Yum! Brands (YUM) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 47.2418745022339 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

YUM opened at $82.87 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.33. The stock has a market capitalization of $26.32 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.00, a P/E/G ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.84. Yum! Brands has a 1-year low of $72.61 and a 1-year high of $88.07.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.37 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.36 billion. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 27.95% and a negative return on equity of 17.36%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.68 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post 3.48 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 20th will be given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.74%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 17th. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is presently 48.65%.

Yum! Brands announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Friday, August 10th that authorizes the company to repurchase $2.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the restaurant operator to reacquire up to 7.6% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on YUM. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $88.00 price target on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Friday, August 3rd. Barclays lifted their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $81.00 to $84.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, May 3rd. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $92.00 to $90.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, May 3rd. UBS Group set a $91.00 price target on shares of Yum! Brands and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 30th. Finally, Robert W. Baird raised shares of Yum! Brands from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $83.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, May 3rd. Twelve investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $86.32.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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