How to buy Darden Restaurants (DRI) shares in Australia

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Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) is a leading restaurants business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$150.63 after a previous close of US$149.5. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD148.82 to a high of USD152.48. The latest price was USD151.81 (25 minute delay). Darden Restaurants is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Darden Restaurants

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Darden Restaurants. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: DRI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Darden Restaurants reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$149.5, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Darden Restaurants, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Darden Restaurants. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Darden Restaurants stock price (NYSE:DRI)

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Darden Restaurants shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-10.
OpenUS$150.63
HighUS$152.48
LowUS$148.82
CloseUS$151.81
Previous closeUS$149.5
Change US$2.31
Change % 1.5452%
Volume 908,914
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week rangeUS$107.8301 - US$161.9113
50-day moving average US$146.976
200-day moving average US$145.2767
Target priceUS$166.87
PE ratio 20.4432
Dividend yield US$3.45 (3.08%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$6.995

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Is it a good time to buy Darden Restaurants stock?

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Darden Restaurants share growth calculator

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Darden Restaurants price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $151.81

1 week (2022-01-10) 3.29%
1 month (2021-12-17) 8.57%
3 months (2021-10-15) 1.78%
6 months (2021-07-16) 7.10%
1 year (2021-01-15) 25.38%
2 years (2020-01-17) 33.73%
3 years (2019-01-17) 40.55%
5 years (2017-01-17) 108.30%

Is Darden Restaurants under- or over-valued?

Valuing Darden Restaurants stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Darden Restaurants's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Darden Restaurants's P/E ratio

Darden Restaurants's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Darden Restaurants shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Darden Restaurants's PEG ratio

Darden Restaurants's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5943. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Darden Restaurants's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Darden Restaurants's EBITDA

Darden Restaurants's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.3 billion (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Darden Restaurants's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Darden Restaurants financials

Revenue TTM US$8.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.66%
Gross profit TTM US$1.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.16%
Return on equity TTM 36.95%
Profit margin 10.73%
Book value 19.821
Market capitalisation US$18.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Darden Restaurants's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Darden Restaurants.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Darden Restaurants's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Darden Restaurants's overall score of 24.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Darden Restaurants is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Darden Restaurants's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.43/100

Darden Restaurants's environmental score of 7.43 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Darden Restaurants's social score

Social score: 12.35/100

Darden Restaurants's social score of 12.35 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Darden Restaurants's governance score

Governance score: 6.42/100

Darden Restaurants's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Darden Restaurants is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Darden Restaurants's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Darden Restaurants scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Darden Restaurants has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Darden Restaurants Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.2
Total ESG percentile 28.74
Environmental score 7.43
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 12.35
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 6.42
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Darden Restaurants share dividends

67%

Dividend payout ratio: 66.88% of net profits

Recently Darden Restaurants has paid out, on average, around 66.88% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.08% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Darden Restaurants shareholders could enjoy a 3.08% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Darden Restaurants's case, that would currently equate to about $3.45 per share.

Darden Restaurants's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Darden Restaurants's most recent dividend payout was on 31 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Darden Restaurants's shares ever split?

Darden Restaurants's shares were split on a 10000:8939 basis on 9 November 2015. So if you had owned 8939 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Darden Restaurants shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 10.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Darden Restaurants shares which in turn could have impacted Darden Restaurants's share price.

Darden Restaurants share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Darden Restaurants's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$107.8301 up to US$161.9113. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DRI.US volatility(beta: 1.45)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Darden Restaurants's is 1.4465. This would suggest that Darden Restaurants's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Darden Restaurants overview

Darden Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada. As of May 30, 2021, it owned and operated 1,834 restaurants, which included 875 under the Olive Garden, 533 under the LongHorn Steakhouse, 170 under the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, 81 under the Yard House, 63 under The Capital Grille, 44 under the Seasons 52, 42 under the Bahama Breeze, and 26 under the Eddie V's Prime Seafood brands. The company was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

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