Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 21, 2015 - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Highlights for the second quarter of 2015 as compared to the second quarter of 2014 include:

  • Revenue increased 14.1% to $1.2 billion
  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 4.3%
  • Restaurant level operating margin was 28.0%, an increase of 70 basis points
  • Net income was $140.2 million, an increase of 27.1%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $4.45, an increase of 27.1%
  • Opened 48 new restaurants

Highlights for the six months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the prior year include:

  • Revenue increased 17.0% to $2.3 billion
  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 7.1%
  • Restaurant level operating margin was 27.7%, an increase of 100 basis points
  • Net income was $262.8 million, an increase of 36.0%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $8.34, an increase of 35.8%
  • Opened 97 new restaurants

"We feel good about our second quarter results, as our revenue, average restaurant sales, and comparable restaurant sales have continued to grow even comparing to a very strong 2014. The strength of our business is the product of our unique food culture and unique people culture, and we constantly find ways to improve, and overcome challenges we encounter - whether that means non-GMO ingredients, adding new pork suppliers to ensure food with integrity, or reinventing the way tortillas are made at scale. Our relentless focus on the key drivers of our business allows us to continue to change the way people think about and eat fast food," said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle.

Second quarter 2015 results

Revenue for the quarter was $1.2 billion, up 14.1% from the second quarter of 2014. The growth in revenue was driven by new restaurants not in the comparable base and a 4.3% increase in comparable restaurant sales. Comparable restaurant sales growth was driven primarily by an increase in average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out during the second quarter of 2014.

We opened 48 new restaurants during the quarter, bringing the total restaurant count to 1,878.

Food costs were 33.1% of revenue, a decrease of 150 basis points, as a result of the impact of our menu price increase, as well as relief in dairy and avocado prices, partially offset by increased beef and packaging costs as compared to the second quarter of 2014.

Restaurant level operating margin was 28.0% in the quarter, an increase of 70 basis points from the second quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily driven by favorable sales leverage, offset by increased labor costs as a percent of revenue.

General and administrative expenses were 5.9% of revenue, a decrease of 120 basis points due to lower non-cash stock based compensation expense, and lower bonus costs, partially offset by higher wages as we grew.

Net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $140.2 million, or $4.45 per diluted share, compared to $110.3 million, or $3.50 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2015

Revenue for the first six months of 2015 was $2.3 billion, up 17.0% from the first six months of 2014. The growth in revenue was driven by new restaurants not in the comparable base and a 7.1% increase in comparable restaurant sales. Comparable restaurant sales growth was driven primarily by an increase in average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out during the second quarter of 2014, and to a lesser extent increased traffic.

We opened 97 new restaurants during the first six months of 2015, bringing the total restaurant count to 1,878.

Food costs were 33.5% of revenue, a decrease of 100 basis points, which was lower as a result of the benefit of our menu price increase and relief in dairy and avocado prices, partially offset by increased beef and packaging costs as compared to the first half of 2014.

Restaurant level operating margin was 27.7% for the first six months of 2015, an increase of 100 basis points from the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by favorable sales leverage, partially offset by higher labor costs as a percent of revenue.

General and administrative expenses were 5.8% of revenue, a decrease of 150 basis points due to lower non-cash stock based compensation expense, and lower bonus costs, partially offset by higher wages as we grew.

Net income for the first half of 2015 was $262.8 million, or $8.34 per diluted share, compared to $193.3 million, or $6.14 per diluted share, in the first half of 2014.

"We consistently deliver this strong performance because of our amazing people culture, consisting of teams of top-performing employees who are empowered to achieve high standards. We are completely focused on strengthening this culture, by teaching people how to empower those around them to be at their best and developing leadership internally, and by making further investments in our teams, most recently by adding benefits for our hourly employees, including increased paid vacation and sick days and tuition reimbursement. Today, we have developed more top performing managers and crews than ever before, and our field leadership knows that their success arises only when they completely devote themselves to the betterment of the people around them," said Monty Moran, co-CEO of Chipotle.

Outlook

For 2015, management expects the following:

  • New restaurant openings at or above the high end of the previously announced range of 190-205
  • Low-to-mid single digit comparable restaurant sales increases
  • An effective full year tax rate of approximately 38.7%

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this release:

Comparable restaurant sales represent the change in period-over-period sales for restaurants in operation for at least 13 full calendar months.

Average restaurant sales refers to the average trailing 12-month sales for restaurants in operation for at least 12 full calendar months.

Restaurant level operating margin represents total revenue less restaurant operating costs, expressed as a percent of total revenue.

Conference Call

Chipotle will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter 2015 financial results on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 4:30 PM Eastern time.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-888-378-4413 or for international callers by dialing 1-719-325-2444. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 or 1-858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 3789022. The replay will be available until July 28, 2015. The call will be webcast live from the company's website at chipotle.com under the investor relations section. An archived webcast will be available one hour after the end of the call.

About Chipotle

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that--where possible--are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 1,800 restaurants, including 19 Chipotle restaurants outside the US, 10 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in a consolidated entity that owns and operates two Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements under the heading "Outlook" of our expected number of new restaurant openings, comparable restaurant sales trends, and effective tax rates in 2015, as well as statements about our ability to achieve future business results, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "should", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "predict", "project", "target", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the uncertainty of our ability to achieve expected levels of comparable restaurant sales increases due to factors such as changes in consumer preferences or decreased consumer spending, our possible inability to increase menu prices or realize the benefits of menu price increases, or the impact of competition; factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and the availability of qualified employees; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty retaining qualified employees, including as a result of market pressures or new regulatory requirements; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food or dining out generally; risks relating to our expansion into new markets; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; risks associated with our Food With Integrity strategy, including supply shortages and potential liabilities related to advertising claims and other marketing activities related to Food With Integrity; security risks associated with the acceptance of electronic payment cards or electronic storage and processing of confidential customer or employee information; risks relating to litigation; risks relating to our insurance coverage and self-insurance; our dependence on key personnel; risks related to our marketing and advertising strategies and ability to protect our brand and reputation; risks associated with our ability to effectively manage our growth; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on our Web site at chipotle.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income and Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended June 30,

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

2014

Revenue

 

 

$

1,197,783

 

   

100.0

%

 

   

 

$

1,050,073

 

   

100.0

%

Restaurant operating costs (Exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, beverage and packaging

 

 

 

396,693

 

 

33.1

 

 

 

 

 

363,148

 

 

34.6

 

Labor

 

 

 

270,914

 

 

22.6

 

 

 

 

 

228,529

 

 

21.8

 

Occupancy

 

 

 

64,693

 

 

5.4

 

 

 

 

 

56,254

 

 

5.4

 

Other operating costs

 

 

 

130,359

 

 

10.9

 

 

 

 

 

115,418

 

 

11.0

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

 

70,212

 

 

5.9

 

 

 

 

 

74,879

 

 

7.1

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

32,440

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

 

 

27,009

 

 

2.6

 

Pre-opening costs

 

 

 

3,668

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

 

 

3,392

 

 

0.3

 

Loss on disposal of assets

 

 

 

1,388

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

1,602

 

 

0.2

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

 

970,367

 

 

81.0

 

 

 

 

 

870,231

 

 

82.9

 

Income from operations

 

 

 

227,416

 

 

19.0

 

 

 

 

 

179,842

 

 

17.1

 

Interest and other income (expense), net

 

 

 

1,742

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

1,144

 

 

0.1

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

 

229,158

 

 

19.1

 

 

 

 

 

180,986

 

 

17.2

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

(88,954

)

 

(7.4

)

 

 

 

 

(70,716

)

 

(6.7

)

Net income

 

 

$

140,204

 

 

11.7

%

 

 

 

$

110,270

 

 

10.5

%

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

$

4.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

3.55

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

$

4.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

3.50

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

31,120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,049

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 

31,526

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,474

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

$

141,935

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

110,139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income and Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended June 30,

 

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

Revenue

 

 

$

2,286,826

 

 

100.0

%

 

    

$

1,954,236

 

 

100.0

%

Restaurant operating costs (Exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, beverage and packaging

 

 

 

765,719

 

 

33.5

 

 

 

 

674,940

 

 

34.5

 

Labor

 

 

 

515,065

 

 

22.5

 

 

 

 

436,737

 

 

22.3

 

Occupancy

 

 

 

127,878

 

 

5.6

 

 

 

 

111,100

 

 

5.7

 

Other operating costs

 

 

 

243,900

 

 

10.7

 

 

 

 

210,555

 

 

10.8

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

 

133,273

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

 

141,796

 

 

7.3

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

63,083

 

 

2.8

 

 

 

 

52,763

 

 

2.7

 

Pre-opening costs

 

 

 

7,103

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

 

7,692

 

 

0.4

 

Loss on disposal of assets

 

 

 

5,588

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

 

3,161

 

 

0.2

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

 

1,861,609

 

 

81.4

 

 

 

 

1,638,744

 

 

83.9

 

Income from operations

 

 

 

425,217

 

 

18.6

 

 

 

 

315,492

 

 

16.1

 

Interest and other income (expense), net

 

 

 

2,965

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

 

1,833

 

 

0.1

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

 

428,182

 

 

18.7

 

 

 

 

317,325

 

 

16.2

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

(165,337

)

 

(7.2

)

 

 

 

(123,986

)

 

(6.3

)

Net income

 

 

$

262,845

 

 

11.5

%

 

 

$

193,339

 

 

9.9

%

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

$

8.47

 

 

 

 

 

$

6.23

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

$

8.34

 

 

 

 

 

$

6.14

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

31,044

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,055

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 

31,525

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,480

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

$

259,864

 

 

 

 

 

$

193,687

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

$

587,685

 

 

    

$

419,465

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,172 and $1,199 as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

 

 

 

25,711

 

 

 

 

34,839

 

Inventory

 

 

 

16,529

 

 

 

 

15,332

 

Current deferred tax asset

 

 

 

20,224

 

 

 

 

18,968

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

 

39,686

 

 

 

 

34,795

 

Income tax receivable

 

 

 

7,851

 

 

 

 

16,488

 

Investments

 

 

 

291,545

 

 

 

 

338,592

 

Total current assets

 

 

 

989,231

 

 

 

 

878,479

 

Leasehold improvements, property and equipment, net

 

 

 

1,147,059

 

 

 

 

1,106,984

 

Long term investments

 

 

 

600,767

 

 

 

 

496,106

 

Other assets

 

 

 

47,228

 

 

 

 

42,777

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

21,939

 

 

 

 

21,939

 

Total assets

 

 

$

2,806,224

 

 

 

$

2,546,285

 

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

 

$

81,453

 

 

 

$

69,613

 

Accrued payroll and benefits

 

 

 

93,396

 

 

 

 

73,894

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

 

86,167

 

 

 

 

102,203

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

 

261,016

 

 

 

 

245,710

 

Deferred rent

 

 

 

232,690

 

 

 

 

219,414

 

Deferred income tax liability

 

 

 

28,761

 

 

 

 

40,529

 

Other liabilities

 

 

 

32,047

 

 

 

 

28,263

 

Total liabilities

 

 

 

554,514

 

 

 

 

533,916

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 600,000 shares authorized, no shares issued as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

Common stock $0.01 par value, 230,000 shares authorized, and 35,704 and 35,394 shares issued as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

 

 

 

357

 

 

 

 

354

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

 

1,134,728

 

 

 

 

1,038,932

 

Treasury stock, at cost, 4,550 and 4,367 common shares at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

 

 

 

(865,081

)

 

 

 

(748,759

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

(3,410

)

 

 

 

(429

)

Retained earnings

 

 

 

1,985,116

 

 

 

 

1,722,271

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

 

2,251,710

 

 

 

 

2,012,369

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

 

$

2,806,224

 

 

 

$

2,546,285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(unaudited)
(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended June 30,

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

2014

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

$

262,845

 

 

 

$

193,339

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

63,083

 

 

 

 

52,763

 

Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

 

 

 

(13,032

)

 

 

 

(6,124

)

Loss on disposal of assets

 

 

 

5,588

 

 

 

 

3,161

 

Bad debt allowance

 

 

 

(27

)

 

 

 

(18

)

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

38,729

 

 

 

 

61,401

 

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

 

 

 

(58,058

)

 

 

 

(9,516

)

Other

 

 

 

229

 

 

 

 

3

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

 

9,093

 

 

 

 

3,754

 

Inventory

 

 

 

(1,205

)

 

 

 

(2,476

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

 

(4,915

)

 

 

 

(2,744

)

Other assets

 

 

 

(4,483

)

 

 

 

(3,574

)

Accounts payable

 

 

 

14,111

 

 

 

 

17,696

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

 

5,083

 

 

 

 

15,781

 

Income tax payable/receivable

 

 

 

66,694

 

 

 

 

21,041

 

Deferred rent

 

 

 

13,512

 

 

 

 

12,584

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

 

3,883

 

 

 

 

3,360

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

 

401,130

 

 

 

 

360,431

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of leasehold improvements, property and equipment

 

 

 

(114,395

)

 

 

 

(102,840

)

Purchases of investments

 

 

 

(273,907

)

 

 

 

(191,281

)

Maturities of investments

 

 

 

216,000

 

 

 

 

121,250

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

 

(172,302

)

 

 

 

(172,871

)

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of treasury stock

 

 

 

(116,322

)

 

 

 

(50,292

)

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

 

 

 

58,058

 

 

 

 

9,516

 

Stock plan transactions and other financing activities

 

 

 

(175

)

 

 

 

(55

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

 

(58,439

)

 

 

 

(40,831

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

(2,169

)

 

 

 

118

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

168,220

 

 

 

 

146,847

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

 

419,465

 

 

 

 

323,203

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

$

587,685

 

 

 

$

470,050

 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in purchases of leasehold improvements, property and equipment accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

$

(3,879

)

 

 

$

917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Supplemental Financial and Other Data
(dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months ended

 

 

 

Jun. 30,

 

 

Mar. 31,

 

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

Sep. 30,

 

 

Jun. 30,

 

 

 

2015

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

2014

 

 

2014

Number of restaurants opened

 

 

 

48

 

 

 

 

49

 

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

 

45

 

Restaurant relocations

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Number of restaurants at end of period

 

 

 

1,878

 

 

 

 

1,831

 

 

 

 

1,783

 

 

 

 

1,724

 

 

 

 

1,681

 

Average restaurant sales

 

 

$

2,530

 

 

 

$

2,516

 

 

 

$

2,472

 

 

 

$

2,403

 

 

 

$

2,307

 

Comparable restaurant sales increases

 

 

 

4.3

%

 

 

 

10.4

%

 

 

 

16.1

%

 

 

 

19.8

%

 

 

 

17.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Investor Contact:

Mark Alexee
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
303-605-1042

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