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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 FORM 8-K
 CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report: September 18, 2019
(Date of earliest event reported)
DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission File Number: 1-13666
 
 
 
 
Florida
 
59-3305930
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
1000 Darden Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32837
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(407) 245-4000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, without par value
DRI
New York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.12b-2).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.





Item 2.02
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On September 19, 2019, Darden Restaurants, Inc. (the Company) issued a news release entitled “Darden Restaurants Reports Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results; Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend; Authorizes New $500 Million Share Repurchase Program; And Reaffirms Financial Outlook for the Full Fiscal Year,” a copy of which is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. In addition, the slide presentation accompanying the Company’s conference call will be posted on the Company’s website.

As provided in General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 2.02 in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information in this Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 5.07
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

(a)
The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company was held on September 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. On September 18, 2019, Peter W. Descovich, the independent Inspector of Election for the Annual Meeting, delivered to the Company his final, certified vote results.

(b)
The name of each director elected at the meeting, a brief description of each other matter voted upon, and the voting results, are provided below. At the Annual Meeting, the shareholders took the following actions:

(i)
Voted on the election of 8 directors to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders and until their successors are elected and qualified, as follows:
Nominees
For
 
Withheld
 
Broker
Non-Votes
Margaret Shân Atkins
94,060,741

 
2,147,743

 
11,632,771

James P. Fogarty
95,566,257

 
642,227

 
11,632,771

Cynthia T. Jamison
93,526,034

 
2,682,450

 
11,632,771

Eugene I. Lee, Jr.
95,834,492

 
373,992

 
11,632,771

Nana Mensah
95,703,560

 
504,924

 
11,632,771

William S. Simon
94,664,304

 
1,544,180

 
11,632,771

Charles M. Sonsteby
95,626,654

 
581,830

 
11,632,771

Timothy J. Wilmott
95,449,148

 
759,336

 
11,632,771


Based on these results, the following nominees were elected as directors at the Annual Meeting, each to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders and until his or her successor is elected and qualified: Margaret Shân Atkins, James P. Fogarty, Cynthia T. Jamison, Eugene I. Lee, Jr., Nana Mensah, William S. Simon, Charles M. Sonsteby and Timothy J. Wilmott.

(ii)
Approved a resolution providing advisory approval of the Company’s executive compensation.
For
91,469,235

Against
4,333,539

Abstain
405,710

Broker Non-Vote
11,632,771



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(iii)
Ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2020.
For
102,928,297

Against
4,749,721

Abstain
163,237

Broker Non-Vote
0



Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)
Exhibits.
Exhibit
Number
 
Description of Exhibit
99.1
 




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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.
 
 
By:
/s/ Ricardo Cardenas
 
Ricardo Cardenas
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Date: September 19, 2019



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