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Yum! Brands board approves separation of China business

Staff Writer |
Yum! Brands announced that its board has approved the previously announced separation of its China business, now owned by Yum China Holdings from Yum! Brands.

This is currently expected to occur after the close of business on October 31, 2016.

Yum China expects to begin trading “regular way” as an independent company beginning November 1, 2016, on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “YUMC.”

Yum! Brands expects “when-issued” trading for both Yum! Brands and Yum China to begin on the NYSE on October 17, 2016, under the symbol “YUM WI” for Yum! Brands and “YUMC WI” for Yum China.

The Yum! Brands board also declared an increased dividend of $0.51 per share, payable on November 4, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 19, 2016.

This dividend represents an 11% increase from the Company’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46 per share. Since initiating a dividend in 2004, Yum! Brands is one of a select group of S&P 500 companies to annually increase its dividend at a double-digit percentage rate.

Since Yum! Brands announced its intention to separate Yum China, the Company has repurchased approximately $5.1 billion in shares at an average price of approximately $80, reducing its share count by approximately 15% as of September 23, 2016.

Yum! Brands expects to repurchase an additional $1.1 billion in shares before the end of 2016 to achieve its previously announced plan to return $6.2 billion of capital to shareholders (excluding dividends) in connection with the separation of its China business.

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