Exhibit 99
Red Lobster Olive Garden LongHorn Steakhouse The Capital Grille
Bahama Breeze Seasons 52 Eddie V's Yard House

www.darden.com
 
NEWS/INFORMATION
 
Corporate Relations
 
P.O. Box 695011
 
Orlando, FL 32869-5011
FOR RELEASE
Contacts:
 
June 21, 2013
(Analysts) Matthew Stroud
(407) 245-6458
7:00 AM ET
(Media) Rich Jeffers
(407) 245-4189

DARDEN RESTAURANTS REPORTS DECREASES IN FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2013 DILUTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
AND INCREASES ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND 10 PERCENT

ORLANDO, FL, June 21 - Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today reported diluted net earnings per share and sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 26, 2013.
 
Headlines for the quarter and fiscal year include the following:

Fourth quarter diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.01, a 12% decrease from $1.15 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year. Net earnings from continuing operations in this year's fourth quarter were $133.3 million, which compares to net earnings from continuing operations of $151.6 million in the fourth quarter last year. This year's fourth quarter results include costs and purchase accounting adjustments associated with the Company's August 29, 2012 acquisition of Yard House USA, Inc. that reduced diluted net earnings per share for the quarter by one cent and net earnings by $1.9 million.

Fourth quarter total sales from continuing operations were $2.30 billion, an 11.3% increase from the $2.07 billion generated in the fourth quarter of last year. The increase reflects blended same-restaurant sales growth of 2.2% for Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, same restaurant-sales growth of 2.3% for the Company's Specialty Restaurant Group, the addition of 44 Yard House restaurants (including the 40 restaurants that were acquired and four that were opened following acquisition) and the operation of another 100 net new restaurants compared to the fourth quarter last year. In the fourth quarter, U.S. same-restaurant sales increased 3.5% at LongHorn Steakhouse, 3.2% at Red Lobster and 1.1% at Olive Garden.

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The following information was filed by Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) on Friday, June 21, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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