Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM - Free Report) posted better-than-expected second-quarter 2017 results with both earnings and revenues surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Earnings and Revenue Discussion
Adjusted earnings of 68 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 61 cents by 11.5%. Further, earnings increased 21% year over year owing to lower share count.
Meanwhile, total revenues of $1.45 billion were down over 4% year over year primarily due to lower company sales. However, revenues came above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.41 billion by nearly 3%.
From Jan 2016, the company’s India business integrated its three restaurant brands into the global KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell divisions. Notably, on Oct 31, 2016, Yum! Brands’ completed the spin-off of the China business into an independent, publicly-traded company. Post-separation Yum! Brands now reports under three segments – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Going forward, the company aims to drive growth at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands via its strategic transformation plan, following the separation of the company’s all-important China division. Notably, the company’s transformation and growth strategy entails employing greater focus on the development of its three iconic global brands, increasing its franchise ownership, and creating a leaner and more efficient cost structure.
Comps at the KFC division were up 3% same as the year-ago quarter figure but higher than last quarter’s growth of 2%. Growth was witnessed across the U.S. as well as developed and emerging markets internationally.
Pizza Hut comps decreased 1% same as the year-ago quarter figure but comparing favorably with last quarter’s dip of 3%. Comps grew 2% in international emerging markets but declined 3% in the U.S. Meanwhile, comps at international developed markets remained flat.
Taco Bell comps increased 4%, comparing favorably with comps decline of 1% a year ago but lower than the 8% rise in the preceding quarter.
While restaurant margins improved at KFC and Taco Bell, it declined at the Pizza Hut division.
Yum! Brands currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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