Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) – Research analysts at Oppenheimer cut their Q4 2018 earnings estimates for Yum China in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, January 9th. Oppenheimer analyst B. Bittner now expects that the company will post earnings per share of $0.08 for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.09. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Yum China’s FY2019 earnings at $1.57 EPS.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.44 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $2.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.24 billion. Yum China had a return on equity of 20.73% and a net margin of 6.23%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.52 earnings per share.

Other research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday. Bank of America raised Yum China from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $34.00 to $35.00 in a report on Wednesday, October 31st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Yum China currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $38.67.

Shares of YUMC opened at $34.90 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $13.11 billion, a PE ratio of 24.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.51 and a beta of 0.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.72, a quick ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01. Yum China has a one year low of $30.10 and a one year high of $48.75.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. YHB Investment Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Yum China by 1.1% during the 4th quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 71,298 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,391,000 after acquiring an additional 785 shares during the period. Cerebellum GP LLC boosted its position in Yum China by 41.7% during the 4th quarter. Cerebellum GP LLC now owns 7,948 shares of the company’s stock worth $266,000 after acquiring an additional 2,337 shares during the period. IMS Capital Management acquired a new stake in Yum China during the 3rd quarter worth about $125,000. Federated Investors Inc. PA boosted its position in Yum China by 170.9% during the 3rd quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 19,803 shares of the company’s stock worth $695,000 after acquiring an additional 12,494 shares during the period. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP boosted its position in Yum China by 104.2% during the 3rd quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 649,469 shares of the company’s stock worth $22,803,000 after acquiring an additional 331,443 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.65% of the company’s stock.

In related news, insider Angela Ai sold 8,391 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.25, for a total transaction of $312,564.75. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 17,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $637,980.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Ted Lee sold 3,795 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.26, for a total value of $137,606.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 1,863 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $67,552.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 20,591 shares of company stock worth $756,954. 0.37% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 18th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 27th were issued a dividend of $0.12 per share. This is a positive change from Yum China’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 26th. Yum China’s payout ratio is presently 33.80%.

Yum China Company Profile

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, and Little Sheep brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, hot pot cooking, Chinese food, and Mexican-style food categories.

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