Olive Garden’s parent company Darden beats earnings estimates as sales boom

An Olive Garden restaurant in Silverdale. Darden Restaurants, Inc. The company, which owns Olive Garden and other restaurant chains, is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter 2022 earnings on June 23.

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Darden Restaurant It reported quarterly earnings and revenue on Thursday that beat analysts’ expectations, despite experiencing high inflation that weighed on its profits.

Faced with high costs and other economic uncertainty, Olive Garden’s parent company issued a mixed forecast for fiscal year 2023.

The company’s shares rose 1.6% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared to Wall Street’s expectation, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings Per Share: $2.24 vs. $2.21 Expected
  • Revenue: $2.6 billion versus $2.54 billion expected

Darden reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $281.7 million, or $2.24 per share, down from $368.5 million, or $2.78 per share, a year ago. Analysts polled by Refinitiv were expecting earnings per share of $2.21.

gross sales It rose 14.2% to $2.6 billion, topping expectations of $2.54 billion. Across the company, same-store sales climbed 11.7%, driven by the rebound of its fine dining business.

For fiscal year 2023, Darden is expecting earnings per share from continuing operations of $7.40 to $8, which is below analysts’ expectations of $8.11. The company is assuming that inflation will increase by 6% in the new financial year. Its revenue outlook of $10.2 billion to $10.4 billion is in line with Wall Street’s estimate of $10.22 billion.

Darden also expects same-store sales growth of 4% to 6% in fiscal 2023 and 50 to 60 new restaurant openings.