SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”) has outlined its vision for the company as an independent business at Louisville-based Yum! Brands, Inc.’s (NYSE: YUM) annual investor conference Tuesday in New York, NY. Yum China expects to begin trading as an independent company beginning November 1, 2016, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “YUMC.”
“Yum China is a powerhouse business that will be one of China’s largest publicly traded retail companies. We employ over 400,000 people and serve over 2 billion customers annually. With our unique market position and a rapidly growing middle class and urban population, we believe that we offer an unrivalled opportunity for sustained long-term growth in China,” said Micky Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. “At separation, we will be operating a highly cash-generative business, with no external debt and ample cash on hand. This will enable us to invest in new restaurants, digital engagement and our delivery network, providing job opportunities to thousands more people across the country and contributing to economic growth.”
Mr. Pant concluded, “With leading brands and supported by U.S. governance, Yum China is a unique investment opportunity. We are committed to generating value for our customers, our employees and our shareholders for decades to come.”
Yum China Highlights – Post-separation
Largest independent restaurant company in China, with exclusive rights to the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands in China, and ownership of China’s Little Sheep and East Dawning brands
No debt and expect over $900 million cash on hand at separation, and significant free cash flow generation, enabling shareholder cash returns and investment in new growth engines
Industry-leading development capability, marketing scale and coverage, supply chain infrastructure and brand strength in the world’s fastest-growing major economy
Potential to triple units over the long term
Substantial runway for same-store sales growth
Strong and experienced management team, led by Micky Pant and a highly qualified Board of Directors, led by Dr. Fred Hu
About Yum China
Yum China Holdings, Inc. will become a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It will have exclusive rights to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which is expanding globally but is not yet in China. Yum China will also own the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. The new company will be well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It will have a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China has more than 7,300 restaurants and more than 400,000 employees in over 1,100 cities, and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.
The separation is currently expected to occur after the close of business on October 31, 2016. Yum China expects to begin trading “regular way” as an independent company beginning November 1, 2016, on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “YUMC.” Yum! Brands expects “when-issued” trading for both Yum! Brands and Yum China to begin on the NYSE on October 17, 2016, under the symbol “YUM WI” for Yum! Brands and “YUMC WI” for Yum China.
About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has more than 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.
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