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February 4, 2013
16:54 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides update on China KFC sales
KFC sales in the last two weeks of the fourth quarter were significantly impacted by the intense media attention surrounding an investigation by the Shanghai FDA into poultry supply management at Yum! China. The investigation was prompted by a report broadcast on China's national television (CCTV), which aired on December 18, 2012. The report showed that a few poultry farmers were ignoring laws and regulations by using excessive levels of antibiotics in chicken. Regrettably, some of this product was purchased by two poultry suppliers of KFC China. The investigation caused further media attention, including social media commentary, and this negatively affected consumer perceptions of poultry safety, and KFC in particular. On January 25, 2013, the SFDA concluded its investigation and released its recommendations. We appreciate their thorough and diligent review. The SFDA identified issues and provided "Supervisory Recommendations" to Yum! China to strengthen our poultry supply chain practices including refined voluntary self testing procedures, improved reporting and communications and enhanced supplier management. Our team in China has taken a comprehensive review of our current system and is in the process of incorporating all of the SFDA's recommendations. We have always recognized the importance of building a world-class supply chain in China, which is why we have implemented a wide range of quality assurance and testing practices over the years above legal and regulatory standards. The SFDA's recommendations will further strengthen those practices. The SFDA did not bring a case against Yum! China and no fine was assessed. The past seven weeks of media attention have been intense and negative towards the KFC brand image. Even though this is a very disappointing setback, we are more committed than ever to continue to strengthen our efforts, restore the confidence of our customers and win back their brand loyalty. To that end, the China team will soon be launching a brand reputation quality campaign to re-assure consumers of our high quality food, along with aggressive marketing plans.
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09:37 EDTYUMDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
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09:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands China business still poised to recover, says RBC Capital
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10:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands says commodity costs will be up 3% in Q4
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09:48 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees Q4 SSS to be negative
Expects margins in China to improve as sales improve, but notes that the China sales guidance is still "very difficult" to predict. Says generated $2B of EBITDA so far this year.
09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects China business to 'fully recover'
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07:29 EDTYUMYum! comp weakness in China has bottomed, says UBS
UBS believes Yum! Brands' recovery in China is under way, but that visibility remains limited following yesterday's Q3 results. The firm still has many questions about company strategy, but believes China comp weakness has bottomed. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Stifel
After Yum! reported weaker than expected results ex-items, Stifel continues to expect the company to eventually carry out a significant restructuring that could include a partial listing of its China unit in Hong Kong and/or a $15 per share debt recapitalization. The firm continues to believe that Yum! China is one of the best retail businesses in the world. It cut its price target on Yum! to $105 from $110 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.

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