Darden Restaurants did just that, and in a shockingly swift and public fashion. Here’s a look at just how the board of the casual dining giant and parent to brands like Olive Garden and, until recently, Red Lobster, pulled it off.
In what was almost a foregone conclusion in the days leading up to the Darden annual shareholder meeting, Jeff Smith’s Starboard Value successfully replaced all 12 of its board members.
Darden Restaurants must be dying for 2014 to end.
The outgoing CEO and two top executives of Darden Restaurants stand to receive a total of $68 million over the next two years. Meanwhile, tipped employees of Olive Garden receive $2.13 per hour.
As the heated battle between Darden Restaurants and hedge fund Starboard Value comes to a head, an Olive Garden employee representing the restaurant’s workers spoke exclusively to BuzzFeed News about what life at the chain is really like. “There are things that need to change.”
The activist hedge fund grabbing headlines recently for its engagement with Olive Garden took a “significant” stake in Yahoo and sent a letter to CEO Marissa Mayer encouraging her to consider a possible merger with AOL.
One of two leading leading proxy advisory firms has recommended shareholders of Olive Garden parent Darden replace the entire board with activist hedge fund Starboard Value’s slate of 12 nominees. The news comes as Starboard is preparing to meet with Darden employees who have threatened direct action ahead of next month’s annual shareholder meeting.
A petition started by an Olive Garden employee to force Darden and Starboard Value to listen to workers’ concerns over layoffs and wages has gathered nearly 7,000 signatures.
Starboard Value’s meticulously detailed takedown of Olive Garden, which claims the restaurants gives away too many free breadsticks, overuses salad dressing, and doesn’t salt the water before cooking its pasta, made it to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Four days after an activist hedge fund released an eviscerating analysis on the state of Olive Garden restaurants, claiming it was giving away too many breadsticks and doesn’t salt the water before cooking its pasta, among other things, parent company Darden responds.
Boatloads of breadsticks, too much salad dressing, false wait times, excessively long asparagus, and other grievances of an activist hedge fund gunning for change at the pasta powerhouse.
The struggling car and equipment rental giant ceded three seats to the hedge fund titan just three days after its CEO stepped down.
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The car and equipment rental giant had faced pressure from a number of large activist investors to change its management in recent months.
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The parent company of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and other fast casual dining chains delayed its annual shareholder meeting amid allegations it was giving different information out to different classes of investors regarding the sale of Red Lobster. Activist investor Starboard Capital isn’t happy with the move.
Bill Ackman likes to position himself as making investments that are “good for America,” and while he admits that some of his 30 activist campaigns have cost jobs, he believes he is ultimately a job creator.
Osmium Partners, which just unseated the CEO and took control of the board of Spark Networks, the parent company of JDate.com and ChristianMingle.com, now holds a 10% stake in Rosetta Stone.
Hedge fund Jana Partners, which has been pushing for a sale of the pet supply company citing poor financial performance in the last year, received anonymous documents that appear to have persuaded PetSmart into considering a deal. Competitor Petco or a private equity firm is looking to bid on the company.
Spark Networks announced today its president and CEO Greg Liberman would step down after 10 years with the online dating company. The move comes one month after a hedge fund took control of the company.
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Darden Restaurants announced late Monday that CEO Clarence Otis will be stepping down after 10 years with the fast casual dining giant. His departure follows the company’s sale of Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
Engaged Capital has taken a 7% stake in Jamba Juice, which it believes is struggling to quell money losses from investments in “non-core” products, a tepid international response, and a failing New York City strategy.
Osmium Partners has successfully removed four members of the Spark Networks board after a contentious battle.
The parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster missed analyst earnings estimates for the fourth quarter. Executives, who are facing shareholder opposition to the $2.1 billion sale of Red Lobster, called fiscal 2014 “a year of transformation.”
Spark Networks, owner of JDate, Christian Mingle, and other dating websites, is facing a fierce activist campaign by the hedge fund Osmium Partners, which is looking to unseat the board and force a sale of the troubled company.
Darden says its sale last month of the seafood restaurant chain for $2.1 billion was full and fair. Activist investors say it was a scorched earth tactic meant to save the jobs of executives. A showdown is set for the company’s annual meeting later this year.
Nelson Peltz’s giant hedge fund is currently holding a position that makes up 11% of the entire $5.8 billion fund’s portfolio, but has not had to reveal what the name of the stock is, even after the quarter’s filing deadline has passed. This isn’t the first time the SEC has allowed the fund, as well as other large managers, to withhold a major filing, and some smaller activist hedge funds are questioning the fairness of the practice.
Barington Capital announced its support of a shareholder vote to kill the “fire sale” of Red Lobster to the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital. “Blatant disregard for shareholder interest.”