Will Yum! Brands Deliver Tasty Results?

yum-brands-logoYum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) is heading into its fourth-quarter earnings report on February 5 with mixed sentiment. The company’s stock chart is still haunted by tremendous cliff at the end of November, when it provided full-year 2012 guidance of of $3.24 per share, or 13 percent growth, which was below analyst expectations at the time.

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Shares plummeted 10 percent as a result, and haven’t yet fully recovered. The stock is still off over 12 percent since then, and has trended lower and lower. Analysts downwardly revised their estimates and are now looking for fourth-quarter earnings of $0.82 per share, 9.3 percent year over year growth, on flat revenue of $4.12 billion.

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012*
Revenue ($) in millions 4,111 2,743 3,168 3,569 4,120
Diluted EPS ($) 0.75 0.96 0.69 1.00 0.82

*Consensus estimate.

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