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Keith Siegner
Vice President, Investor Relations, Corporate Strategy and Treasurer

Yum! Brands Reports Solid First-Quarter
System Sales Growth of 8%; Same-Store Sales Growth of 4%
GAAP Operating Profit Decline of (22)%; Core Operating Profit Growth of 12%

Louisville, KY (May 1, 2019)
- Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today reported results for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2019. Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 8%, with 7% net-new units and 4% same-store sales growth. First-quarter GAAP EPS was $0.83, a decrease of (35)%. First-quarter EPS excluding Special Items was $0.82, a decrease of (8)%.

GREG CREED COMMENTS
Greg Creed, CEO, said “The third and final year of our transformation is underway and I’m thrilled with the progress towards our commitment to becoming a more focused, more franchised, and more efficient growth company. First-quarter results were a solid start to the year, reflecting particular strength at the KFC division and Taco Bell U.S. With this quarter, we have a healthy foundation to help us achieve our 2019 guidance. Through the lens of our four growth drivers, we continue to leverage our unprecedented scale and expand our capabilities with the goal of improving franchise economics and accelerating growth. We remain confident in our enviable business model and our commitment to lasting growth that maximizes shareholder value.”
FIRST-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 8%, with KFC at 9%, Taco Bell at 7%, and Pizza Hut at 7%. Adjusting the prior year base to include Telepizza, system sales growth excluding foreign currency translation would have been 7% worldwide and 1% for the Pizza Hut Division.
We opened 310 net units in the quarter. On a year-over-year basis, which takes into account the strategic alliance with Telepizza in the fourth-quarter 2018, net new unit growth was 7%.
We repurchased 1.1 million shares totaling $106 million at an average price of $94.
We reflected the change in fair value of our investment in Grubhub by recording $20 million of pre-tax investment expense, resulting in a negative ($0.05) impact in EPS. Our Grubhub investment unfavorably impacted year-over-year EPS growth by ($0.21).
Foreign currency translation unfavorably impacted divisional operating profit by $19 million.
 
% Change
 
System Sales
Ex F/X
Same-Store Sales
Net New Units
GAAP Operating Profit2
Core
Operating Profit2
KFC Division
+9
+5
+6
+7
+14
Pizza Hut Division1
+7
Even
+10
+11
+14
Taco Bell Division
+7
+4
+3
+5
+5
Worldwide1
+8
+4
+7
(22)
+12
 
First Quarter
 
2019
2018
% Change
GAAP EPS
$0.83
$1.27
(35)
Special Items EPS2
$0.01
$0.37
NM
EPS Excluding Special Items
$0.82
$0.90
(8)
1 Pizza Hut Division and Worldwide system sales ex F/X and net new units include the benefit of our strategic alliance with Telepizza in the fourth-quarter 2018. Same-store sales reflects the inclusion of Telepizza in the prior year base.
2 See reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results within this release for further detail of GAAP Operating Profit and Special Items.
All comparisons are versus the same period a year ago.
System sales growth figures exclude foreign currency translation ("F/X") and core operating profit growth figures exclude F/X and Special Items. Special Items are not allocated to any segment and therefore only impact worldwide GAAP results. See reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results within this release for further details.

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The following information was filed by Yum Brands Inc (YUM) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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