Pizza Hut Staffing Crunch Takes Slice Out Of Parent Yum Brands Sales

By Dave Simpson
Pizza Hut Staffing Crunch Takes Slice Out Of Parent Yum Brands Sales

Yum Brands Inc YUM.N has missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit, as a fall in US sales at its Pizza Hut chain due to staffing shortages overshadowed growth at KFC and Taco Bell.


Pizza Hut rival Domino's Pizza Inc DPZ.N also missed quarterly sales estimates last week and warned staffing shortages and inflation would pressure its business further into the year.

Same-store sales at US Pizza Hut locations fell 6% in the first quarter, while it rose 1% and 5% at KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, respectively.

Shares of Yum have dropped approximately 17% drop so far this year.

Total revenue rose to $1.55 billion from $1.49 billion a year earlier, but missed estimates of $1.59 billion.


Hourly workers have been turning to higher paying jobs in a tight labor market, leaving US restaurants scrambling to staff their outlets adequately and recruit delivery drivers to fulfill online orders.

The labor crunch has hit when a strained supply chain has already made it harder for restaurants to meet consumer demand.

For Louisville, Kentucky based Yum, comparable sales rose 3% in the quarter ended March 31, missing analysts' average estimate for a 3.8% increase, according to Refinitiv data.

Net income rose to $399 million, or $1.36 per share, from $326 million, or $1.07 per share, a year earlier.

Earning Per Share

Excluding one-time items, Yum Brands earned $1.05 per share, missing estimates of $1.07.

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