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Chipotle Reports Q1 Sales Rise 16%

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Newport Beach-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) reported first-quarter revenue climbed 16% to $2 billion despite recent food and labor inflation.   

 

The quick service chain, which opened 51 new locations during the quarter, said its comparable restaurant sales climbed 9%. The company reported adjusted profit of $5.70, topping the average analyst estimate of $5.64. Its revenue also met expectations.

 

“Chipotle’s performance in the first quarter was strong, despite challenges from the Omicron variant and on-going inflation,” CEO Brian Niccol said in a statement. 

The company said its costs for beef, avocadoes and paper rose, partially offset by menu price increases. Its operating margin was 9.4% up from 9.3% a year ago. 

Chipotle forecasts 10% to 12% growth in comparable restaurant sales for the second quarter and plans to open between 235 to 250 new restaurants in 2022.  

 

After the announcement, shares rose 3.5% to $1,488. At today’s close, the company’s market cap was $40 billion.

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