Many stocks have been testing new highs in 2020, and one of the most notable is Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI). Currently, DRI is trading at $84.74 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy. while the current analyst price target stands at $81.67.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $128.41 and the low is $26.15. Over the last 52 weeks, DRI is down -34.01% while the S&P 500 is up 1.21%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, DRI reported a profit of $538.0 million. Darden Restaurants Inc. also saw revenues increase to $2.35 billion. In addition, DRI has free cash flow of $531.0 million as of 02-2020 The company’s EBITDA came in at $366.0 million which compares well with its peers.
About Darden Restaurants Inc.
If readers are unfamiliar, Darden Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada. As of November 24, 2019, it owned and operated approximately 1,799 restaurants, which included 867 under the Olive Garden, 518 under the LongHorn Steakhouse, 166 under the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 79 under the Yard House, 59 under The Capital Grille, 45 under the Seasons 52, 42 under the Bahama Breeze, and 23 under the Eddie V’s Prime Seafood brands. Darden Restaurants, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. DRI has a short ratio of 1.66 and outstanding shares of 121.30M.
DRI has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 3.11 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 5.16. Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI also noted assets of $9.97 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as DRI has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, DRI represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI is now commanding a market cap of 11.06B and a float of 129.35M. DRI is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of DRI stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
Disclosure: we hold no position in DRI, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.