Press Release

Egan-Jones Proxy Services Makes Announcement Regarding its Research Report on Darden Restaurants

Haverford, PA - Egan Jones Proxy Services announced today that responding to a request to review potentially new material facts and in connection with recent SEC guidance regarding proxy advisers, it has temporarily withdrawn its research report for Darden Restaurants, Inc. published earlier today. This report will be re-released after two separate phone conferences tentatively planned for September 26 with representatives of Darden management and dissident Starboard Value LP. This contested shareholder meeting is scheduled to occur on October 10, 2014.

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