Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc Valuation – March 2017 $CMG

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – March 2017.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Chipotle Mexican Group Inc (CMG) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle), together with its subsidiaries, operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. The Company’s Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants serve a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads. As of December 31, 2016, the Company managed its operations and restaurants based on 11 regions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 2,198 Chipotle restaurants throughout the United States, as well as 29 international Chipotle restaurants, and it also had 23 restaurants in operation in other non-Chipotle concepts. As of December 31, 2016, 29 of its restaurants were located outside of the United States, with 17 in Canada, six in the United Kingdom, five in France and one in Frankfurt, Germany. The Company sells gift cards, which do not have an expiration date. The Company categorizes its restaurants as end-caps (at the end of a line of retail outlets), in-lines (in a line of retail outlets), free-standing or other.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CMG – March 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $11,871,606,267 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.85 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 82.34% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 53.21 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 8.79 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.85 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $7.78
MG Growth Estimate -0.75%
MG Value $54.45
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $112.82
MG Value based on 0% Growth $66.14
Market Implied Growth Rate 22.36%
Current Price $414.02
% of Intrinsic Value 760.35%

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings growth over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $8.19 in 2013 to an estimated $7.78 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 22.36% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $80.53. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 53.21, which was above the industry average of 31.3. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-3.4.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$3.40
Graham Number $80.53
PEmg 53.21
Current Ratio 1.85
PB Ratio 8.79
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $522,374,000
Total Current Liabilities $281,793,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $2,026,103,000
Intangible Assets $21,939,000
Total Liabilities $623,610,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 29,770,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.92
Dec2016 $0.77
Dec2015 $15.10
Dec2014 $14.13
Dec2013 $10.47
Dec2012 $8.75
Dec2011 $6.76
Dec2010 $5.64
Dec2009 $3.95
Dec2008 $2.36
Dec2007 $2.13
Dec2006 $1.28
Dec2005 $1.43
Dec2004 $0.24
Dec2003 -$0.34
Dec2002 -$0.87
Dec2001 -$1.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.78
Dec2016 $9.09
Dec2015 $12.51
Dec2014 $10.53
Dec2013 $8.19
Dec2012 $6.53
Dec2011 $5.00
Dec2010 $3.77
Dec2009 $2.64
Dec2008 $1.82
Dec2007 $1.35
Dec2006 $0.75
Dec2005 $0.26
Dec2004 -$0.38
Dec2003 -$0.64
Dec2002 -$0.69
Dec2001 -$0.50

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