KFC Tenant Overview

Net Lease Advisor Tenant KFC


  • NNN lease eliminates landlord responsibilities
  • Annual increases on most leases
  • Several lease extensions


  • Non-investment grade by both S&P and Moody's
  • Must look closely at performance of franchisor across all locations

Earnings Highlights

Earnings Summary
  • Worldwide system sales grew 13%, excluding foreign currency translation, with KFC at 19%
  • Record digital sales of $7 billion, with digital mix exceeding 45%.

Tenant Description

KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, is one of the most recognizable names in the fast-food industry, with a rich history and global presence. As of 2024, KFC operates over 4,000 restaurants in the United States alone and more than 24,000 locations worldwide, making it a leading player in the quick-service restaurant sector​ (ScrapeHero)​​ (Wikipedia)​. This extensive network not only highlights KFC’s strong brand recognition but also underscores its stability and growth potential as a tenant in net lease properties.

Financial Stability and Lease Structure
KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, boasts a strong financial position with substantial annual revenue, which adds a layer of security for investors. The typical KFC net lease agreement is long-term, often spanning 15 to 20 years, and is structured as a triple net lease (NNN). This means the tenant is responsible for most, if not all, property-related expenses, including maintenance, insurance, and taxes. This lease structure significantly reduces risk for the investor and ensures a steady and predictable income stream.

Strategic Location and Market Demand
KFC locations are strategically placed in high-traffic areas, such as busy intersections, shopping centers, and urban hubs, ensuring a consistent flow of customers. The brand’s broad menu appeal, featuring its signature fried chicken and a variety of other offerings, attracts a diverse customer base, from families to working professionals. This high demand supports robust sales performance, making KFC a dependable tenant with a low likelihood of vacancy.

Investment Considerations and Long-Term Benefits
Investing in a KFC net lease property offers numerous advantages. The brand’s long-standing market presence and continuous innovation in menu offerings and customer experience ensure ongoing consumer interest and loyalty. Additionally, the triple net lease structure minimizes investor involvement in day-to-day property management, providing a truly passive investment. The strong creditworthiness of Yum! Brands further mitigates investment risk, making KFC net lease properties an attractive addition to any real estate portfolio.

The KFC Corporation based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the few brands in America that can boast a decades-long history of success and has been operating for more than 70 years. Currently, KFC operates more than 24,000 outlets, of which, around seven percent are franchisee owned.

Harland Sanders, an honorary Kentucky Colonel, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1930 in the small front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. The Colonel actively started franchising in 1952. PepsiCo then acquired Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1986, and in 1997, they announced the spin-off of its quick service restaurants - KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut now known as Yum! Brands, Inc. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the KFC menu includes their popular Crispy Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Extra Crispy™ Tenders with home-style sides, Hot Wings™ pieces and freshly made chicken sandwiches.

KFC is owned by Yum! Brands. Other QSRs under the Yum! Brands banner include Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. KFC reported 7% growth in worldwide sales in 2016. KFC plans to couple a return to the basics with a push on the digital front and delivery. Yum! Brands is ranked number 218 on the Fortune 500 list, with revenues exceeding $6 billion in 2016.

Average Cap Rate
Trailing 12-month average
Average Property & Lease
Average Sale Price $1,822,318
NOI $99,647
$/Square Foot $607 - $911
Building SF 2,000 - 3,000
Lot Size 0.5 - 1.2 Acres
Lease Term 20 Years
Escalations Varies
Stock Symbol YUM
Credit Rating
Moody's Ba2
Average Cap Rate Trend
Rates reflect year-over-year comparison
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