Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co (CCSC) versus Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) Critical Analysis

Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co (NASDAQ: CCSC) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chipotle Mexican Grill 5 21 9 0 2.11

Chipotle Mexican Grill has a consensus price target of $371.70, indicating a potential upside of 14.45%. Given Chipotle Mexican Grill’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Chipotle Mexican Grill is more favorable than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chipotle Mexican Grill $4.31 billion 2.15 $397.78 million $4.74 68.51

Chipotle Mexican Grill has higher revenue and earnings than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 3.68% 5.63% 4.72%
Chipotle Mexican Grill 3.17% 10.65% 7.38%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.1% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Chipotle Mexican Grill beats Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co Company Profile

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.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Company Profile

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.

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