-20) 27.78%
3 years (2018-09-20) 31.46%
5 years (2016-09-20) 148.99%

Is Darden Restaurants under- or over-valued?

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

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 31x. In other words, Darden Restaurants shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

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

PEG ratio

Darden Restaurants's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6129. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $980.8 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.


Revenue TTM $7.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.11%
Gross profit TTM $1.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.98%
Return on equity TTM 24.59%
Profit margin 8.75%
Book value $21.513
Market capitalisation $19.5 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 5.5 million Darden Restaurants shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 0.2% up from 5.5 million last month.

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

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 1.7 million). Darden Restaurants's SIR currently stands at 3.33. In other words for every 100,000 Darden Restaurants shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3330 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 0.0426% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Darden Restaurants shares, roughly 43 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.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Darden Restaurants's 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.).

Environmental score

Darden Restaurants's 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.

Social score

Darden Restaurants's 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.

Governance score

Darden Restaurants's 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.

Controversy score

Darden Restaurants's 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


Dividend yield: 1.03% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.76% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 61.48% of net profits

Darden Restaurants has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.03% of its share value annually.

Darden Restaurants has paid out, on average, around 61.48% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Darden Restaurants's case, that would currently equate to about $1.55 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 2 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 July 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.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Darden Restaurants's shares have ranged in value from as little as $83.731 up to $153.89. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DRI.US volatility(beta: 1.54)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 1.5388. 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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