January 5, 2013
In the following video, Fool analysts Austin Smith and Jeremy Phillips discuss Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG ) , a company whose stock has been on a bit of a wild ride in recent months.
Chipotle is the only brick-and-mortar store Jeremy would even consider owning in his portfolio, he says. With an average meal price of about $10, Chipotle is a machine that pumps through customers at its busy 1,300 stores, he says. It makes high-quality food and will continue to expand its operations in the fast-casual market.
Chipotle has a lot of room for growth, Austin says. It can expand both here in the U.S. and internationally. It also has yet to roll out its Asian-inspired Shophouse stores outside the Washington, D.C., market.
After trading at up to 50 times earnings last year, Chipotle has fallen to about 30 times earnings. That puts in in line with many competitors. Yet Chipotle has much more room for growth, Austin says.
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