Analysts Anticipate Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) to Announce $1.13 EPS

Equities research analysts forecast that Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) will report earnings per share (EPS) of $1.13 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Yum! Brands’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.03 and the highest is $1.20. Yum! Brands posted earnings per share of $0.40 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 182.5%. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings report on Thursday, February 6th.

On average, analysts expect that Yum! Brands will report full-year earnings of $3.73 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.59 to $3.89. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $4.16 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.05 to $4.31. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Yum! Brands.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 30th. The restaurant operator reported $0.80 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94 by ($0.14). Yum! Brands had a net margin of 20.88% and a negative return on equity of 11.69%. The company had revenue of $1.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.35 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.04 EPS. Yum! Brands’s revenue was down 3.7% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Yum! Brands to $112.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. MKM Partners initiated coverage on Yum! Brands in a report on Tuesday, August 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $125.00 target price for the company. Wells Fargo & Co reduced their target price on Yum! Brands from $115.00 to $111.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Stifel Nicolaus reduced their target price on Yum! Brands from $110.00 to $105.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Finally, BTIG Research increased their target price on Yum! Brands to $130.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $112.88.

Shares of NYSE:YUM traded up $0.17 on Friday, reaching $98.28. 2,279,164 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,609,189. Yum! Brands has a fifty-two week low of $86.10 and a fifty-two week high of $119.72. The company’s 50 day moving average is $108.12 and its 200-day moving average is $109.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $29.76 billion, a PE ratio of 31.00, a P/E/G ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.48.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 6th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.42 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 20th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.71%. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is 53.00%.

In related news, President David W. Gibbs sold 1,521 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.63, for a total transaction of $150,016.23. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 43,279 shares in the company, valued at $4,268,607.77. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, President David W. Gibbs sold 1,578 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $110.48, for a total value of $174,337.44. Following the sale, the president now owns 42,928 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,742,685.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 16,071 shares of company stock valued at $1,835,534. 0.67% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Atwater Malick LLC acquired a new position in Yum! Brands during the third quarter worth $26,000. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Yum! Brands during the third quarter worth $30,000. Liberty Wealth Management LLC increased its position in Yum! Brands by 302.1% during the second quarter. Liberty Wealth Management LLC now owns 386 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $43,000 after buying an additional 290 shares during the last quarter. Certified Advisory Corp acquired a new position in Yum! Brands during the second quarter worth $44,000. Finally, TRUE Private Wealth Advisors acquired a new position in Yum! Brands during the second quarter worth $54,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 75.75% of the company’s stock.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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