Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, burrito specialist Chipotle Mexican Grill
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Chipotle's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Denver (1993)|
|Market Cap||$10.4 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.04 billion|
|Management||Founder/Chairman/co-CEO Steven Ells
CFO John Hartung
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$384.6 million / $3.7 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last week, paids noted that the Chipotle bear case all boiled down to price:
Where do I start? How about the P/E=55? ... [T]hat would be high for a startup tech company with a new niche product but for a fast food company it is "insane" valuation.
In fact, Chipotle even trades at a lofty forward P/E of about 40. That represents a clear premium to other restaurant stocks such as McDonald's
Two weeks ago, CAPS member investorpoet2 expanded on the Chipotle underperform argument:
Actually hold this personally, but not expecting much. Here I'm betting returns suffer for a year or two. The company is trading at 44.6 times the highest analyst estimate for this year and 32.5 times the highest estimate for next year. This is a great company, but there is still such a thing as gravity. Even if they hit these numbers, the stock may be priced too high.
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