Chipotle Mexican Grill's
Second-quarter net income skyrocketed 44.7% to $35.4 million, or $1.10 per share. Chipotle was able to increase restaurant-level operating margin by 360 basis points, to 26%. Revenue increased 14.1% to $388.8 million, with same-store sales up 1.7%.
Comps increases are no small feat in these tough times. Still, bear in mind that restaurants like Chipotle and Panera
In the earnings press release, founder and co-CEO Steve Ells talked up the highest margins Chipotle has ever achieved. However, he also discussed growing awareness of how food is raised here in the U.S., thanks to the movie Food Inc., which Chipotle's been promoting in its stores. Ellis hopes the documentary will increase consumers' awareness of Chipotle's "Food With Integrity" program. Chipotle was once owned by McDonald's
That distinction helps the company stand out against cheaper fast-food rivals like Yum! Brands'
Still, Chipotle's one of the priciest restaurant stocks around, now trading at more than 30 times earnings. I always used to complain about Panera's high multiple, but the bakery chain's now trading at just 23 times earnings. And you can buy shares of Chipotle's former parent, McDonald's, for around 15 times earnings.
All chains aren't created equal, and I believe Chipotle has a bright future ahead. But personally, I'd rather wait for cheaper shares of this chain before snapping up its spicy goodness.
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