Exhibit 99.1

Yum China Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

 

Total Revenues grew 29%. System Sales grew 14% and Same-Store Sales were up 5% in constant currency

Opened 404 new stores; Total stores reached 11,023, an increase of 1,069 stores year over year

Reported $233 million Operating Profit

 

Shanghai, China (July 28, 2021) – Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China”) (NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

 

Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak and Mitigation Efforts  

 

Second quarter operations improved from a year ago. System sales and operating profit grew year over year. System sales growth was led by accelerated new store openings and same-store sales growth. Operating profit growth was further driven by lower commodity prices, and productivity improvements.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the Company’s operations and results in the second quarter. Same-store sales recovery to pre-COVID levels was interrupted by the Delta variant outbreak in southern China, which started in late May. Local authorities tightened preventive health measures and social distancing requirements. Many communities were locked down. At the peak of this outbreak, approximately 400 of our restaurants were either temporarily closed or provided delivery and takeaway services only. This represents nearly 30% of our restaurants in Guangdong province, which has two of the four tier one cities in China, is the largest economy in China and one of Yum China’s largest markets. Across China, cautious consumer behavior persists as sporadic outbreaks remind consumers of the lingering risks. Same-store dine-in volume is still well below 2019 levels while off-premise occasions continue to grow rapidly. Overall, the pace of recovery varied by region with eastern and western China recovering relatively faster.

 

Traffic at our transportation and tourist locations improved from the first quarter but remained well below pre-COVID levels. According to government statistics, tourism spending for the three holidays in the second quarter was still down 20% to 40% compared to 2019. The impact was more pronounced for KFC, with its higher mix of stores in transportation and tourist locations.

 

As we entered July, traffic and sales continue to be pressured by lingering effects of COVID-19, such as reduced travel, a shortened school holiday and regional outbreaks in Yunnan. The latest outbreak in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province, is still evolving. The Company continues to expect that a full recovery of same-store sales will take time, with the recovery path impacted by regional resurgences and the corresponding public health measures. We will continue to focus on the elements of the business under our control, such as food innovation, compelling value propositions, a focus on customer experience, and operating efficiency, to drive sales and protect margins.

 

Second Quarter Highlights

 

 

Total revenues increased 29% year over year to $2.45 billion from $1.90 billion (a 17% increase excluding foreign currency translation (“F/X”)).

 

Total system sales increased 14% year over year, with increases of 14% at KFC and 16% at Pizza Hut, excluding F/X.

 

Same-store sales increased 5% year over year, with increases of 4% at KFC and 11% at Pizza Hut, excluding F/X.

 

Opened 404 new stores during the quarter.

 

Total store count reached 11,023 as of June 30, 2021, an increase of 1,069 stores over the past year.

 

Restaurant margin was 15.8%, compared with 13.7% in the prior year period.

 

Operating Profit increased 83% year over year to $233 million from $128 million (a 65% increase excluding F/X).

 

 

Adjusted Operating Profit increased 80% year over year to $237 million from $132 million (a 63% increase excluding F/X).

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc. •  Shanghai, China •  Website http://ir.yumchina.com

 


The following information was filed by Yum China Holdings, Inc. (YUMC) on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 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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