Yum! Brands YUM delivered better-than-expected results for first-quarter 2018. Adjusted earnings of 90 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 68 cents. Further, earnings surged 38% year over year. The shift to refranchising substantially bolstered the company's operating margin and earnings per share. Further, the trend is expected to continue.
Total revenues of $1,371 million were down 3% year over year but surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,082 million. The decline in total revenues was mainly due to decrease in company sales as an impact of its continued strategic refranchising initiative.
Despite reporting better-than-expected results the company's shares are down nearly 5% in pre-market trading session after its comps growth of 1% came in below the analyst expectations. Nevertheless, shares of Yum! Brands have rallied 27% over the past year, outperforming the industry 's gain of 6%.
Yum! Brands reports under three segments - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
KFC revenues were $658 million, down 10% on a year-over-year basis. Comps at the KFC division dipped 2% compared with the year-ago quarter's rise of 2% and the previous quarter's increase of 3%.
Segment operating margin was up 5.3% to 33.6% year over year owing to refranchising and same-store sales growth.
At Pizza Hut , revenues were $251 million, up 8% on a year-over-year basis. Comps were up 1% against the year-ago quarter's decline of 3% and preceding quarter's increase of 1%.
Segment operating margin was down 0.6% year over year to 35%.
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Taco Bell revenues were $462 million, up 2% from the year-ago quarter. Comps were up 1%, which compared unfavorably with the year-ago quarter growth of 8%.
Segment operating margin was down 2.7% to 28.5% year over year.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Yum! Brands carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
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