Darden Restaurants Inc. shares jumped 8.3% in Thursday premarket trading after the company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations. Net income for the quarter totaled $174.5 million, or $1.39 per share, up from $123.8 million, or 98 cents per share, for the same period last year. Adjusted EPS was also $1.39. Revenue was $2.13 billion, up from $1.93 billion last year. The FactSet consensus was for EPS of $1.35 and revenue of $2.13 billion. Same-store sales for Darden’s legacy brands, which includes Olive Garden (up 2.4%), The Capital Grille (up 2.6%), and Eddie V’s (up 3.6%) was up 2.2%. Same-store sales for Cheddar Scratch Kitchen, a more recent acquisition, was down 4.7% for the quarter. For fiscal 2019, Darden expects same-store sales growth of 1% to 2%, sales growth of 4% to 5%, and EPS of $5.40 to $5.56. The FactSet consensus is for EPS of $5.41. On Wednesday, Darden raised its dividend 19% to 75 cents per common share, payable to shareholders of record on July 10, 2018. And the company authorized a new share repurchase program of $500 million. Darden shares are down nearly 3% for the year to date, but up 5.7% for the last 12 months. The S&P 500 index is up 3.5% for 2018 so far.