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||$2.16 billion|
|Management||Founder/Chairman/Co-CEO Steve Ells
Co-CEO Montgomery Moran
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||21%|
|Cash/Debt||$444.6 million / $3.7 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 15% of the 2,909 members who have rated Chipotle believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include NewJerseyBob and All-Star naughtyguy, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.
Just last week, NewJerseyBob just couldn't get comfortable with Chipotle's valuation: "Sooner or later the P/E will come back to earth. Might take a while, but once people come out of their burrito-induced food comas and realize the multiple is too high, this stock will correct sharply."
In fact, Chipotle trades at a particularly lofty P/E of 52. That represents a clear premium to other restaurant stocks such as McDonald's
CAPS member naughtyguy elaborates on the Chipotle bear case:
When they have an earnings report showing a slow down in same store revenues the stock will take a dive. I think their novelty will wear off and people will go back to real Mexican restaurants. If the regular Mex. restaurants start offering organic where will that leave [Chipotle]?
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