Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) Stake Raised by Sepio Capital LLC

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Sepio Capital LLC increased its holdings in Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) by 3.7% in the 2nd quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 42,829 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,544 shares during the period. Sepio Capital LLC’s holdings in Yum China were worth $1,979,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Comerica Securities Inc. increased its position in Yum China by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Securities Inc. now owns 11,782 shares of the company’s stock worth $395,000 after buying an additional 444 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Yum China by 2.1% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,441,671 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,171,000 after purchasing an additional 30,160 shares during the period. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Yum China by 11.1% during the first quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 11,853 shares of the company’s stock valued at $532,000 after purchasing an additional 1,188 shares during the period. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI acquired a new position in shares of Yum China during the first quarter valued at $224,000. Finally, World Asset Management Inc increased its holdings in shares of Yum China by 35.3% during the first quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 8,608 shares of the company’s stock valued at $387,000 after purchasing an additional 2,248 shares during the period. 79.36% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In related news, Director Muktesh Pant sold 88,184 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.76, for a total transaction of $4,035,299.84. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 403,163 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $18,448,738.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 0.44% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Yum China from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Friday, July 5th. Bank of America raised Yum China from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.20 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, April 30th. Finally, UBS Group raised their price target on Yum China from $46.07 to $56.06 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $51.65.

Shares of YUMC traded up $0.78 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $43.11. 1,153,516 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,374,122. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.17, a P/E/G ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.31 and a quick ratio of 1.12. Yum China Holdings Inc has a twelve month low of $30.10 and a twelve month high of $48.27. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $44.17 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $43.23.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 30th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.09. Yum China had a return on equity of 21.03% and a net margin of 7.91%. The business had revenue of $2.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.16 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.36 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Yum China Holdings Inc will post 1.71 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 17th. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 26th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.11%. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio is currently 31.37%.

Yum China Company Profile

Yum China Holdings, Inc owns, operates, and franchises restaurants in China. The company operates in two segments, KFC and Pizza Hut. It operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, East Dawning, Little Sheep, and COFFii & JOY brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, hot pot cooking, Chinese food, Mexican-style food, and coffee categories.

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