DRI: MANAGEMENT'S PERPETUAL, MISGUIDED VISION

Upon further review of Darden’s disastrous 4Q earnings release and outlook for FY15, we have updated some of our thoughts on the company’s vision for the future.  To be clear, following the divestiture of Red Lobster, we believe the company will struggle to pay its current dividend in FY16 without levering up.

For the sake of shareholders, Starboard must get control of the Board on September 30th.  Without a change of this magnitude, shareholders can expect more of the same: dismal returns, value destructive initiatives, and a complete disregard for shareholder concerns.

We’ve attached our commentary in a 12 page slide deck below.

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Howard Penney

Managing Director

Fred Masotta

Analyst