Would breaking up Darden help investors?
Shares surged Wednesday on talk of a breakup, and shareholders could find themselves with two separate, solid stocks after such a split.
Motley Fool analyst Taylor "Ice Pick" Muckerman isn't surprised by a hedge fund taking an interest in Darden considering it's such a diversified company. But it may be that very diversification that brings about a break-up; the company is composed of several quickly-growing restaurant franchises, as well as some more established businesses, and Taylor wouldn't be surprised to see the company separate those two parts.
According to Taylor, investors may want to buy shares now to avoid having to pay for two separate, solid companies after the breakup.
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