Starboard Sends Another Letter to Darden Board, Suggests Final Voting Has Confirmed Holders Are Requesting a Meeting

Starboard Value LP (together with its affiliates, "Starboard"), one of the largest shareholders of Darden Restaurants, Inc. ("Darden" or the "Company") (NYSE: DRI [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), with ownership of approximately 5.5% of the outstanding common stock of the Company, today announced it has delivered a letter to Darden's Board of Directors (the "Board") following the certification by the independent inspector of elections, IVS Associates, Inc., of the written requests delivered by Starboard to call a Special Meeting from the holders of approximately 57% of the Company's outstanding shares.  In the letter, Starboard calls on the Board to stop wasting time and to take this extraordinary shareholder action seriously by immediately providing notice of the Special Meeting without further undue delay.

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