How to buy Yum! Brands (YUM) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Yum! Brands shares.

Yum! Brands Inc (YUM) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $116.43 after a previous close of $116.01. During the day the price has varied from a low of $116.03 to a high of $117.08. The latest price was $116.95 (25 minute delay). Yum! Brands is listed on the NYSE and employs 38,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Yum! Brands

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: YUM in this case.
  5. Research Yum! Brands shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Yum! Brands shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Yum! Brands's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Yum! Brands's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $127.09, which is 18.55% up on its pre-crash value of $103.51 and 131.28% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $54.95.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Yum! Brands shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $531.29 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,194.65.

Yum! Brands share price (NYSE:YUM)

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Yum! Brands shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-02.
Previous close$116.01
Change %0.8103%
Information last updated 2021-09-18.
52-week range$86.5821 - $135.2651
50-day moving average$132.1744
200-day moving average$119.77
Wall St. target price$134.64
PE ratio29.2295
Dividend yield$1.97 (1.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$4.348
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Fees for buying 5x Yum! Brands shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £1.92
£429.49 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £2.14
£429.71 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.87
£428.44 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £2.15
£429.72 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £16.24
£443.81 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £14.42
£441.99 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £4.28
£431.84 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £14.86
£442.43 total
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Is it a good time to buy Yum! Brands stock?

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Yum! Brands price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $116.95

1 week (2021-09-13) -9.38%
1 month (2021-08-20) -13.02%
3 months (2021-06-18) 2.02%
6 months (2021-03-19) 8.33%
1 year (2020-09-18) 26.97%
2 years (2019-09-20) 4.14%
3 years (2018-09-20) 31.46%
5 years (2016-09-20) 83.17%

Is Yum! Brands under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Yum! Brands's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, Yum! Brands shares trade at around 29x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

Yum! Brands's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6332. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Yum! Brands's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Yum! Brands's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Yum! Brands's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $6.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 34.1%
Gross profit TTM $2.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 22.17%
Return on equity TTM -9999999%
Profit margin 21.21%
Market capitalisation $37.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Yum! Brands shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "YUM.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 3.8 million Yum! Brands shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 8.8% down from 4.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Yum! Brands shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Yum! Brands's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Yum! Brands shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Yum! Brands shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). Yum! Brands's SIR currently stands at 3.28. In other words for every 100,000 Yum! Brands shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3280 shares are currently held short.

However Yum! Brands's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Yum! Brands shares, or, against the total number of tradable Yum! Brands shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Yum! Brands's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Yum! Brands shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.013% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Yum! Brands shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Yum! Brands.

Find out more about how you can short Yum! Brands stock.

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Yum! Brands.

Total ESG risk score

Yum! Brands's total ESG risk: 16.14

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Yum! Brands's overall score of 16.14 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Yum! Brands is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Environmental score

Yum! Brands's environmental score: 0.16/100

Social score

Yum! Brands's social score: 8.54/100

Governance score

Yum! Brands's governance score: 1.95/100

Controversy score

Yum! Brands's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Yum! Brands scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Yum! Brands hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Yum! Brands Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.14
Total ESG percentile 12.8
Environmental score 0.16
Social score 8.54
Governance score 1.95
Level of controversy 3

Yum! Brands share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.54% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.56% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 44.87% of net profits

Yum! Brands has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.54% of its share value annually.

Yum! Brands has paid out, on average, around 44.87% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.56% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.56% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Yum! Brands's case, that would currently equate to about $1.97 per share.

While Yum! Brands's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Yum! Brands's most recent dividend payout was on 10 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Yum! Brands's shares ever split?

Yum! Brands's shares were split on a 1391:1000 basis on 1 November 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1391 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Yum! Brands shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 28.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Yum! Brands shares which in turn could have impacted Yum! Brands's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Yum! Brands's shares have ranged in value from as little as $86.5821 up to $135.2651. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

YUM.US volatility(beta: 1.03)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Yum! Brands's is 1.0317. This would suggest that Yum! Brands's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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