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Darden Restaurants Reports Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend; Authorizes New $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program; And Provides Fiscal 2023 Outlook

DRI

ORLANDO, Fla., June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 29, 2022.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Total sales increased 14.2% to $2.60 billion driven by a blended same-restaurant sales increase of 11.7% and sales from 33 net new restaurants
  • Same-restaurant sales:



Consolidated Darden

11.7 %




Olive Garden

6.5 %




LongHorn Steakhouse

10.6 %




Fine Dining

34.5 %




Other Business

18.5 %

  • Reported diluted net earnings per share was $2.24 as compared to last year's reported diluted net earnings per share of $2.79 and last year's adjusted diluted net earnings per share of $2.03*
  • Net earnings from continuing operations were $282 million
  • EBITDA of $431 million*
  • The Company repurchased $237 million of its outstanding common stock

* See the "Non-GAAP Information" below for more details.

Fiscal 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Total sales increased 33.8% to $9.63 billion driven by a blended same-restaurant sales increase of 30.9% and sales from 33 net new restaurants
  • Same-restaurant sales:



Consolidated Darden

30.9 %




Olive Garden

24.1 %




LongHorn Steakhouse

28.1 %




Fine Dining

62.7 %




Other Business

42.4 %

  • Reported diluted net earnings per share was $7.40, as compared to last year's reported diluted net earnings per share of $4.80 and last year's adjusted diluted net earnings per share of $4.31*
  • Net earnings from continuing operations were $955 million
  • EBITDA of $1,531 billion*

* See the "Non-GAAP Information" below for more details.

"We had a strong quarter despite experiencing high inflation, and fiscal 2022 was a solid year," said Darden President & CEO Rick Cardenas. "Darden's competitive advantages enabled our brands to strengthen their business models while our restaurant teams continued to deliver exceptional guest experiences in a challenging operating environment. As we begin our new fiscal year, our focus remains on driving profitable sales, investing in the guest experience and simplifying operations. Darden's strategy, and our strong balance sheet, positions us well regardless of the operating environment."

Segment Performance

Segment profit represents sales, less costs for food and beverage, restaurant labor, restaurant expenses and marketing expenses. Segment profit excludes non-cash real estate related expenses.



Q4 Sales


Q4 Segment Profit

($ in millions)


2022


2021


Pre-COVID1


2022


2021


Pre-COVID1

Consolidated Darden


$2,602.9


$2,279.2


$2,229.1







Olive Garden


$1,193.7


$1,103.7


$1,107.0


$265.3


$281.6


$232.9

LongHorn Steakhouse


$647.3


$572.0


$484.4


$115.8


$118.0


$92.9

Fine Dining


$210.5


$149.6


$154.6


$44.0


$33.1


$32.1

Other Business


$551.4


$453.9


$483.1


$85.9


$86.8


$77.7



Annual Sales


Annual Segment Profit

($ in millions)


2022


2021


Pre-COVID2


2022


2021


Pre-COVID2

Consolidated Darden


$9,630.0


$7,196.1


$8,765.9







Olive Garden


$4,503.9


$3,593.4


$4,390.0


$993.7


$832.9


$898.8

LongHorn Steakhouse


$2,374.3


$1,810.4


$1,892.6


$418.4


$323.5


$343.9

Fine Dining


$776.2


$443.2


$634.0


$165.0


$80.2


$129.6

Other Business


$1,975.6


$1,349.1


$1,849.3


$300.2


$193.0


$259.3

Average weekly sales by segment:


Q4 Average Weekly Sales


Annual Average Weekly Sales


2022

2021

Pre-COVID1


2022

2021

Pre-COVID2

Consolidated Darden

$107,199

$95,859

$96,542


$99,815

$76,134

$94,148

Olive Garden

$103,885

$97,425

$99,105


$98,443

$79,296

$97,759

LongHorn Steakhouse

$91,731

$83,004

$73,088


$84,896

$66,261

$70,929

Fine Dining

$182,454

$136,426

$152,848


$169,480

$103,813

$152,687

Other Business

$120,481

$101,910

$113,838


$108,790

$76,734

$107,285


1 Pre-COVID represents FY2019 Q4.

2 Pre-COVID represents trailing four quarters ended FY2020 Q3

Dividend Declared

Darden's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.21 per share, a 10% increase from third quarter fiscal 2022, on the Company's outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on August 1, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 8, 2022.

Share Repurchase Program

During the quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of approximately $237 million. In addition, yesterday, Darden's Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to $1 billion of its outstanding common stock. This repurchase program does not have an expiration and replaces the previously existing share repurchase authorization.

"By adhering to our strategy, and pricing below inflation, we ended the year with significantly better margins than pre-COVID," said CFO Raj Vennam. "As a result, we generated $1.3 billion of cash from operations in fiscal 2022. The strength of our operating model and its ability to generate durable cash flow allows us to be disciplined as we enter fiscal 2023."

Fiscal 2023 Financial Outlook

Below is the full year financial outlook for fiscal 2023. We will provide additional detail on the quarterly flow during our investor conference call scheduled for this morning at 8:30 am ET.

  • Total sales of $10.2 to $10.4 billion
  • Same-restaurant sales growth of 4% to 6%
  • 55 to 60 new restaurant openings
  • Total capital spending of $500 to $550 million
  • Total inflation of approximately 6%
  • An effective tax rate of approximately 13.5%
  • Diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations of $7.40 to $8.00
  • Approximately 124 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Darden will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on September 21, 2022. The meeting will be held in a virtual format only. The record date for shareholders to vote in the Annual Meeting is July 27, 2022.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and slide presentation on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 8:30 am ET to review its recent financial performance. To listen to the call live, please go to https://app.webinar.net/odE52WZBJex at least fifteen minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. Prior to the call, a slide presentation will be posted on the Investor Relations section of our website at:www.darden.com. For those who cannot access the Internet, please dial 1-800-263-0877 and enter passcode 3401699. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call.

About Darden

Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

Information About Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this communication regarding our expected earnings performance and all other statements that are not historical facts, including without limitation statements concerning our future economic performance, are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are first made, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date. We wish to caution investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those anticipated in the statements. The most significant of these uncertainties are described in Darden's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports. These risks and uncertainties include: the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our business and the response of governments and of our Company to the outbreak, health concerns including food-related pandemics or outbreaks of flu or other viruses, food safety and food-borne illness concerns, the inability to hire, train, reward and retain restaurant team members, a failure to develop and recruit effective leaders, labor and insurance costs, technology failures including failure to maintain a secure cyber network, compliance with privacy and data protection laws and risks of failures or breaches of our data protection systems, risks relating to public policy changes and federal, state and local regulation of our business, intense competition, changing consumer preferences, an inability or failure to manage the accelerated impact of social media, a failure to execute innovative marketing tactics, a failure to address cost pressures, economic factors specific to the restaurant industry and general macroeconomic factors including interest rates, climate change, adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, long-term and non-cancelable property leases, failure to execute a business continuity plan following a disaster, shortages or interruptions in the delivery of food and other products and services, failure to drive profitable sales growth, a lack of availability of suitable locations for new restaurants, higher-than-anticipated costs to open, close, relocate or remodel restaurants, risks of doing business with franchisees, licensees and vendors in foreign markets, volatility in the market value of derivatives, volatility leading to the inability to hedge equity compensation market exposure, failure to protect our intellectual property, litigation, unfavorable publicity, disruptions in the financial markets, impairment in the carrying value of our goodwill or other intangible assets, changes in tax laws or unanticipated tax liabilities, failure of our internal controls over financial reporting and other factors and uncertainties discussed from time to time in reports filed by Darden with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Information

The information in this press release includes financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), such as adjusted diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and EBITDA - earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company's management uses these non-GAAP measures in its analysis of the Company's performance. The Company believes that the presentation of certain non-GAAP measures provides useful supplemental information that is essential to a proper understanding of the operating results of the Company's businesses. These non-GAAP disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures are included in this release.

Fiscal 2022 EBITDA Reconciliations

$ in millions



Q4

Fiscal 2022

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations

$281.7

$954.7

Interest, Net

18.9

68.7

Income tax expense

37.6

138.8

Depreciation and amortization

93.0

368.4

EBITDA

$431.2

$1,530.6

Reported to Adjusted Earnings Reconciliation


Q4 2021


2021

$ in millions, except per share amounts

Earnings Before Income Tax

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

Net Earnings

Diluted Net Earnings Per Share


Earnings Before Income Tax

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

Net Earnings

Diluted Net Earnings Per Share

Reported Earnings from Continuing Operations

$306.0

$(63.0)

$369.0

$2.79


$576.5

$(55.9)

$632.4

$4.80

Adjustments:










Corporate restructuring1






47.8

12.0

35.8

0.27

Income tax benefit2


99.7

(99.7)

(0.76)



99.7

(99.7)

(0.76)

Adjusted Diluted Earnings from Continuing Operations

$306.0

$36.7

$269.3

$2.03


$624.3

$55.8

$568.5

$4.31


1 Includes cash expenses of approximately $38 million, primarily related to severance and benefits, paid over an eighteen month period, and non-cash expenses of approximately $10 million related to acceleration of equity-settled awards and expense associated with the postretirement benefit plan.

2 Primarily relates to our estimated federal net operating loss (NOL) for fiscal year 2021, which was carried back to the preceding five years. A non-recurring income tax benefit is generated due to the difference in the federal tax rates between fiscal year 2021 and the years to which the NOL was carried back.

DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.

NUMBER OF COMPANY-OWNED RESTAURANTS



5/29/22

5/30/21

Olive Garden

884

875

LongHorn Steakhouse

546

533

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

172

170

Yard House

85

81

The Capital Grille

62

60

Seasons 52

45

44

Bahama Breeze

42

42

Eddie V's

28

26

The Capital Burger

3

3

Darden Continuing Operations

1,867

1,834

DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


5/29/2022


5/30/2021


5/29/2022


5/30/2021

Sales

$ 2,602.9


$ 2,279.2


$ 9,630.0


$ 7,196.1

Costs and expenses:








Food and beverage

811.4


663.1


2,943.6


2,072.1

Restaurant labor

829.3


690.7


3,108.8


2,286.3

Restaurant expenses

423.8


386.0


1,582.6


1,344.2

Marketing expenses

20.2


24.3


93.2


91.1

General and administrative expenses

83.5


97.7


373.2


396.2

Depreciation and amortization

93.0


89.1


368.4


350.9

Impairments and disposal of assets, net

3.5


5.2


(2.0)


6.6

Total operating costs and expenses

$ 2,264.7


$ 1,956.1


$ 8,467.8


$ 6,547.4

Operating income

338.2


323.1


1,162.2


648.7

Interest, net

18.9


17.1


68.7


63.5

Other (income) expense, net




8.7

Earnings before income taxes

319.3


306.0


1,093.5


576.5

Income tax expense (benefit)

37.6


(63.0)


138.8


(55.9)

Earnings from continuing operations

$ 281.7


$ 369.0


$ 954.7


$ 632.4

Losses from discontinued operations, net of tax expense (benefit) of $0.3, $(0.8), $(0.2) and $(3.2), respectively


(0.5)


(1.9)


(3.1)

Net earnings

$ 281.7


$ 368.5


$ 952.8


$ 629.3

Basic net earnings per share:








Earnings from continuing operations

$ 2.26


$ 2.82


$ 7.47


$ 4.85

Losses from discontinued operations



(0.01)


(0.02)

Net earnings

$ 2.26


$ 2.82


$ 7.46


$ 4.83

Diluted net earnings per share:








Earnings from continuing operations

$ 2.24


$ 2.79


$ 7.40


$ 4.80

Losses from discontinued operations


(0.01)


(0.01)


(0.03)

Net earnings

$ 2.24


$ 2.78


$ 7.39


$ 4.77

Average number of common shares outstanding:








Basic

124.4


130.9


127.8


130.4

Diluted

125.5


132.4


129.0


131.8









DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)



5/29/2022


5/30/2021


(Unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$ 420.6


$ 1,214.7

Receivables, net

72.0


68.2

Inventories

270.6


190.8

Prepaid income taxes

274.8


337.2

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

141.4


60.2

Total current assets

$ 1,179.4


$ 1,871.1

Land, buildings and equipment, net

3,356.0


2,869.2

Operating lease right-of-use assets

3,465.1


3,776.4

Goodwill

1,037.4


1,037.4

Trademarks

806.3


806.3

Other assets

291.6


295.7

Total assets

$ 10,135.8


$ 10,656.1

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$ 366.9


$ 304.5

Accrued payroll

181.5


177.4

Accrued income taxes

32.1


35.9

Other accrued taxes

64.5


60.5

Unearned revenues

498.0


474.2

Other current liabilities

704.5


795.8

Total current liabilities

$ 1,847.5


$ 1,848.3

Long-term debt

901.0


929.8

Deferred income taxes

201.1


221.6

Operating lease liabilities - non-current

3,755.8


4,088.5

Other liabilities

1,232.2


754.8

Total liabilities

$ 7,937.6


$ 7,843.0

Stockholders' equity:




Common stock and surplus

$ 2,226.0


$ 2,286.6

Retained earnings (deficit)

(25.9)


522.3

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(1.9)


4.2

Total stockholders' equity

$ 2,198.2


$ 2,813.1

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 10,135.8


$ 10,656.1

DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



Twelve Months Ended


5/29/2022


5/30/2021

Cash flows—operating activities




Net earnings

$ 952.8


$ 629.3

Losses from discontinued operations, net of tax

1.9


3.1

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings from continuing operations to cash flows:




Depreciation and amortization

368.4


350.9

Impairments and disposal of assets, net

(2.0)


6.6

Stock-based compensation expense

60.5


72.4

Change in current assets and liabilities and other, net

(117.0)


131.2

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

$ 1,264.6


$ 1,193.5

Cash flows—investing activities




Purchases of land, buildings and equipment

(376.9)


(254.9)

Proceeds from disposal of land, buildings and equipment

10.1


5.4

Purchases of capitalized software and changes in other assets, net

(22.2)


(14.2)

Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations

$ (389.0)


$ (263.7)

Cash flows—financing activities




Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

40.2


46.2

Dividends paid

(563.0)


(202.6)

Repurchases of common stock

(1,071.3)


(45.4)

Proceeds from (repayments of) short-term debt, net


(270.0)

Other, net

(15.6)


(7.1)

Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations

$ (1,609.7)


$ (478.9)

Cash flows—discontinued operations




Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of discontinued operations

(8.5)


0.5

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations

$ (8.5)


$ 0.5





(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(742.6)


451.4

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

1,214.7


763.3

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$ 472.1


$ 1,214.7


Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash:

5/29/2022


5/30/2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 420.6


$ 1,214.7

Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

51.5


Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash shown in the statement of cash flows

$ 472.1


$ 1,214.7

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