Analyst Report: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Summary

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first restaurant in 1993, became a subsidiary of McDonald’s in 1998, and was spun off in a public offering in 2006. The company operates more than 3,400 restaurants. CMG restaurants offer quick service, but maintain traditional cooking methods and utilize high-quality ingredients. The company has a tightly focused menu, but store design and decor vary by location. The company has been expanding rapidly in recent years as interest in Southwestern food has spread throughout the U.S. With a market capitalization of $73.8 billion, the shares are generally regarded as large-cap growth.

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