Yum China Holdings reports 4% year-over-year decline in same-store sales in first two months of 2022 amid impacts from latest COVID outbreaks; operating profit down 20%, primarily due to significant sales deleveraging and cost inflation

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SHANGHAI , March 15, 2022 (press release) –

Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or " Yum China ") (NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) today updated its first quarter 2022 business performance in light of the recent COVID-19 development in China .

As we mentioned in the fourth quarter earnings release, same-store sales in January 2022 improved modestly from the fourth quarter, but were still down year over year, compared to the comparable Chinese New Year Holiday period in 2021. Entering March, the situation has rapidly deteriorated with the highly transmissible Omicron variant causing outbreaks across China , including economically important regions of Guangdong , Shanghai , Shandong and Jilin . Daily cases have hit a two-year high. Quarter-to-date case counts for 2022 have surpassed that of full year 2021. Stricter preventive health measures and containment measures have been observed nationwide, including multiple rounds of city-wide testing and partial or complete city lockdowns.

Our operations are significantly impacted by the latest outbreaks and the tighter public health measures which resulted in a further reduction of social activities, travelling and consumption. Although the situation is still rapidly developing, we are providing the following first quarter 2022 update based on latest trends:

* Same-store sales

- Decreased approximately 4% year over year for the two months combined in January and February.

- Decreased approximately 20% year over year for the first two weeks of March and is still trending down in recent days.

* Operating profit

- Declined approximately 20% year over year for the two months combined in January and February, primarily due to the significant sales deleveraging and cost inflation.

- Based on the latest trend, we currently estimate that Operating profit for the first quarter to be in the range of $165 to $200 million .

* Stores temporarily closed or offered only takeaway and delivery services

- Over 500 stores at the peak in January 2022 .

- Over 1,100 stores as of March 13, 2022 .

* Total store count reached 12,163 as of February 28, 2022 , with 375 net new store openings for the two months combined in January and February.

Joey Wat , CEO of Yum China , commented, "As the country battles the surge in COVID-19 cases, we are staying vigilant to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers. We will keep our restaurants open and provide food services to customers wherever it is possible and safe to do so. Our robust supply chain management has shielded us from material business disruptions. We will continue to drive sales especially in delivery and takeaway occasions. We will also manage costs diligently, and adjust our operations as well as promotion offers as the situation evolves. With our resilient business models, operational excellence and leading digital and delivery capabilities, we are confident we will overcome this challenging and volatile situation. We will continue to execute our RGM strategic framework to fortify resilience, accelerate growth and widen our strategic moat. We believe that this combination of efforts will enable us to drive long-term growth and generate substantial shareholder value in the years ahead."

About Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China . It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC , China's leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut , the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China , and Taco Bell , a California -based restaurant chain serving innovative Mexican-inspired food. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep, Huang Ji Huang , East Dawning and COFFii & JOY concepts outright. In addition, Yum China has partnered with Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China . The Company had 11,788 restaurants in over 1,600 cities at the end of December 2021 .

In 2021, Yum China ranked # 363 on the Fortune 500 list and was named to TIME100 Most Influential Companies list. Yum China has also been selected as member of both Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI): World Index and Emerging Market Index. In 2022, the Company was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was certified as a Top Employer 2022 in China by the Top Employers Institute , both for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit http://ir.yumchina.com.

Source: Yum China Holdings, Inc

[Category: Financial Results]

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