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What's Up With YUM?
Following a 4% sales decline in China in the fourth quarter, Yum Brands (YUM) was downgraded by two banks. Then, last week, two other banks backed the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC.
Cramer said the China comparative sales were up 21% a year ago. He considers the recent slip in China sales a bump in the road. "When it comes to reading China," he said, "I say you give Yum the benefit of the doubt."
"China has new leadership and they will do what it takes to get the economy moving, and moving fast," Cramer said.
"Yum is not the kind of company to sit and wait for the China economy to improve on its own," he said. Yum's strategy is to expand from the tier one cities in China to the outer cities where costs are low and the competition is rare.
"If Yum takes a lesson from Altria (MO) and breaks up, I think the sum of its parts could be worth $77 a share," he said. That's up about 14%. The domestic business is strong enough to stand on its own and the international business is sizzling.
"I think the bulls are right and the bears are letting a short-term Chinese speed bump scare them away from what I regard as a great story," Cramer said.
"The story would be better if Yum breaks itself up into a fast-growing international company and a value-oriented domestic play. That could create instant profits for all aboard," Cramer said.