Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC): Is It A Buying Opportunity Again?

After Hours

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Yum China Reports Fourth Quarter Results, Increases Dividend by 23% and Steps Up 2024 Share Repurchases to $1.25 billion.

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Stocks Info

YUMC belongs to the Consumer Cyclical sector of the NYSE while operating in the Restaurants industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $39.65 and fluctuated between $40.12 as its day high and $39.50 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Yum China Holdings Inc is $16.13B. A total of 3.63 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 3.38M shares.

Insider Activity

Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, YUMC has seen 1 BUY and 1 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 7,076 and the disposition of 3,288 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 37 BUYs and 38 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 610,496 shares during that period but sold 3,801,766.

In the most recent transaction, Zhang Leila sold 1,790 shares of YUMC for 45.02 per share on Nov 24. After the transaction, the Chief Technology Officer now owns 17,081 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 22, Wat Joey bought 14,000 shares at 46.26 per share. YUMC shares that Chief Executive Officer owns now total 269,144.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Wang Warton disposed of 3,975 shares on Nov 21 at a per-share price of $46.78. This resulted in the General Manager, KFC holding 5,108 shares of YUMC after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Wat Joey sold 95,171 shares at $61.94 per share on May 11. Company shares held by the Chief Executive Officer now total 317,926.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Yum China Holdings Inc pays an annual dividend of $0.61, resulting in a dividend yield of 1.54%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.22. YUMC’s most recent ex-dividend date was 3/4/2024 when it declared a $0.16 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 3/26/2024. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 12/19/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 11/27/2023. The YUMC stock dividend was $0.13 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for YUMC in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $55.74 with high estimates of $67.70 and low estimates of $33.80. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, YUMC has a high of $64.70 and a low of $33.55.

As of this writing, YUMC has an earnings estimate of $0.67 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 4 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.69 per share and a lower estimate of $0.65. The company reported an EPS of $0.59 in the last quarter, which was -11.90% lower than expectations of $0.67.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. YUMC’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $4.00B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $2.83B in debt and $2.38B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $15.74, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $7.92B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for YUMC is Buy with a score of 4.13.

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