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Yum! Brands latest news:
UPDATE 3-Yum profit buoyed by strength at KFC, shares jump
Nov 2 (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc beat Wall Street's
third-quarter profit target as KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut
restaurant sales topped expectations, sending shares up nearly 8
percent to a record high on Thursday.
BRIEF-Collins Foods says unit completes acquisition of five KFC restaurants
* Unit completed acquisition of five KFC restaurants
located in south australia from a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc
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Yum China gains after establishing dividend, detailing CEO succession plan
Yum China Holdings Inc. jumped as much as 5% in late trading Thursday after announcing earnings that included the spin-off's first dividend and an increased stock-buyback plan, and detailing plans for a new chief executive. Yum China, which spun off from Yum Brands inc. about a year ago, said that President and Chief Operating Officer Joey Wat will succeed Mickey Pant as CEO in March 2018. For the third quarter, the operator of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in China reported net income of $211 million, or 53 cents a share, on sales of $2.04 billion, up from profit of $192 million on sales of $1.88 billion a year ago. Analysts on average expected earnings of 56 cents a share on sales of $1.98 billion, according to FactSet. Yum China also announced its first dividend, 10 cents a share payable Dec. 21 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 30, and said the board had expanded its stock-repurchase authorization from $300 million to $550 million. Yum China shares neared $42 in after-hours action following the report, after closing with a 0.2% increase at $39.97.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Taco Bell to add 300 urban locations by 2022
Taco Bell, the Yum Brands Inc. Mexican chain, plans to add 300 restaurants in urban areas by 2022. New York is seen as the quick-service brand's largest market opportunity, the company said, with about 50 planned for the city's five boroughs. Five restaurants will be complete by early 2018. Four of them will be Cantina locations, which serve alcohol, and one will be an "Urban In-line" location that does not. In addition to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Boston are among the areas of focus. About 20 of the locations will be in Chicago, with eight Cantinas planned by the end of 2018. Both Cantina and In-line locations have opened nationwide since 2015. Taco Bell plans to grow to about 9,000 global locations in the next five years from more than 7,000 currently, and it plans to create about 100,000 new jobs. Yum Brands shares are up 19.6% for the year so far while the S&P 500 index is up nearly 12% for the period.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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