Raymond James Upgrades Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to Outperform

April 12, 2021 4:51 AM EDT
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(Updated - April 12, 2021 5:12 AM EDT)

Raymond James upgraded Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) from Market Perform to Outperform with a price target of $1,800.00.

The analyst comments "We believe the company's sales have fully participated in strengthening industry trends over the last four weeks, likely pushing recent average weekly sales (AWS) in excess of $50K. We now see significant upside to 1Q21 expectations (new RJE $5.52 vs. consensus $4.82) and expect '21/22 estimates to reset higher behind the company's 1Q EPS release (scheduled for 4/21; new '22 RJE $35.65 vs. consensus $30.55). Further, our prior concerns regarding the company's margin recovery algo seem less relevant in an environment where '22 AUV's could achieve $2.7-2.8M supporting industry leading store margins exceeding 25%. Chipotle is also among the highest quality growth stories in our universe supported by several tangible comp drivers (menu innovation, leveraging loyalty), accelerating unit growth (7-8% in '22 bolstered by Chipotlane rollout still in very early stages), and an ironclad financial position (strong FCF and debt-free B/S)."

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Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill closed at $1531.42 yesterday.

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