Same-restaurant sales for the quarter increased 4.2%.
Darden clocked an operating margin of 10%, and the operating income fell 13% Y/Y to $244.2 million.
EPS of $1.56 was in-line with the consensus.
Darden generated an operating cash flow of $427.8 million for the quarter. It held $435.9 million in cash and equivalents as of August 28, 2022.
Darden's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.21 per share on the common stock, payable on November 1, 2022, to shareholders of record on October 10, 2022.
As of the end of Q1, the company had approximately $912 million remaining under the current $1 billion repurchase authorization.
Guidance, reaffirmed: Darden sees FY23 sales of $10.2 billion - $10.4 billion versus the consensus of $10.29 billion.
It expects FY23 EPS of $7.40-$8.00 versus the consensus of $7.70.
The restaurant chain expects same-restaurant sales growth of 4%-6% with 55 to 60 new restaurant openings.
Price Action: DRI shares are trading lower by 3.07% at $127.25 in premarket on the last check Thursday.
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