Yum China Reports First Quarter Results
04/29/2024 at 4:30 PM EDT

System Sales Up 6%, Diluted EPS Up 4%, or 10% Excluding F/X
Operating Profit Reaches $374 million with Core Operating Profit1 Growing to $396 million
Total Stores Have Surpassed Milestone of 15,000 with Record First Quarter Openings of 378 Net New Stores 
Record Quarterly Cash Return to Shareholders of $745 million

SHANGHAI, April 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "Yum China") (NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

 First Quarter Highlights

  • Total system sales grew 6% year over year ("YoY") excluding foreign currency translation ("F/X"), primarily attributable to 8% net new unit contribution.2
  • Total store count reached 15,022 as of March 31, 2024, including 10,603 KFC stores and 3,425 Pizza Hut stores. The Company opened 378 net new stores in the quarter, a record for the first quarter.
  • Total revenues increased 1% YoY to $2.96 billion. Excluding F/X, total revenues would have been $154 million higher, or 7% increase YoY.
  • Same-store sales reached 97% of the prior year's level, against strong performance in the same period last year.
  • Operating profit was $374 million. Excluding F/X, operating profit would have been $22 million higher. Core operating profit grew 1% YoY to $396 million.
  • Operating profit as a percentage of total revenues ("OP Margin") was 12.6%. Savings in G&A partially offset the lower Restaurant margin, which was 17.6% in the quarter.
  • Diluted EPS increased 4% YoY to $0.71, up 10% YoY excluding F/X.
  • Delivery sales grew 12% YoY and contributed approximately 38% of KFC and Pizza Hut's Company sales. Digital sales3 reached $2.5 billion, with digital ordering accounted for approximately 89% of total Company sales.
  • Total membership of KFC and Pizza Hut reached 485 million. Member sales accounted for approximately 65% of KFC and Pizza Hut's system sales in aggregate.
  • Yum China returned approximately $745 million to shareholders in the first quarter through share repurchases and cash dividends, the highest quarterly return in the Company's history.

CEO Comments 

Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China, commented, "We achieved solid sales growth in the first quarter with total revenues hitting an all-time high. Our core operating profit grew modestly from last year's high base and EPS was up double digits excluding foreign currency. Meanwhile, we are marching forward with our expansion initiatives in a disciplined manner, bringing our total store count to a milestone of 15,000 stores. Besides investing in our organic growth, we boosted capital returns to shareholders to a new record level. Remaining agile, we are continuously learning and innovating to embrace new consumer trends in changing market conditions. Our amazing high-ticket products, such as our KFC beef burger and whole chicken, grew by double digits in the quarter. Our six-year old iconic Crazy Thursday campaign and limited-time-offer of all-you-can-eat at Pizza Hut continue to excite customers and drive incremental traffic. By optimizing delivery strategies, KFC expanded its market share on the aggregator platforms and drove double-digit growth in delivery sales. At the same time, our relentless pursuit of greater operational efficiency from store to supply chain further fortifies our resilience. This has empowered us to pass on savings to our customers and other stakeholders." 

Wat continued, "Operating under a near-term challenging environment, we will remain laser-focused on understanding and capturing the evolving needs of consumers to continually connect with them. Looking toward the future, we are absolutely confident in seizing China's vast opportunities. We are expanding addressable market through a multifaceted approach with flexible store formats, strategic franchising and a range of exciting products across price points. With these actions underway, we believe we are well-poised to sustain strong growth and create long-term value for our shareholders."

1Core operating profit is defined as Operating profit adjusted for Special Items, further excluding Items Affecting Comparability and the impact of F/X. The Company uses Core operating profit for the purposes of evaluating the performance of its core operations. Please refer to "Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Measures" included in the accompanying tables of this release for further details.

2 Net new unit contribution refers to sales contribution from net new stores.

3 Digital sales refer to sales at Company-owned stores where orderings were placed digitally.

 

Key Financial Results

   
 

First Quarter

 
         

% Change

 
 

2024

 

2023

 

Reported

 

Ex F/X

 

System Sales Growth (4) (%)

6

 

17

 

NM

 

NM

 

Same-Store Sales Growth (4) (%)

(3)

 

8

 

NM

 

NM

 

Operating Profit ($mn)

374

 

416

 

(10)

 

(5)

 

Adjusted Operating Profit (5) ($mn)

374

 

419

 

(11)

 

(6)

 

Core Operating Profit (5) (6) ($mn)

396

 

392

 

NM

 

+1

 

OP Margin (%)

12.6

 

14.3

 

(1.7)

 

(1.7)

 

Core OP Margin (5) (7) (%)

12.7

 

13.5

 

NM

 

(0.8)

 

Net Income ($mn)

287

 

289

 

(1)

 

+5

 

Adjusted Net Income (5) ($mn)

287

 

292

 

(2)

 

+4

 

Diluted Earnings Per Common Share ($)

0.71

 

0.68

 

+4

 

+10

 

 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Common Share (5) ($)

0.71

 

0.69

 

+3

 

+9

 
                 

4 System sales and same-store sales percentages exclude the impact of F/X. Effective January 1, 2018, temporary store closures
are normalized in the same-store sales calculation by excluding the period during which stores are temporarily closed.

5 See "Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Results to non-GAAP Measures" included in the accompanying tables
of this release for further details.

6 Current period amounts are derived by translating results at average exchange rates of the prior year period.

7 Core OP margin refers to core operating profit as a percentage of total revenues excluding F/X.

Note:  All comparisons are versus the same period a year ago. 

Percentages may not recompute due to rounding. 

NM refers to not meaningful.

 

KFC

             
               
 

First Quarter

         

%/ppts Change

 

2024

 

2023

 

Reported

 

Ex F/X

Restaurants

10,603

 

9,239

 

+15

 

NM

System Sales Growth (%)

7

 

17

 

NM

 

NM

Same-Store Sales Growth (%)

(2)

 

8

 

NM

 

NM

Total Revenues ($mn)

2,230

 

2,198

 

+1

 

+7

Operating Profit ($mn)

372

 

420

 

(11)

 

(7)

Core Operating Profit ($mn)

392

 

396

 

NM

 

(1)

Restaurant Margin (%)

19.3

 

22.2

 

(2.9)

 

(2.9)

 

  • System sales for KFC grew 7% YoY for the quarter, primarily driven by net new unit contribution of 8%.
  • KFC opened 307 net new stores during the quarter, more than double the net new stores opened in the prior year period. This includes 58 net new stores opened by franchisees.
  • Operating profit was $372 million and Core operating profit was $392 million for the quarter.
  • Restaurant margin was 19.3% for the quarter. Excluding Items Affecting Comparability at the restaurant level, restaurant margin decreased 190 basis points versus strong comparison a year ago, primarily due to increased value-for-money offerings to drive traffic and wage inflation, partially offset by favorable commodity prices.
  • Delivery sales grew 14% and contributed approximately 39% of KFC's Company sales for the quarter. Off-premise dining accounted for approximately 68% of KFC's Company sales.

 

Pizza Hut

             
               
 

First Quarter

         

%/ppts Change

 

2024

 

2023

 

Reported

 

Ex F/X

Restaurants

3,425

 

2,983

 

+15

 

NM

System Sales Growth (%)

4

 

17

 

NM

 

NM

Same-Store Sales Growth (%)

(5)

 

7

 

NM

 

NM

Total Revenues ($mn)

595

 

597

 

-

 

+5

Operating Profit ($mn)

47

 

55

 

(15)

 

(10)

Core Operating Profit ($mn)

50

 

52

 

NM

 

(4)

Restaurant Margin (%)

12.5

 

14.2

 

(1.7)

 

(1.7)

 

  • System sales for Pizza Hut grew 4% YoY for the quarter, primarily driven by net new unit contribution of 8%.
  • Pizza Hut opened 113 net new stores during the quarter, a 40% increase from the 80 net new stores opened in the first quarter of the prior year.
  • Operating profit was $47 million and Core operating profit was $50 million for the quarter. 
  • Restaurant margin for the quarter was 12.5%. Excluding Items Affecting Comparability at the restaurant level, restaurant margin decreased 100 basis points versus strong comparison a year ago, primarily due to increased value-for-money offerings to drive traffic and wage inflation, partially offset by operational efficiency improvement and savings in advertising expenses.
  • Delivery sales grew 5% and contributed approximately 37% of Pizza Hut's Company sales for the quarter. Off-premise dining accounted for approximately 47% of Pizza Hut's Company sales.

Accelerated Shareholder Returns

  • Yum China stepped up share repurchases in the quarter totaling 16.6 million shares of common stock for approximately $681 million. As of March 31, 2024, approximately $853 million remained available for future share repurchases under the current authorization program.
  • Yum China's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.16 per share on Yum China's common stock, payable on June 18, 2024 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 28, 2024.

Outlook

The Company's targets for 2024 fiscal year remain unchanged from the prior period's disclosures.

  • Open approximately 1,500 to 1,700 net new stores.
  • Make capital expenditures in the range of approximately $700 million to $850 million.
  • Return a Company record-setting $1.5 billion to shareholders through quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.

Note on Non-GAAP Measures

Reported GAAP results include items that are excluded from non-GAAP measures. See "Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Measures" and "Segment Results" within this release for non-GAAP reconciliation details. 

Conference Call

Yum China's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, April 29, 2024 (8:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, April 30, 2024).

A live webcast of the call may be accessed https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/29a7ndj.

To join by phone, please register in advance of the conference through the link provided below. Upon registering, you will be provided with participant dial-in numbers, a passcode and a unique access PIN.

Pre-registration link:           https://s1.c-conf.com/diamondpass/10037794-hf876t.html

A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call ends until Tuesday, May 7, 2024 and may be accessed by phone using the following numbers:

U.S.:

1 855 883 1031

Mainland China:

400 1209 216

Hong Kong:

800 930 639

U.K.:

0800 031 4295

   

Replay PIN:

10037794

Additionally, this earnings release, the accompanying slides, as well as the live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at Yum China's Investor Relations website at http://ir.yumchina.com

For important news and information regarding Yum China, including our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, visit Yum China's Investor Relations website at http://ir.yumchina.com. Yum China uses this website as a primary channel for disclosing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including under "2024 Outlook." We intend all forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and by the use of forward-looking words such as "expect," "expectation," "believe," "anticipate," "may," "could," "intend," "belief," "plan," "estimate," "target," "predict," "project," "likely," "will," "continue," "should," "forecast," "outlook," "commit" or similar terminology. These statements are based on current estimates and assumptions made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate and reasonable under the circumstances, but there can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future strategies, growth, business plans, investments, store openings, capital expenditures, dividend and share repurchase plans, CAGR for system sales, operating profit and EPS, earnings, performance and returns of Yum China, anticipated effects of population and macroeconomic trends, pace of recovery of Yum China's business, the anticipated effects of our innovation, digital and delivery capabilities and investments on growth and beliefs regarding the long-term drivers of Yum China's business. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and could cause our actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by those statements. We cannot assure you that any of our expectations, estimates or assumptions will be achieved. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are only made as of the date of this press release, and we disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law. Numerous factors could cause our actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: whether we are able to achieve development goals at the times and in the amounts currently anticipated, if at all, the success of our marketing campaigns and product innovation, our ability to maintain food safety and quality control systems, changes in public health conditions, our ability to control costs and expenses, including tax costs, as well as changes in political, economic and regulatory conditions in China, and those set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q). In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently believe to be immaterial could affect the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. You should consult our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the information set forth under the caption "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q) for additional detail about factors that could affect our financial and other results.

About Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Yum China is the largest restaurant company in China with a mission to make every life taste beautiful. The Company has over 400,000 employees and operates over 15,000 restaurants under six brands across more than 2,000 cities in China. KFC and Pizza Hut are the leading brands in the quick-service and casual dining restaurant spaces in China, respectively. In addition, Yum China has also partnered with Lavazza to develop the Lavazza coffee concept in China. Little Sheep and Huang Ji Huang specialize in Chinese cuisine. Taco Bell offers innovative Mexican-inspired food. Yum China has a world-class, digitalized supply chain which includes an extensive network of logistics centers nationwide and an in-house supply chain management system. Its strong digital capabilities and loyalty program enable the Company to reach customers faster and serve them better. Yum China is a Fortune 500 company with the vision to be the world's most innovative pioneer in the restaurant industry. For more information, please visit http://ir.yumchina.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:

   

Tel: +86 21 2407 7556

IR@YumChina.com   

 

     

Media Contact:

   

Tel: +86 21 2407 7875

Media@YumChina.com 

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(in US$ million, except per share data)

(unaudited)

                 
   

Quarter Ended

 

% Change

 
   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

 

B/(W)

 

Revenues

               

Company sales

 

$      2,794

 

$      2,772

 

1

   

Franchise fees and income

 

25

 

25

 

2

   

Revenues from transactions with franchisees

 

107

 

93

 

15

   

Other revenues

 

32

 

27

 

18

   

Total revenues

 

2,958

 

2,917

 

1

   

Costs and Expenses, Net

               

Company restaurants

               

Food and paper

 

896

 

835

 

(7)

   

Payroll and employee benefits

 

708

 

683

 

(4)

   

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

697

 

691

 

(1)

   

Company restaurant expenses

 

2,301

 

2,209

 

(4)

   

General and administrative expenses

 

140

 

163

 

14

   

Franchise expenses

 

10

 

10

 

   

Expenses for transactions with franchisees

 

104

 

91

 

(14)

   

Other operating costs and expenses

 

29

 

24

 

(21)

   

Closures and impairment expenses, net

 

1

 

3

 

42

   

Other (income) expenses, net

 

(1)

 

1

 

 NM 

   

Total costs and expenses, net

 

2,584

 

2,501

 

(3)

   

Operating Profit

 

374

 

416

 

(10)

   

Interest income, net

 

38

 

38

 

(1)

   

Investment gain (loss)

 

8

 

(17)

 

 NM 

   

Income Before Income Taxes and
  Equity in Net Earnings (Losses) from Equity Method Investments

 

420

 

437

 

(4)

   

Income tax provision

 

(113)

 

(125)

 

10

   

Equity in net earnings (losses) from equity method investments

 

 

1

 

60

   

Net income – including noncontrolling interests

 

307

 

313

 

(2)

   

Net income – noncontrolling interests

 

20

 

24

 

17

   

Net Income – Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

$         287

 

$         289

 

(1)

   

Effective tax rate

 

26.9 %

 

28.5 %

 

1.6

 ppts. 

 
                 

Basic Earnings Per Common Share

 

$        0.72

 

$        0.69

       

Weighted-average shares outstanding
    (in millions)

 

401

 

418

       
                 

Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

 

$        0.71

 

$        0.68

       

Weighted-average shares outstanding
    (in millions)

 

403

 

423

       
                 

Company sales

 

100.0 %

 

100.0 %

       

Food and paper

 

32.1

 

30.1

 

(2.0)

 ppts. 

 

Payroll and employee benefits

 

25.4

 

24.6

 

(0.8)

 ppts. 

 

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

24.9

 

25.0

 

0.1

 ppts. 

 

Restaurant margin

 

17.6 %

 

20.3 %

 

(2.7)

 ppts. 

 
                 
                 

Percentages may not recompute due to rounding. NM refers to not meaningful.

 

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

KFC Operating Results

(in US$ million)

(unaudited)

                 
   

Quarter Ended

 

% Change

 
   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

 

B/(W)

 

Revenues

               

Company sales

 

$      2,193

 

$      2,166

 

1

   

Franchise fees and income

 

18

 

17

 

6

   

Revenues from transactions with franchisees

 

14

 

10

 

30

   

Other revenues

 

5

 

5

 

(8)

   

Total revenues

 

2,230

 

2,198

 

1

   

Costs and Expenses, Net

               

Company restaurants

               

Food and paper

 

694

 

646

 

(8)

   

Payroll and employee benefits

 

542

 

512

 

(6)

   

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

535

 

527

 

(2)

   

Company restaurant expenses

 

1,771

 

1,685

 

(5)

   

General and administrative expenses

 

61

 

68

 

11

   

Franchise expenses

 

9

 

9

 

(2)

   

Expenses for transactions with franchisees

 

12

 

9

 

(26)

   

Other operating costs and expenses

 

4

 

4

 

7

   

Closures and impairment expenses, net

 

1

 

1

 

17

   

Other expenses, net

 

 

2

 

94

   

Total costs and expenses, net

 

1,858

 

1,778

 

(5)

   

Operating Profit

 

$         372

 

$         420

 

(11)

   

Company sales

 

100.0 %

 

100.0 %

       

Food and paper

 

31.7

 

29.8

 

(1.9)

ppts.

 

Payroll and employee benefits

 

24.7

 

23.6

 

(1.1)

ppts.

 

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

24.3

 

24.4

 

0.1

ppts.

 

Restaurant margin

 

19.3 %

 

22.2 %

 

(2.9)

ppts.

 
                 
                 

Percentages may not recompute due to rounding. 

 

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Pizza Hut Operating Results

(in US$ million)

(unaudited)

                 
   

Quarter Ended

 

% Change

 
   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

 

B/(W)

 

Revenues

               

Company sales

 

$         587

 

$         591

 

(1)

   

Franchise fees and income

 

2

 

2

 

(1)

   

Revenues from transactions with franchisees

 

1

 

1

 

(7)

   

Other revenues

 

5

 

3

 

82

   

Total revenues

 

595

 

597

 

   

Costs and Expenses, Net

               

Company restaurants

               

Food and paper

 

198

 

184

 

(7)

   

Payroll and employee benefits

 

162

 

167

 

3

   

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

154

 

156

 

1

   

Company restaurant expenses

 

514

 

507

 

(1)

   

General and administrative expenses

 

27

 

29

 

7

   

Franchise expenses

 

1

 

1

 

2

   

Expenses for transactions with franchisees

 

1

 

1

 

10

   

Other operating costs and expenses

 

5

 

3

 

(103)

   

Closures and impairment expenses, net

 

 

1

 

39

   

Total costs and expenses, net

 

548

 

542

 

(1)

   

Operating Profit

 

$           47

 

$           55

 

(15)

   

Company sales

 

100.0 %

 

100.0 %

       

Food and paper

 

33.7

 

31.2

 

(2.5)

ppts.

 

Payroll and employee benefits

 

27.6

 

28.2

 

0.6

ppts.

 

Occupancy and other operating expenses

 

26.2

 

26.4

 

0.2

ppts.

 

Restaurant margin

 

12.5 %

 

14.2 %

 

(1.7)

ppts.

 
                 
                 

Percentages may not recompute due to rounding. 

 

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in US$ million)

         
   

3/31/2024

 

12/31/2023

   

(Unaudited)

   

ASSETS

       

Current Assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$           883

 

$         1,128

Short-term investments

 

1,512

 

1,472

Accounts receivable, net

 

74

 

68

Inventories, net

 

345

 

424

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

341

 

339

Total Current Assets

 

3,155

 

3,431

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

2,292

 

2,310

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

2,167

 

2,217

Goodwill

 

1,900

 

1,932

Intangible assets, net

 

147

 

150

Long-term bank deposits and notes

 

907

 

1,265

Equity investments

 

335

 

332

Deferred income tax assets

 

129

 

129

Other assets

 

263

 

265

Total Assets

 

11,295

 

12,031

         

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY

       

Current Liabilities

       

Accounts payable and other current liabilities

 

1,936

 

2,164

Short-term borrowings

 

165

 

168

Income taxes payable

 

162

 

90

Total Current Liabilities

 

2,263

 

2,422

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

1,847

 

1,899

Non-current finance lease liabilities

 

44

 

44

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

387

 

390

Other liabilities

 

166

 

157

Total Liabilities

 

4,707

 

4,912

         

Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest

 

13

 

13

         

Equity

       

Common stock,  $0.01 par value; 1,000 million shares authorized; 394 million shares
    and 407 million shares issued at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively;
    392 million shares and 407 million shares outstanding at March 31, 2024 and
    December 31, 2023, respectively.

 

4

 

4

Treasury stock

 

(76)

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

4,159

 

4,320

Retained earnings

 

2,078

 

2,310

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(300)

 

(229)

Total Yum China Holdings, Inc. Stockholders' Equity

 

5,865

 

6,405

Noncontrolling interests

 

710

 

701

Total Equity

 

6,575

 

7,106

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest and Equity

 

$      11,295

 

$       12,031

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in US$ million)

(unaudited)

             
     

Quarter Ended

     

3/31/2024

   

3/31/2023

Cash Flows – Operating Activities

           

Net income – including noncontrolling interests

   

$                   307

   

$                   313

Depreciation and amortization

   

117

   

116

Non-cash operating lease cost

   

101

   

102

Closures and impairment expenses

   

1

   

3

Investment (gain) loss

   

(8)

   

17

Equity in net (earnings) losses from equity method investments

   

   

(1)

Distributions of income received from equity method investments

   

2

   

4

Deferred income taxes

   

   

7

Share-based compensation expense

   

10

   

13

Changes in accounts receivable

   

(3)

   

5

Changes in inventories

   

74

   

40

Changes in prepaid expenses, other current assets and value-added tax assets

   

(8)

   

12

Changes in accounts payable and other current liabilities

   

(136)

   

(93)

Changes in income taxes payable

   

73

   

75

Changes in non-current operating lease liabilities

   

(100)

   

(94)

Other, net

   

12

   

(12)

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

   

442

   

507

Cash Flows – Investing Activities

           

Capital spending

   

(189)

   

(179)

Purchases of short-term investments, long-term bank deposits and notes

   

(268)

   

(1,378)

Maturities of short-term investments, long-term bank deposits and notes

   

555

   

1,126

Other, net

   

1

   

2

Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities

   

99

   

(429)

Cash Flows – Financing Activities

           

Repurchase of shares of common stock

   

(679)

   

(60)

Cash dividends paid on common stock

   

(64)

   

(54)

Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests

   

(16)

   

(15)

Contributions from noncontrolling interests

   

   

35

Other, net

   

(17)

   

(5)

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

   

(776)

   

(99)

Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

   

(10)

   

2

Net Decrease in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

   

(245)

   

(19)

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash - Beginning of Period

   

1,128

   

1,130

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash - End of Period

   

$                   883

   

$                1,111

 

In this press release:

  • Certain performance metrics and non-GAAP measures are presented excluding the impact of foreign currency translation ("F/X"). These amounts are derived by translating current year results at prior year average exchange rates. We believe the elimination of the F/X impact provides better year-to-year comparability without the distortion of foreign currency fluctuations.
  • System sales growth reflects the results of all restaurants regardless of ownership, including Company-owned and franchise restaurants that operate our restaurant concepts, except for non-Company-owned restaurants for which we do not receive a sales-based royalty. Sales of franchise restaurants typically generate ongoing franchise fees for the Company at an average rate of approximately 6% of system sales. Franchise restaurant sales are not included in Company sales in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income; however, the franchise fees are included in the Company's revenues. We believe system sales growth is useful to investors as a significant indicator of the overall strength of our business as it incorporates all of our revenue drivers, Company and franchise same-store sales as well as net unit growth.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, the Company revised its definition of same-store sales growth to represent the estimated percentage change in sales of food of all restaurants in the Company system that have been open prior to the first day of our prior fiscal year, excluding the period during which stores are temporarily closed. We refer to these as our "base" stores. Previously, same-store sales growth represented the estimated percentage change in sales of all restaurants in the Company system that have been open for one year or more, including stores temporarily closed, and the base stores changed on a rolling basis from month to month. This revision was made to align with how management measures performance internally and focuses on trends of a more stable base of stores.

 

 

Unit Count by Brand

   
                           

KFC

   

12/31/2023

 

New Builds

 

Closures

 

Acquired

 

3/31/2024

     

Company-owned

 

9,237

 

303

 

(55)

 

1

 

9,486

     

Franchisees

 

1,059

 

63

 

(4)

 

(1)

 

1,117

     

Total

 

10,296

 

366

 

(59)

 

 

10,603

     
                           
                           

Pizza Hut

   

12/31/2023

 

New Builds

 

Closures

 

3/31/2024

     

Company-owned

 

3,155

 

138

 

(25)

 

3,268

     

Franchisees

 

157

 

2

 

(2)

 

157

     

Total

 

3,312

 

140

 

(27)

 

3,425

     
                           

Others

   

12/31/2023

 

New Builds

 

Closures

 

3/31/2024

     

Company-owned

 

256

 

5

 

(39)

 

222

     

Franchisees

 

780

 

10

 

(18)

 

772

     

Total

 

1,036

 

15

 

(57)

 

994

     
                           

 

Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Measures
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") in this press release, the Company provides the following non-GAAP measures:

  • Measures adjusted for Special Items, which include Adjusted Operating Profit, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Common Share ("EPS"), Adjusted Effective Tax Rate and Adjusted EBITDA;
  • Company Restaurant Profit ("Restaurant profit") and Restaurant margin;
  • Core Operating Profit and Core OP margin, which exclude Special Items, and further adjusted for Items Affecting Comparability and the impact of F/X;

These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP.  Rather, the Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of past and present results, excluding those items that the Company does not believe are indicative of our core operations.

With respect to non-GAAP measures adjusted for Special Items, the Company excludes impact from Special Items for the purpose of evaluating performance internally and uses them as factors in determining compensation for certain employees. Special Items are not included in any of our segment results.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income including noncontrolling interests adjusted for equity in net earnings (losses) from equity method investments, income tax, interest income, net, investment gain or loss, depreciation and amortization, store impairment charges, and Special Items. Store impairment charges included as an adjustment item in Adjusted EBITDA primarily resulted from our semi-annual impairment evaluation of long-lived assets of individual restaurants, and additional impairment evaluation whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the assets may not be recoverable. If these restaurant-level assets were not impaired, depreciation of the assets would have been recorded and included in EBITDA. Therefore, store impairment charges were a non-cash item similar to depreciation and amortization of our long-lived assets of restaurants. The Company believes that investors and analysts may find it useful in measuring operating performance without regard to such non-cash items.

Restaurant Profit is defined as Company sales less expenses incurred directly by our Company-owned restaurants in generating Company sales, including cost of food and paper, restaurant-level payroll and employee benefits, rent, depreciation and amortization of restaurant-level assets, advertising expenses, and other operating expenses. Company restaurant margin percentage is defined as Restaurant profit divided by Company sales. We also use Restaurant profit and Restaurant margin for the purposes of internally evaluating the performance of our Company-owned restaurants and we believe they provide useful information to investors as to the profitability of our Company-owned restaurants.

Core Operating Profit is defined as Operating Profit adjusted for Special Items, and further excluding Items Affecting Comparability and the impact of F/X. We consider quantitative and qualitative factors in assessing whether to adjust for the impact of items that may be significant or that could affect an understanding of our ongoing financial and business performance or trends. Items such as charges, gains and accounting changes which are viewed by management as significantly impacting the current period or the comparable period, due to changes in policy or other external factors, or non-cash items pertaining to underlying activities that are different from or unrelated to our core operations, are generally considered "Items Affecting Comparability." Examples of Items Affecting Comparability include, but are not limited to: temporary relief from landlords and government agencies; VAT deductions due to tax policy changes; and amortization of reacquired franchise rights recognized upon acquisitions. We believe presenting Core Operating Profit provides additional information to further enhance comparability of our operating results and we use this measure for purposes of evaluating the performance of our core operations. Core OP margin is defined as Core Operating Profit divided by Total revenues, excluding the impact of F/X.

The following tables set forth the reconciliation of the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures. The reconciliation of GAAP Operating Profit to Restaurant Profit and Core Operating Profit by segment is presented in Segment Results within this release.

 

         
         
         
         
   

Quarter Ended

   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

       
         

Reconciliation of Operating Profit to Adjusted Operating Profit

       

Operating Profit

 

$              374

 

$            416

Special Items, Operating Profit 

 

 

(3)

Adjusted Operating Profit

 

$              374

 

$            419

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income

       

Net Income – Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

$              287

 

$            289

Special Items, Net Income –Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

 

(3)

Adjusted Net Income – Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

$              287

 

$            292

Reconciliation of EPS to Adjusted EPS

       

Basic Earnings Per Common Share

 

$             0.72

 

$           0.69

Special Items, Basic Earnings Per Common Share

 

 

(0.01)

Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Common Share

 

$             0.72

 

$           0.70

Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

 

$             0.71

 

$           0.68

Special Items, Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

 

 

(0.01)

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

 

$             0.71

 

$           0.69

Reconciliation of Effective Tax Rate to Adjusted Effective Tax Rate

       

Effective tax rate

 

26.9 %

 

28.5 %

Impact on effective tax rate as a result of Special Items

 

— %

 

0.1 %

Adjusted effective tax rate

 

26.9 %

 

28.4 %

 

 

Net income, along with the reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA, is presented below.

   
         
         
         
   

Quarter Ended

   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

         

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

       

Net Income – Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

$         287

 

$         289

Net income – noncontrolling interests

 

20

 

24

Equity in net (earnings) losses from equity method investments

 

 

(1)

Income tax provision

 

113

 

125

Interest income, net

 

(38)

 

(38)

Investment (gain) loss

 

(8)

 

17

Operating Profit

 

374

 

416

Special Items, Operating Profit

 

 

3

Adjusted Operating Profit

 

374

 

419

Depreciation and amortization

 

117

 

116

Store impairment charges

 

4

 

4

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$         495

 

$         539

 

 

Details of Special Items are presented below:

       
         
   

Quarter Ended

   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

         

Share-based compensation expense for Partner PSU Awards(1)

 

$           —

 

$           (3)

Special Items, Operating Profit

 

 

(3)

Tax effect on Special Items(2)

 

 

Special Items, net income – including noncontrolling interests

 

 

(3)

Special Items, net income – noncontrolling interests

 

 

Special Items, Net Income –Yum China Holdings, Inc.

 

$           —

 

$           (3)

Weighted-average Diluted Shares Outstanding (in millions)

 

403

 

423

Special Items, Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

 

$           —

 

$      (0.01)

         

(1) In February 2020, the Company granted Partner PSU Awards to select employees who were deemed critical to the Company's
execution of its strategic operating plan. These PSU awards will only vest if threshold performance goals are achieved over a four-
year performance period, with the payout ranging from 0% to 200% of the target number of shares subject to the PSU awards. These
awards vested as of December 31, 2023 with a payout in the first quarter of 2024. Partner PSU Awards were granted to address
increased competition for executive talent, motivate transformational performance and encourage management retention. Given the
unique nature of these grants, the Compensation Committee does not intend to grant similar, special grants to the same employees
during the performance period. The impact from these special awards is excluded from metrics that management uses to assess the
Company's performance.

 

(2) The tax expense was determined based upon the nature, as well as the jurisdiction, of each Special Item at the applicable tax rate.

 

 

 

Operating Profit, along with the reconciliation to Core Operating Profit, is presented below:

     
               
   

Quarter ended

 

% Change

 
   

3/31/2024

 

3/31/2023

 

B/(W)

 

Reconciliation of Operating Profit to Core Operating Profit

             

Operating profit

 

$         374

 

$         416

 

(10)

 

Special Items, Operating Profit 

 

 

3

     

Adjusted Operating Profit

 

$         374

 

$         419

 

(11)

 

Items Affecting Comparability

             

Temporary relief from landlords(1)

 

 

(8)

     

Temporary relief from government agencies(2)

 

 

(2)

     

VAT deductions(3)

 

 

(19)

     

Amortization of reacquired franchise rights(4)

 

 

2

     

F/X impact

 

22

 

     

Core Operating Profit

 

$         396

 

$         392

 

1

 

Total revenues

 

2,958

 

2,917

 

1

 

F/X impact

 

154

 

     

Total revenues, excluding the impact of F/X

 

$      3,112

 

$      2,917

 

7

 

Core OP margin

 

12.7 %

 

13.5 %

 

(0.8)

ppts

               

(1) In relation to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company was granted lease concessions from landlords. The lease
concessions were primarily in the form of rent reduction over the period of time when the Company's restaurant business was
adversely impacted. Such concessions were primarily recognized as a reduction of Occupancy and other operating expenses within
Company restaurant expenses included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income in the period the concession was
granted. 

 

(2) In relation to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company received government subsidies for employee benefits and
providing training to employees. The temporary relief was primarily recognized as a reduction to Payroll and employee benefits
within Company restaurant expenses included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income.

 

(3) Pursuant to policy issued by relevant government authorities, general VAT taxpayers in certain industries that meet certain
criteria are allowed to claim an additional 10% or 15% input VAT, which will be used to offset their VAT payables. This VAT policy
was further extended to December 31, 2023 but the additional deduction was reduced to 5% or 10% respectively. VAT deductions
were primarily recorded as a reduction to Food and paper and Occupancy and other operating expenses within Company restaurant
expenses included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. Based on the information currently available to the
Company, such preferential policy is not expected to be extended.

 

(4) As a result of the acquisition of our previously unconsolidated joint ventures of Hangzhou KFC, Suzhou KFC and Wuxi KFC, $66
million, $61 million and $61 million of the purchase price were allocated to intangible assets related to reacquired franchise rights,
respectively, which were amortized over the remaining franchise contract period of 1 year, 2.4 years and 5 years, respectively. The
reacquired franchise rights were fully amortized as of the first quarter of 2023. The amortization was recorded in Other (Income) Expenses,
net included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

 

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Segment Results

(in US$ million)

(unaudited)

                         
   

Quarter Ended 3/31/2024

   

KFC

 

Pizza Hut

 

All Other Segments

 

Corporate
and
Unallocated(1)

 

Elimination

 

Total

Company sales

 

$      2,193

 

$         587

 

$                 14

 

$                 —

 

$              —

 

$      2,794

Franchise fees and income

 

18

 

2

 

5

 

 

 

25

Revenues from transactions with franchisees(2)

 

14

 

1

 

20

 

72

 

 

107

Other revenues

 

5

 

5

 

164

 

15

 

(157)

 

32

Total revenues

 

$      2,230

 

$         595

 

$               203

 

$                 87

 

$          (157)

 

$      2,958

Company restaurant expenses

 

1,771

 

514

 

17

 

 

(1)

 

2,301

General and administrative expenses

 

61

 

27

 

10

 

42

 

 

140

Franchise expenses

 

9

 

1

 

 

 

 

10

Expenses for transactions with franchisees(2)

 

12

 

1

 

19

 

72

 

 

104

Other operating costs and expenses

 

4

 

5

 

162

 

14

 

(156)

 

29

Closures and impairment expenses, net

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

Other expenses (income), net

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

Total costs and expenses, net

 

1,858

 

548

 

208

 

127

 

(157)

 

2,584

Operating Profit (Loss)

 

$         372

 

$           47

 

$                  (5)

 

$                (40)

 

$              —

 

$         374

                         

Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Profit to Restaurant Profit

                   
                         
   

Quarter Ended 3/31/2024

   

KFC

 

Pizza Hut

 

All Other Segments

 

Corporate
and
Unallocated(1)

 

Elimination

 

Total

GAAP Operating Profit (Loss)

 

$         372

 

$           47

 

$                  (5)

 

$                (40)

 

$              —

 

$         374

Less:

                       

Franchise fees and income

 

18

 

2

 

5

 

 

 

25

Revenues from transactions with franchisees(2)

 

14

 

1

 

20

 

72

 

 

107

Other revenues

 

5

 

5

 

164

 

15

 

(157)

 

32

Add:

                       

General and administrative expenses

 

61

 

27

 

10

 

42

 

 

140

Franchise expenses

 

9

 

1

 

 

 

 

10

Expenses for transactions with franchisees(2)

 

12

 

1

 

19

 

72

 

 

104

Other operating costs and expenses

 

4

 

5

 

162

 

14

 

(156)

 

29

Closures and impairment expenses, net

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

Other expenses (income), net

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

Restaurant profit (loss)

 

$         422

 

$           73

 

$                  (3)

 

$                 —

 

$                1

 

$         493

Company sales

 

2,193

 

587

 

14

 

 

 

2,794

Restaurant margin %

 

19.3 %

 

12.5 %

 

(31.4) %

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