Analysts’ Recent Ratings Updates for Yum! Brands (YUM)

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) recently:

  • 2/9/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target lowered by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $85.00 to $82.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 2/2/2018 – Yum! Brands had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a $89.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $92.00.
  • 1/30/2018 – Yum! Brands was downgraded by analysts at Nomura from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating. They now have a $89.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – Yum! Brands was downgraded by analysts at Instinet from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating.
  • 1/26/2018 – Yum! Brands was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Yum! Brands’ strategic transformation plan to drive growth, efforts to boost the domestic business coupled with various digital initiatives undertaken, bode well. In fact, the company has performed quite well in the domestic and many key international markets. Following China business spin-off, Yum! Brands’ endeavors to drive growth by 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. Shares of Yum! Brands outpaced the industry over the last year. The company also saw positive revisions in 2018 earnings over the last 60 days. Increased focus on bold restaurant development is likely to drive growth going forward. Yet, macroeconomic concerns and negative currency translation raise concern.”
  • 1/26/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at Edward Jones from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/21/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $94.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Yum! Brands’ strategic transformation plan to drive growth, efforts to boost the domestic business coupled with various digital initiatives undertaken, bode well. In fact, the company has performed quite well in the domestic and many key international markets. Following China business spin-off, Yum! Brands’ endeavors to drive growth by 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. Shares of Yum! Brands outpaced the industry over the last year. The company also saw positive revisions in 2018 earnings over the last 60 days. Increased focus on bold restaurant development is likely to drive growth going forward. Yet, macroeconomic concerns and negative currency translation raise concern.”
  • 1/16/2018 – Yum! Brands had its “equal weight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They now have a $84.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $79.00.
  • 1/13/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $92.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Yum! Brands’ strategic transformation plan to drive growth, efforts to boost the domestic business coupled with various digital initiatives undertaken, bode well. In fact, the company has performed quite well in the domestic and many key international markets. Following China business spin-off, Yum! Brands’ endeavors to drive growth by 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. Shares of Yum! Brands outpaced the industry over the last year. The company also saw positive revisions in current year earnings over the last 60 days. Increased focus on bold restaurant development is likely to drive growth going forward. Yet, macroeconomic concerns and negative currency translation raise concern”

Shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) opened at $79.31 on Monday. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a one year low of $62.85 and a one year high of $86.93. The company has a quick ratio of 1.41, a current ratio of 1.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.49. The company has a market capitalization of $26,730.00, a PE ratio of 20.93, a PEG ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.95.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The restaurant operator reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.59 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 17.27% and a net margin of 22.80%. The company’s revenue was down 16.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.79 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post 3.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be issued a $0.36 dividend. This is a boost from Yum! Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.82%. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.66%.

In related news, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 2,294 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.90, for a total value of $194,760.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 10,160 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $862,584. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 1,104 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.37, for a total value of $90,936.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 5,509 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $453,776.33. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 4,325 shares of company stock valued at $363,065 in the last ninety days. 7.38% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

YUM! Brands, Inc is engaged in restaurant business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated or franchised over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories operating under the KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell (collectively the Concepts) brands. The Company operates through three segments: The KFC Division, which includes the operations of the KFC concept around the world; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes the operations of the Pizza Hut concept around the world, and The Taco Bell Division, which includes the operations of the Taco Bell concept around the world.

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