August 3, 2017 / 11:15 AM / a year ago

Yum Brands comp sales miss as Pizza Hut continues to struggle

(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N), the owner of KFC and Taco Bell, reported a smaller-than-expected rise in quarterly sales at established restaurants worldwide as fewer diners ate at its Pizza Hut restaurants.

FILE PHOTO: A customer walks out of a KFC restaurant in Shanghai, China, October 9, 2015. REUTERS Aly Song/File Photo

The company, which spun off Yum China Holdings Inc (YUMC.N) late last year, said same-store sales rose 2 percent in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the 2.2 percent rise analysts polled by Consensus Metrix had expected.

The Pizza Hut division, which has been off-setting strong growth at KFC and Taco Bell, reported its fourth-straight quarterly same-restaurant sales decline, falling 1 percent in the reported quarter. It, however, beat the 1.5 percent decline expected by analysts, according to research firm Consensus Metrix.

KFC and Taco Bell continued to show strong same-restaurant growth around the world, rising 3 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Both beat analysts’ expectations.

Net income from continuing operations fell to $206 million, or 58 cents per share, in the second quarter, from $266 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier, hurt in part by higher expenses related to sprucing up its Pizza Hut stores.

Excluding items, the company earned 68 cents per share. Net sales fell 4 percent to $1.45 billion.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 61 cents per share and revenue of $1.42 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

Shares of the Louisville, Kentucky-based company were down 0.7 percent in premarket trading.

Reporting by Siddharth Cavale and Karina Dsouza in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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