Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2016 EPS estimates for shares of Yum Brands in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. Jefferies Group analyst A. Barish now anticipates that the brokerage will post earnings of $3.72 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $3.73. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $85.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Yum Brands’ Q4 2016 earnings at $0.94 EPS and FY2017 earnings at $4.15 EPS.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 5th. The restaurant operator reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.10 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $3.32 billion for the quarter. Yum Brands had a net margin of 12.62% and a negative return on equity of 589.18%. Yum Brands’s quarterly revenue was down 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.00 EPS.

Earnings History and Estimates for Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM)

A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on YUM. Robert W. Baird restated a “neutral” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Wednesday, September 7th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and set a $97.00 price objective (up previously from $96.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Sunday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, September 19th. Wells Fargo & Co. restated a “market weight” rating and set a $87.00 price objective on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Sunday, October 2nd. Finally, Vetr downgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $86.90 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Monday, June 20th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $92.11.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) opened at 88.25 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $89.38 and its 200-day moving average is $85.42. Yum Brands has a 52-week low of $64.58 and a 52-week high of $91.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $33.18 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.60 and a beta of 0.76.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 4th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 19th will be issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.31%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 17th. This is a positive change from Yum Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. Yum Brands’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 46.82%.

In other news, VP David Eric Russell sold 5,213 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total value of $469,170.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 14,428 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,298,520. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 53,518 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.72, for a total transaction of $4,908,670.96. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 245,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,538,905.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.38% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 24.7% in the third quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 3,532 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $320,000 after buying an additional 700 shares during the period. Raymond James Trust N.A. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 3.6% in the third quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 12,734 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,157,000 after buying an additional 437 shares during the period. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division raised its stake in Yum Brands by 4.9% in the third quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division now owns 5,182 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $470,000 after buying an additional 244 shares during the period. Searle & CO. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 571.0% in the third quarter. Searle & CO. now owns 34,666 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $3,130,000 after buying an additional 29,500 shares during the period. Finally, Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 13.2% in the third quarter. Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. now owns 5,469 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $497,000 after buying an additional 636 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.14% of the company’s stock.

Yum Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc (YUM) is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept.

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