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July 30, 2014
17:35 EDTYUMYum! says OSI had 'significant, negative impact' to China SSS
Yum! Brands said: "On July 20th, an undercover report was televised in China depicting improper food handling practices by supplier Shanghai Husi, a division of OSI. Subsequently, the Shanghai FDA launched an investigation into this matter, alleging illegal activity. Upon learning of this, we immediately terminated our relationship with OSI globally, with minimal disruption to our menu offerings in China. While OSI was not a major supplier to Yum! Brands, these events triggered extensive news coverage in China that has shaken consumer confidence, impacted brand usage, and disparaged the hard work of our over 400,000 Chinese employees. The result has been a significant, negative impact to same-store sales at both KFC and Pizza Hut in China over the past 10 days. Yum! Brands is outraged by the alleged illegal activity by Shanghai Husi and its violations of our standards. We reserve the right to take full legal action for the impact this has had to our business once the Shanghai FDA investigation is complete. At this point, it is too early to know how quickly sales will rebound in China and the corresponding full-year financial impact to Yum! Brands. However, if the significant sales impact is sustained, it will have a material effect on full-year earnings per share. We will provide additional perspective on this matter during our third-quarter earnings call in October. Our brands have proven resilient over time and we expect this to be the case with this situation as well."
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September 18, 2014
07:52 EDTYUMPizza Hut testing 30% lower calorie pie, USA Today reports
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September 15, 2014
17:35 EDTYUMChurchill Downs, Yum! Brands extend five-year Kentucky Derby agreement
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06:11 EDTYUMYum! Brands looking beyond pizza, tacos to Banh concept, USA Today reports
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September 10, 2014
16:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands increases quarterly dividend 11% to 41c from 37c
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September 4, 2014
11:19 EDTYUMYum! shares pull back as company cuts Q3 China SSS view
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09:06 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 9%... Verifone (PAY), up 3.8%... Methode Electronics (MEI), up 13%... Bazaarvoice (BV), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 35.7% after Teledyne (TDY) agrees to acquire the company for $22 per share in cash... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 58% after USAA lawsuit settlement... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 7% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Stereotaxis (STXS), up 22% after receiving FDA clearance for Vdrive with V-Loop system... NewLink (NLNK), up 3.4% after reporting FDA approval for Phase 1 clinical studies of Ebola vaccine. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), down 3%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1%... Matrix Service (MTRX), down 11%... Mobileye (MBLY), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.8% after updating third quarter China division same-store sales guidance... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.9% after downgraded at Pacific Crest... GoPro (GPRO), down 3.5% after downgraded at JPMorgan... Shanda Games (GAME), down 4% after announcing reconstitution of special committee.
08:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward favorable at prospective levels, says RW Baird
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08:07 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility expected to move on Q3 China division sales guidance
Yum! Brands volatility is expected to move after updating Q3 China division sales guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 18 is below its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
08:01 EDTYUMYum! Brands consensus estimates still need to come down, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Yum! Brands pre-released China Q3 same-store-sale estimate of (13%) was well below consensus of +80bps. The firm said the news should not be a surprise given recent supplier issues but consensus estimates still remain too high and will need to come down. The analyst remains below consensus and sees no specific catalysts insight. Shares are Equal Weight rated.
07:56 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target lowered to $85 from $90 at UBS
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