Darden Restaurants (DRI) -1.4% AH after announcing the acquisition of restaurant chain Yard...

|About: Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI)|By:, SA News Editor

Darden Restaurants (DRI) -1.4% AH after announcing the acquisition of restaurant chain Yard House for $585M in cash (after accounting for $30M in tax benefits). Darden predicts Yard House, which owns 39 restaurants in 13 states, will dilute its FY13 (ends May '13) EPS by $0.03-$0.05, and be accretive afterwards. Darden now plans only $50M worth of FY13 stock buybacks, down from a prior $200M-$250M. (PR)