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Has Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) Improved Earnings In Recent Times?

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Examining Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.'s (NYSE:CMG) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess CMG's latest performance announced on 31 December 2018 and compare these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.

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How Did CMG's Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

CMG's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$177m has increased by 0.2% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -25%, indicating the rate at which CMG is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely owing to industry tailwinds, or if Chipotle Mexican Grill has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:CMG Income Statement, March 27th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Chipotle Mexican Grill has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.3% exceeds the US Hospitality industry of 7.0%, indicating Chipotle Mexican Grill has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 32% to 20%.

What does this mean?

Chipotle Mexican Grill's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Recent positive growth isn't always indicative of a continued optimistic outlook. There could be factors that are influencing the entire industry thus the high industry growth rate over the same period of time. I suggest you continue to research Chipotle Mexican Grill to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CMG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CMG’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are CMG’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the trailing twelve months from 31 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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