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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI)?

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI), which is in the hospitality business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Darden Restaurants’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for Darden Restaurants

What is Darden Restaurants worth?

According to my valuation model, Darden Restaurants seems to be fairly priced at around 0.32% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Darden Restaurants today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $69.39, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Darden Restaurants’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from Darden Restaurants?

NYSE:DRI Past and Future Earnings May 18th 2020

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Darden Restaurants’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 21%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? DRI’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on DRI, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Darden Restaurants. You can find everything you need to know about Darden Restaurants in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Darden Restaurants, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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