Contrasting Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) and Its Competitors

Yum China (NYSE: YUMC) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Quick Service Restaurants” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Yum China to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Yum China and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yum China 0 3 8 0 2.73
Yum China Competitors 261 1416 1727 81 2.47

Yum China currently has a consensus target price of $44.41, suggesting a potential upside of 9.54%. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 11.22%. Given Yum China’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Yum China has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Yum China and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yum China 8.43% 21.35% 14.21%
Yum China Competitors 6.63% 13.77% 9.28%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.6% of Yum China shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Yum China shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Yum China and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Yum China $6.75 billion $502.00 million 27.58
Yum China Competitors $3.20 billion $441.82 million 457.30

Yum China has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Yum China is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Yum China pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Yum China pays out 6.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 41.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Yum China beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Yum China Company Profile

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a restaurant company. The Company’s segments include KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments, including Pizza Hut Home Service, East Dawning, Little Sheep and Taco Bell. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 7,500 restaurants in China. Its restaurant base consists of various restaurant concepts. The Company’s restaurants in each of its concept offer consumers the ability to dine in and/or carry out food. In addition, KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, Pizza Hut Home Service and East Dawning offer delivery service. KFC is the quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand. Pizza Hut Casual Dining is the casual dining restaurant (CDR) brand. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 360 Pizza Hut Home Service units in over 50 cities in China. The Little Sheep concept specializes in Hot Pot cooking. East Dawning is a Chinese food QSR brand. Taco Bell is a QSR brand specializing in Mexican-style food.

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