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Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal

HONG KONG, January 6, 2012 - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM; “Yum!”) is delighted to announce that the proposal for the privatization of Little Sheep Group Ltd. (HKEx: 968; “Little Sheep”) by way of a scheme of arrangement (“Scheme”) has been approved by the independent shareholders of Little Sheep at the Court Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting today. Under the proposal, Yum!, through a wholly owned subsidiary, is offering Little Sheep scheme shareholders HK $6.50 cash per Scheme share and is offering holders of options to subscribe for shares in Little Sheep HK $4.39 per option to cancel such options. Little Sheep operates hot pot concept restaurants primarily in China and is headquartered in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. Its shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Yum! will proceed to the next step of the privatization and will seek the sanction of the Scheme by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands at the petition hearing on 20 January, 2012. Assuming the Scheme is approved by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, it is expected that the Scheme will become effective on 1 February, 2012, whereupon Little Sheep will be privatized and will become a subsidiary of Yum!.

Jing-Shyh Sam Su, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Restaurants China, Vice-Chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc. commented: “We are pleased to see that the Independent Little Sheep Shareholders value the offer provided by Yum!. We have a strong commitment to the China market and to the Little Sheep brand. We are confident we can further strengthen Little Sheep’s brand, business model and market position.”

Should the Scheme become effective, the two original Little Sheep founders, Mr. Zhang Gang and Mr. Chen Hongkai, will remain as minority shareholders. Mr. Zhang Gang will remain a director of Little Sheep with the title of “Founding Chairman”. Both Mr. Zhang and Mr. Chen will continue to provide strategic advice on the business and concept development of Little Sheep and work with Yum! to further build the Little Sheep brand.

About Yum! Brands and Yum! China
Yum! Brands is listed on the NYSE (YUM). It is the world’s largest restaurant company based on number of system units, with over 36,000 units in more than 110 countries and territories. Through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, Yum! develops, operates, franchises and licenses a worldwide system of restaurants which prepare, package and sell a menu of competitively priced food items.

Based in Shanghai, the China division of Yum! Brands, Inc. is recognized for its size, unique strength and importance. In 2010, the China division of Yum! Brands, Inc. opened more than 500 new restaurants in mainland China. KFC also continues to be the number one quick-service restaurant brand in mainland China today, with nearly 3,500 restaurants in more than 700 cities. Pizza Hut is also the number one casual dining brand in mainland China with over 560 Pizza Hut Casual Dining restaurants in over 130 cities.

About Little Sheep Group Ltd
Little Sheep is a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability, whose shares have been listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since June 12, 2008. The Little Sheep Group is principally engaged in the operation of a full-service restaurant chain, provision of catering services and sale of related food products.

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Tim Payne
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+852 3512 5033
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Tong Zhao
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+852 3512 5088
Mobile:
+852 9011 8258 /
+86 138 0133 4887
 
Karin Wong
Tel:
+852 3512 5077
Mobile:
+852 9755 6265
 

Yum! Brands, Inc.

U.S.:

For media inquiries:
Amy Sherwood
Tel:
+1 502/874-8200
For Investor Inquiries:
Tim Jerzyk
Tel:
+1 888/298-6986
 
Steve Schmitt
Tel:
+1 888/298-6986

China:

Bi-Ling Wang - VP, Public Affairs
and Government Relations
Tel:
+86 21 2407 7520
Lily Long - Director of
Public Affairs
Tel:
+86 21 2407 7512
Mobile:
+86 1380 160 4882
 

Little Sheep Group Limited

China:

Zhang Zhanhai - Chief
Operating Officer
Tel:
+86 10 6598 2699
Li Lichan - Vice President
Tel:
+86 472 5188 955
Ye Fei - Brand Director
Tel:
+86 472 5188 863
Mobile:
+86 1860 472 0243

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Yum! News 2012

November 29, 2012 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2013 Expectations; Reconfirms Full-Year 2012 EPS Growth Forecast of at least 13%; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Thursday, December 6, 2012

October 24, 2012 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens Top 100 Worldwide As Program Kicks-Off Third Year of Offering School Garden Grants That Help Teach Children Multicultural Respect, Hunger Relief and Nutrition; Yum! Brands Foundation Underwrites Peace Garden Initiative as Extension of World Hunger Relief Effort through Partnership with National Gardening Association

October 3, 2012 World Food Programme Ambassador Christina Aguilera and Yum! Brands Chairman David Novak Honored at State Department with George McGovern Leadership Award

October 2, 2012 Yum! Brands Launches Defining Global Volunteer Movement; Hunger to Hope Volunteer Challenge Encourages Local Community Service

September 27, 2012 Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Annual World Hunger Relief Effort with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Using Her Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement; Aguilera Urges People to Help the Nearly 1 Billion Hungry Worldwide; Visit FromHungertoHope.com

September 25, 2012 Yum! China Celebrates 25th Anniversary and 4,000th KFC Restaurant; Milestone Spotlights Company’s Growth and Leading Position in China

September 24, 2012 Yum! Brands Receives Gold Award for Excellence for “Taking People With You” Employee Leadership Training Program from Prestigious Learning and Development Organization Brandon Hall Group; Building People Capability Drives Culture and Business at World’s Largest Restaurant Company

August 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Receives “2012 CEO of the Year” Honor from Chief Executive Magazine

August 1, 2012 Christina Aguilera Uses Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort This Fall

June 27, 2012 Chief Executive Magazine Names Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO David Novak 2012 CEO of the Year

April 30, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Promotes Carucci President and Grismer Chief Financial Officer

April 13, 2012 Tomorrow’s Leaders Find Solutions to Fight World Hunger Today by Leveraging Principles in Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak’s Bestselling Book: TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

March 23, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.285 per Share Requires Acrobat Reader

January 6, 2012 Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal

January 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Shares Break-Through Leadership Strategies in New Book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

December 05, 2011 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2012 Expectations; Raises 2011 EPS Growth Forecast to at least 13%, Excluding Special Items; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Wednesday, December 7, 2011