LOUISVILLE, Ky.--()--Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), in advance of its annual Investor Update Meeting, increases its full year 2011 EPS growth forecast to at least 13%, or $2.85 a share, excluding special items; previous guidance was at least 12%. Yum! also announces it expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2012, excluding special items, which would mark its eleventh straight year of meeting or exceeding this annual EPS growth target.
“On the Ground Floor of Global Growth…China and a Whole Lot More”
David C. Novak, Chairman and CEO, said, “This has been a strong year led by our China and Yum! Restaurant International businesses and I’m pleased to report we have raised our 2011 full-year EPS growth forecast to at least 13%, despite our disappointing U.S. results. We are pleased our global portfolio is delivering another strong year of EPS growth, with our leading position in Emerging Markets growing stronger.
We are well positioned for another strong year in 2012 given our robust international new unit development, innovative marketing and operating plans, as well as the opportunity to dramatically improve U.S. performance.”
The annual investor meeting theme is “On the Ground Floor of Global Growth…China and a Whole Lot More,” as the company will share its plan to continue its quest to be the defining global company that feeds the world.
Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2012, excluding special items.
Note: 2012 will lap the 53rd week from 2011. This will be a headwind in Q4 2012 for YRI and the U.S., and will affect sales and operating profit growth.
The company will present a business update and take questions on its strategies and global expansion outlook on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from approximately 8:45 am to 1:00 pm EST, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Following the event the company will have a detailed modeling session. This session will begin at 1:15 pm, and will provide further details and answer questions related to full-year 2012 guidance. All the events are expected to end about 2:00 pm.
The 2011 Investor Update Meeting will be webcast live with the presentation and will also be available following the event along with the detailed full-year 2012 guidance. These can be accessed online at www.yum.com.
This announcement, any related announcements and the related webcast may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We intend all forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that can cause our actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: economic and political conditions in the countries where we operate; currency exchange and interest rates; commodity, labor and other operating costs; competition, consumer preferences or perceptions; the impact of any widespread illness or food borne illness; the effectiveness of our operating initiatives and marketing; new-product and concept development by us and our competitors; the success of our strategies for refranchising and international development; the continued viability of our franchise and license operators; our ability to secure and maintain distribution and adequate supply to our restaurants; publicity that may impact our business and/or industry; pending or future legal claims; our effective tax rates; our actuarially determined casualty loss estimates; government regulations; and accounting policies and practices. You should consult our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the information set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K) for additional detail about factors that could affect our financial and other results. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We are not undertaking to update any of these statements.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 38,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries and territories. The company is ranked #214 on the Fortune 500 List, with revenues of more than $11 billion in 2010. Four of the company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver’s and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza, quick–service seafood and Mexican–style food categories. A&W Restaurants is the longest running quick–service franchise chain in America. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened approximately four new restaurants each day of the year, making it a leader in international retail development. The Company has consistently been recognized for its reward and recognition culture, diversity leadership, community giving, and consistent shareholder returns.
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