YUM! BRANDS INC. DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND
Sep 10, 2008
LOUISVILLE, KY, September 10, 2008 – Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced that its Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.19 per share of common stock, which will be distributed November 7, 2008, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 17, 2008.
Yum! continues to provide substantial, shareholder cash payouts through its share repurchase program and its quarterly dividend and remains a leader among global consumer companies in this key measure. Yum! has nearly quadrupled its quarterly dividend since the initiation of dividends in May 2004. In 2007, Yum! returned almost $1.7 billion to shareholders, including over $1.4 billion in share repurchases and nearly $275 million in dividends. As of September 10, 2008, Yum! has already returned over $1.8 billion to shareholders this year through $1.5 billion of share repurchases and over $300 million in dividends, including this dividend declaration. Yum! is well on its way to returning at least $2.0 billion to shareholders in 2008.
Analysts are invited to contact:
Tim Jerzyk, Senior Vice President Investor Relations/Treasurer, at 888/298-6986
Bruce Bishop, Director Investor Relations, at 888/298-6986
Members of the media are invited to contact:
Amy Sherwood, Vice President Public Relations, at 502/874-8200
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include those identified by such words as may, will, expect, project, anticipate, believe, plan and other similar terminology. These “forward-looking” statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and operating and financial performance and are based on currently available data. However, actual results are subject to future events and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those projected in this announcement. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Factors that can cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in global and local business, economic and political conditions in the countries and territories where Yum! Brands operates, including the effects of war and terrorist activities; changes in currency exchange and interest rates; changes in commodity, labor and other operating costs; changes in competition in the food industry, consumer preferences or perceptions concerning the products of the company and/or our competitors, spending patterns and demographic trends; the impact that any widespread illness or general health concern may have on our business and the economy of the countries in which we operate; the effectiveness of our operating initiatives and marketing, advertising and promotional efforts; new-product and concept development by Yum! Brands and other food-industry competitors; the success of our strategies for refranchising and international development and operations; the ongoing business viability of our franchise and license operators; our ability to secure distribution to our restaurants at competitive rates and to ensure adequate supplies of restaurant products and equipment in our stores; unexpected disruptions in our supply chain; publicity that may impact our business and/or industry; severe weather conditions; effects and outcomes of pending or future legal claims involving the company; changes in effective tax rates; our actuarially determined casualty loss estimates; new legislation and governmental regulations or changes in legislation and regulations and the consequent impact on our business; and changes in accounting policies and practices. Further information about factors that could affect Yum! Brands’ financial and other results are included in the company’s Forms 10-Q and 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants, with more than 35,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and territories. The company is ranked #253 on the Fortune 500 List, with revenues in excess of $10 billion in 2007. 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. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened about four new restaurants each day of the year, making it the largest retail developer in the world. The company has consistently been recognized for its reward and recognition culture, diversity leadership, community giving, and consistent shareholder returns. Since its spin-off as a publicly-traded company in 1997, its stock has more than quadrupled. Last year, the company launched the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort, in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. This effort helped save over 1.6 million people from starvation in remote corners of the world, where hunger is most prevalent.