Darden Restaurants Inc Valuation – May 2018 $DRI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Darden Restaurants, Inc., incorporated on March 30, 1995, is a full-service restaurant company. The Company owned and operated 1,536 restaurants through its subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, as of May 29, 2016. The Company’s segments include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Fine Dining (which includes The Capital Grille, and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille (Eddie V’s)) and Other Business (which includes Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, consumer-packaged goods and franchise revenues). As of May 29, 2016, the Company also had 50 restaurants operated by independent third parties pursuant to area development and franchise agreements.

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ModernGraham Valuation of DRI – May 2018

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $10,921,395,378 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.39 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 27.48% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 21.78 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.16 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 0.39 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -1.03 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $4.01
MG Growth Estimate 5.67%
MG Value $79.50
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $58.09
MG Value based on 0% Growth $34.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.64%
Current Price $87.25
% of Intrinsic Value 109.74%

Darden Restaurants, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.91 in 2014 to an estimated $4.01 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.64% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Darden Restaurants, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $41.74. The company pays a dividend of $2.24 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.78, which was below the industry average of 29.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-21.96.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$21.96
Graham Number $41.74
PEmg 21.78
Current Ratio 0.39
PB Ratio 5.16
Current Dividend $2.24
Dividend Yield 2.57%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 2/1/2018
Total Current Assets $569,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,467,500,000
Long-Term Debt $926,400,000
Total Assets $5,454,700,000
Intangible Assets $2,132,200,000
Total Liabilities $3,329,800,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 125,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.62
May2017 $3.80
May2016 $2.90
May2015 $5.47
May2014 $2.15
May2013 $3.13
May2012 $3.57
May2011 $3.39
May2010 $2.84
May2009 $2.65
May2008 $2.60
May2007 $1.35
May2006 $2.16
May2005 $1.78
May2004 $1.34
May2003 $1.27
May2002 $1.30
May2001 $1.06
May2000 $0.89
May1999 $0.66
May1998 $0.45

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.01
May2017 $3.63
May2016 $3.51
May2015 $3.72
May2014 $2.91
May2013 $3.23
May2012 $3.19
May2011 $2.85
May2010 $2.50
May2009 $2.25
May2008 $1.99
May2007 $1.65
May2006 $1.72
May2005 $1.45
May2004 $1.25
May2003 $1.15
May2002 $1.01

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