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Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal

Friday, January 06, 2012

Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal07:27 EST Friday, January 06, 2012 HONG KONG (Business Wire) -- Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) (“Yum!”) is delighted to announce that the proposal for the privatization of Little Sheep Group Ltd. (HKEx: 968; “Little Sheep”) by way of a scheme of arrangement (“Scheme”) has been approved by the independent shareholders of Little Sheep at the Court Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting today. Under the proposal, Yum!, through a wholly owned subsidiary, is offering Little Sheep scheme shareholders HK $6.50 cash per Scheme share and is offering holders of options to subscribe for shares in Little Sheep HK $4.39 per option to cancel such options. Little Sheep operates hot pot concept restaurants primarily in China and is headquartered in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. Its shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Yum! will proceed to the next step of the privatization and will seek the sanction of the Scheme by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands at the petition hearing on 20 January, 2012. Assuming the Scheme is approved by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, it is expected that the Scheme will become effective on 1 February, 2012, whereupon Little Sheep will be privatized and will become a subsidiary of Yum!. Jing-Shyh Sam Su, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Restaurants China, Vice-Chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc. commented, “We are pleased to see that the Independent Little Sheep Shareholders value the offer provided by Yum!. We have a strong commitment to the China market and to the Little Sheep brand. We are confident we can further strengthen Little Sheep's brand, business model and market position.” Should the Scheme become effective, the two original Little Sheep founders, Mr. Zhang Gang and Mr. Chen Hongkai, will remain as minority shareholders. Mr. Zhang Gang will remain a director of Little Sheep with the title of “Founding Chairman.” Both Mr. Zhang and Mr. Chen will continue to provide strategic advice on the business and concept development of Little Sheep and work with Yum! to further build the Little Sheep brand. About Yum! Brands and Yum! China Yum! Brands is listed on the NYSE (YUM). It is the world's largest restaurant company based on number of system units, with over 36,000 units in more than 110 countries and territories. Through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, Yum! develops, operates, franchises and licenses a worldwide system of restaurants which prepare, package and sell a menu of competitively priced food items. Based in Shanghai, the China division of Yum! Brands, Inc. is recognized for its size, unique strength and importance. In 2010, the China division of Yum! Brands, Inc. opened more than 500 new restaurants in mainland China. KFC also continues to be the number one quick-service restaurant brand in mainland China today, with nearly 3,500 restaurants in more than 700 cities. Pizza Hut is also the number one casual dining brand in mainland China with over 560 Pizza Hut Casual Dining restaurants in over 130 cities. About Little Sheep Group Ltd Little Sheep is a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability, whose shares have been listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since June 12, 2008. The Little Sheep Group is principally engaged in the operation of a full-service restaurant chain, provision of catering services and sale of related food products. Brunswick Group LimitedChina/Hong Kong:Tim Payne, +852 3512 5033Mobile: +852 6104 6266orTong Zhao, +852 3512 5088Mobile: +852 9011 8258 / +86 138 0133 4887orKarin Wong, +852 3512 5077Mobile: +852 9755 6265orYum! Brands, Inc.U.S.:Media Relations:Amy Sherwood, +1-502-874-8200orInvestor Relations:Tim Jerzyk, +1-888-298-6986orSteve Schmitt, +1-888-298-6986orChina:Bi-Ling Wang, +86 21 2407 7520VP, Public Affairs and Government RelationsorLily Long, +86 21 2407 7512Director of Public AffairsMobile: +86 1380 160 4882orLittle Sheep Group LimitedChina:Zhang Zhanhai, +86 10 6598 2699Chief Operating OfficerorLi Lichan, +86 472 5188 955Vice PresidentorYe FeiBrand Director, +86 472 5188 863Mobile: +86 1860 472 0243