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July 22, 2014
11:38 EDTPNRA, FRGI, CMG, NDLSChipotle hits 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of fast casual restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are rallying after the company's second quarter results handily beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 comparable restaurant sales outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported Q2 earnings per share of $3.50 and revenue of $1.05B, easily beating analysts' consensus estimates of $3.08 and $988.94M, respectively. Q2 comparable restaurant sales increased 17.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chipotle raised its FY14 comparable restaurant sales outlook to mid-teens growth from high single digit growth. It forecast 180195 new restaurant openings in 2014. On the company's earnings conference call, management said throughput improved significantly during both lunch and evening hours and they expect that trend to continue for a "long, long time." They see a solid pipeline for potential new sites for this year and beyond, noting that 70% of new stores will be in developed markets. They targeted 30% restaurant operating margin in late 2014 or early 2015, up from about 27% currently. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Five separate firms - Piper Jaffray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, RW Baird, and RBC Capital - all raised their respective price targets on Chipotle. Among those, Baird took its target on the stock to the highest level, hiking its target on the stock to $800 from $650. Baird called the company's Q2 results "impressive" and said it remains highly confident in Chipotle's fundamental outlook, robust traffic momentum and long-term growth prospects. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Chipotle rose $72, or about 12%, to nearly $662 per share on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week high of $663.43. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 65% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the fast casual restaurant space include Panera Bread (PNRA), Noodles & Company (NDLS) and Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI).
News For CMG;PNRA;NDLS;FRGI From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
08:59 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold on valuation at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold from Buy with shares within 8% of its unchanged price target of $185. The firm still expects Panera's same-store sales to continue to improve thru 2015 and 2016.
08:11 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold with a $185 price target.
07:26 EDTNDLSJefferies to hold a summit
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January 16, 2015
15:17 EDTPNRAHain Pure Protein extends relationship with Panera Bread
The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) announced that Hain Pure Protein has entered into a new supply agreement with Panera (PNRA) to provide Plainville Farms turkey breast meat raised without antibiotics to Panera Bread. HPPC has been supplying Panera Bread with turkey raised without antibiotics on family farms since 2011.
January 14, 2015
12:38 EDTCMGChipotle Q1 results at modest risk from pork disruption, says Miller Tabak
Miller Tabak credits Chipotle for being proactive and not selling pork that did not meet their standards, but also believes that the pork supply disruption adds modest risk to the company's Q1 result. Assuming a full-quarter disruption at one-third of Chipotle locations, the firm would lower its Q1 same-store sales estimate to 10%-10.3% from its current 11% growth projection. Miller Tabak maintains its Hold rating and $710 fair value estimate on Chipotle shares.
12:35 EDTCMGChipotle suspends pork sales at one-third of U.S. restaurants, Reuters reports
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January 12, 2015
09:19 EDTNDLSMorgan Stanley events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
09:13 EDTNDLSRBC Capital events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
08:55 EDTNDLSBofA/Merrill events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
07:26 EDTFRGIWedbush to hold a meetings at ICR XChange Conference
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