In early June, Alasdair Murdoch, a long-time Pizza Hut veteran, was appointed as Managing Director of Pizza Hut, U.K. Murdoch most recently led the turnaround and growth of the Pizza Hut business in France. He previously served as Operations Director for Pizza Hut in the U.K., where he successfully introduced the Pizza Hut Home Delivery business and improved operations excellence. Once the acquisition is complete, Murdoch will report to Graham Allan, President of YRI. “Alasdair Murdoch is an impressive leader who knows how to get excellent sales and profit results, and I am confident he will take our Pizza Hut business in the U.K. to the next level,” said Graham Allan. “This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of driving profitable international growth, enabling us to build scale and produce excellent returns over the long-term,” Allan added. For the past five years, through 2005, Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut U.K. business has experienced compounded annual operating-profit growth in local currency of 14% and system-sales growth in local currency of 9%. In addition to the 541 Pizza Huts in the joint venture between YUM and Whitbread, there are 125 Pizza Hut restaurants in the United Kingdom, which are owned and operated by franchisees. Over the next several years, the company expects to substantially reduce its equity ownership of the 541 Pizza Hut restaurants from this deal through refranchising to new and existing franchisees. YRI’s franchise-dominant model will remain the target ownership structure.
Full-year 2006 guidance for Yum! Brands will be updated when the deal is complete. Note: The purchase price noted above in U.S. dollars is based on the current exchange rate from British pounds, and it does not include capitalized leases that are to be assumed by Yum! Brands.
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Yum! Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 34,000 restaurants, which includes over 2,000 licensed restaurants, in more than 100 countries and territories. Four of the company’s restaurant brands — KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s — are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza, Mexican-style food and quick-service seafood categories respectively. Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in multibranding, which offers consumers more choice and convenience at one restaurant location from a combination of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, A&W or Long John Silver’s brands. The company and its franchisees today operate over 3,400 multibrand restaurants. Outside the United States in 2005, the Yum! Brands’ system opened about three new restaurants each day of the year, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the world. For the past three years, the company has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Top 50 Employers for Minorities.” It also has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Employers for Women” by Fortune, one of the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” by Black Enterprise Magazine for the past two years, one of the “Corporate 100 Companies Providing Opportunities for Hispanics” by Hispanic Magazine, one of the “Top 50 Corporations for Supplier Diversity” by Hispanic Trends Magazine and by BusinessWeek as one of the “Top 15 Companies for In-Kind Corporate Philanthropy.”