Red Lobster restaurants sell for $2.1 billion
Fri, 16 May 2014 15:21:53 GMT —
Darden Restaurants says it ente
an agreement to sell its Red
chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal.
The move comes as Darden, which also owns Olive Garden, fights to improve its financial performance.
Olive Garden and
Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years, and the company has been trying to update the image of its flagship chains.
Investors haves challenged Darden's plans to sell only
Red Lobster, saying that the company to separate Olive Garden and Red Lobster as a pair from its more successful specialty restaurant group.
Darden, based in Orlando, Florida, has said that Olive Garden complements its portfolio of smaller restaurant chains that cater to customers willing to spend more.