Head-To-Head Review: Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) versus Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain (CCSC)

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain (NYSE:CCSC) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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84.1% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Chipotle Mexican Grill has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Chipotle Mexican Grill and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chipotle Mexican Grill 4 23 8 0 2.11
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chipotle Mexican Grill currently has a consensus target price of $341.47, suggesting a potential upside of 6.65%. Given Chipotle Mexican Grill’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Chipotle Mexican Grill is more favorable than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain.

Profitability

This table compares Chipotle Mexican Grill and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chipotle Mexican Grill 3.94% 13.44% 9.15%
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain 3.68% 5.63% 4.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Chipotle Mexican Grill and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chipotle Mexican Grill $4.48 billion 2.00 $176.25 million $6.16 51.98
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.31

Chipotle Mexican Grill has higher revenue and earnings than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain. Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chipotle Mexican Grill, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Chipotle Mexican Grill beats Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chipotle Mexican Grill

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.

About Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. (CSC Cayman) is a quick service restaurant chain in China. The Company is engaged in serving Sichuan-style fast food over the counter in the People’s Republic of China. The Company’s restaurant chain has approximately 337 restaurants, including around 177 restaurants in Chongqing municipality and around 103 restaurants in Sichuan province. CSC Cayman’s staples include entrees, such as spicy sauteed pork, Taiwanese-style braised pork over rice, honey-roasted spicy chicken wings, mushroom chicken, shredded pepper steak, shredded quick-fried ginger duck and kung pao chicken, along with a range of appetizers, desserts and beverages. Each entree on its menu is prepared with pre-mixed sauce packages delivered from the Company’s central facility in Chongqing. Approximately 260 of the Company’s restaurants are operated under its CSC brand and around 74 of the restaurants were operated under its Mr. Rice brand.

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