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Yum Brands Surges Amid Revenue Growth

Yum Brands (NYSE: YUM) reported an 8% rise in quarterly revenue Thursday, propelled by Taco Bell’s growing same-store sales. However the company continues to struggle with its Pizza Hut chains. According to the company, throughout the quarter, Pizza Hut has closed down 672 restaurants.

“We consented to up to 300 mutually selected closures of underperforming and primarily dine-in stores,” Chief Financial Officer Chris Turner told investors during Yum’s third-quarter conference call. “These closures are largely complete.”

Nevertheless, amid the closures, Pizza Hut managed to report a 6% increase in same-store sales, steered by off location sales. 

The company reported earning per share of USD1.01, compared to the anticipated USD0.80. Revenue amounted to USD1.45 Billion in comparison to analyst expectations of USD1.42 Billion. Yum documented a third-quarter net income of USD283 Million, or USD0.92 a share, higher than last years USD USD255 Million or USD.081 per share.

Taco Bell’s input and positive turnaround is important taking into consideration that the brand did not fare well at the start of the crisis. However, the fast-food chain restructured itself quickly to fit the needs of its customers amid the pandemic. Breakfast was returned to the menu at almost all locations and more value options were introduced. The chain’s drive-thru has reached 30 million cars during the time period. 

“Taco Bell also continued to focus on a faster and easier customer experience by expanding aggregator partners and digital reach while breaking records in drive-thru times,” CEO David Gibbs told investors.