Brokerages Anticipate Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) to Post $0.13 EPS

Equities research analysts expect Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) to report $0.13 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have made estimates for Yum China’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.14 and the lowest is $0.11. Yum China reported earnings per share of $0.12 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 8.3%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 30th.

On average, analysts expect that Yum China will report full year earnings of $1.73 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.69 to $1.77. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will report earnings of $1.86 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.80 to $1.89. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Yum China.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.04. Yum China had a net margin of 8.05% and a return on equity of 21.63%. The firm had revenue of $2.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.37 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.51 earnings per share. Yum China’s revenue was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year.

YUMC has been the topic of a number of research reports. ValuEngine downgraded Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price for the company in a report on Saturday, September 14th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group began coverage on shares of Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 28th. They set a “buy” rating and a $54.60 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $51.64.

Shares of YUMC stock opened at $44.09 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 1.37. The firm has a market capitalization of $16.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.86 and a beta of 1.11. Yum China has a one year low of $31.35 and a one year high of $48.36. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $43.27 and a 200 day moving average price of $43.62.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 17th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 26th will be given a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 25th. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 31.37%.

In related news, insider Aiken Yuen sold 2,081 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.03, for a total transaction of $91,626.43. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 2,690 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $118,440.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.44% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of YUMC. Edge Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Yum China during the third quarter valued at $27,000. Griffin Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Yum China in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $32,000. Westside Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Yum China during the second quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Usca Ria LLC acquired a new stake in Yum China during the third quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Finally, HM Payson & Co. bought a new stake in Yum China during the second quarter worth approximately $37,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.55% of the company’s stock.

About Yum China

Yum China Holdings, Inc owns, operates, and franchises restaurants in China. The company operates in two segments, KFC and Pizza Hut. It operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, East Dawning, Little Sheep, and COFFii & JOY brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, hot pot cooking, Chinese food, Mexican-style food, and coffee categories.

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