The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Darden Restaurants's revenues will increase 9.4% and EPS will wither -9.6%.
The average estimate for revenue is $2.26 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.04.
Last quarter, Darden Restaurants booked revenue of $2.26 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.16 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $1.02. GAAP EPS of $1.02 for Q3 were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.25 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 22.4%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.0%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.18.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 404 members out of 527 rating the stock outperform, and 123 members rating it underperform. Among 151 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 131 give Darden Restaurants a green thumbs-up, and 20 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Darden Restaurants is hold, with an average price target of $50.23.
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