Yum Brands Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Monday, February 4, 2013. Yum Brands develops, operates, franchises and licenses a system of restaurants.

Yum Brands Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 81 cents per share, a rise of 8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 85 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 83 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.25 per share, a rise of 12.8% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of 99 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 97 cents per share. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 3 cents.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 23% to $471 million ($1 a share) from $383 million (80 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 9% to $3.57 billion from $3.27 billion.

Here’s how Yum Brands traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: