Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) : Q315 Earnings Whisper

Yum! Brands’. (YUM) third-quarter results are scheduled to be revealed after the market closes today. Analysts expect the quick service restaurants operator to report earnings per share of $1.07 and revenue of $3.68 billion. That would be $0.38 higher the $0.69 per share posted last quarter and $0.2 higher the $0.87 posted in the Q314. Revenue is projected to be $330 million higher than the $3.35 billion posted in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, EarningsWhisper.com reports a whisper number of $1.10 per share.

As a quick reminder, YUM reported Q215 EPS of $0.69, $0.06 better than the Street’s consensus estimate of $0.63. Revs decreased 2.81% year-over-year to $3.11 billion versus the $3.19 billion consensus.

On valuation measures, Yum! Brands Inc. shares have a T-12 price/sales ratio of 2.74 and a price/book for the same period of 22.87. EPS is $2.04. The name has a market cap of $35.67 billion and a median Wall Street price target of $96.50 with a high target of $116.00. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate YUM a ‘Buy’, 13 rate it a ‘Hold’. Two analysts rate it a ‘Sell’.

In terms of share statistics, Yum! Brands Inc. has a total of 431.21 million shares outstanding with 0.28% held by insiders and 80.30% held by institutions. The stock’s short interest currently stands at 2.33%, bringing the total number of shares sold short to 10.02 million.

Offering a dividend yield of 1.99%, shares of Louisville, Kentucky-based company are up 18.46% year-over-year and 15.77% year-to-date.

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