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.
Austin Smith has no position in any stocks mentioned. Jeremy Phillips owns shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks, and Panera Bread. The Motley Fool recommends Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.