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 Chipotle Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share Grows 182% to $1.55 on Revenue Increase of 7.3%
   Tuesday, February 06, 2018 4:10:00 PM ET

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG ) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

Overview for the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2016:

-- Revenue increased 7.3% to $1.1 billion

-- Comparable restaurant sales increased 0.9% for the quarter

-- Restaurant level operating margin was 14.9%, an increase from 13.5%

-- Net income was $43.8 million, an increase from $16.0 million

-- Diluted earnings per share was $1.55, including a benefit of $0.21 per share resulting from changes in U.S. tax law, compared to $0.55 in the fourth quarter of 2016

-- Opened 38 new restaurants

Overview for the year ended December 31, 2017 as compared to the prior year:

-- Revenue increased 14.7% to $4.5 billion

-- Comparable restaurant sales increased 6.4%

-- Restaurant level operating margin was 16.9%, an increase from 12.8%

-- Net income was $176.3 million, an increase from net income of $22.9 million

-- Diluted earnings per share was $6.17, including a benefit of $0.21 per share resulting from changes in U.S. tax law, compared to $0.77 in 2016

-- Opened 183 new restaurants and closed or relocated 25, including 15 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen Restaurants

"During 2017, we have made considerable changes around leadership, operations, and long-term planning and it is clear that, while there is still work to be done, we are starting to see some success," said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and chief executive officer. "2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Chipotle, and I am encouraged by the dedication all of our guests and employees have to this brand. Our focus this year will be to continue perfecting the dining experience, enhancing the guest experience through innovations in digital and catering, and reinvesting in our restaurants. We are making good progress on our search for a new CEO who can improve execution, drive sales and enable Chipotle to realize our enormous potential."

Fourth quarter 2017 results

Revenue for the quarter was $1.1 billion, an increase of 7.3% from the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase in revenue was driven by new restaurant openings and to a lesser extent by a 0.9% increase in comparable restaurant sales. Comparable restaurants sales include a 0.6% reduction related to deferred revenue that was recognized during the fourth quarter of 2016 related to our Chiptopia Summer Rewards program. Comparable restaurant sales increased as a result of an increase in the average check, including a 2.4% impact from menu price increases taken in select restaurants during the second and fourth quarters of 2017, partially offset by a decrease in transactions. We opened 38 new restaurants during the quarter, and relocated or closed four restaurants, bringing the total restaurant count to 2,408.

Food costs were 34.2% of revenue, a decrease of 110 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The decrease was driven by the benefit of the menu price increases, cost savings initiatives related to paper and packaging products, and relief in avocado prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

Restaurant level operating margin was 14.9% in the quarter, an improvement from 13.5% in the fourth quarter of 2016. The improvement was driven primarily by decreased promotional activity and lower food, beverage and packaging costs as a percent of revenue.

General and administrative expenses were 5.2% of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017, a decrease of 110 basis points over the fourth quarter of 2016. In dollar terms, general and administrative expenses decreased compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 due to decreased non-cash stock-based compensation expense and lower legal costs.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $43.8 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 included a $6.0 million benefit ($0.21 per diluted share) for changes in U.S. tax law.

Full year 2017 results

Revenue for the full year 2017 was $4.5 billion, up 14.7% from the prior year. The increase in revenue was driven by new restaurant openings and a 6.4% increase in comparable restaurant sales. Comparable restaurant sales for the full year included a 1.2% benefit from menu price increases during the second and fourth quarters and a 0.3% benefit from the accounting for deferred revenue during 2016 and 2017 related to Chiptopia Summer Rewards. Comparable restaurant sales improved primarily as a result of an increase in average check during 2017 compared to 2016.

We opened 183 new restaurants during the year and closed or relocated 25 (including the closure of 15 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants), bringing the total restaurant count to 2,408.

Food costs were 34.3% of revenue, a decrease of 70 basis points as compared to the prior year. The decrease was driven by the benefit of the menu price increases taken in select restaurants during the second and fourth quarters of 2017, combined with bringing the preparation of lettuce and bell peppers back into our restaurants after using pre-cut produce during portions of 2016, and cost savings initiatives related to paper and packaging products. These decreases were partially offset by higher avocado prices.

Restaurant level operating margin was 16.9% for the full year 2017, an improvement from 12.8% in the prior year. The improvement was driven by sales leverage, including the benefit of menu price increases, decreased marketing and promotional spend and labor efficiencies, partially offset by higher wages paid to crew and managers. Marketing and promotional expenses were 3.5% of revenue during 2017, compared to 5.1% of revenue during 2016.

General and administrative expenses were 6.6% of revenue for the full year of 2017, a decrease of 50 basis points over the prior year, primarily as a result of sales leverage. In dollar terms, general and administrative costs increased compared to the prior year primarily due to recording a liability of $30.0 million, which represents an estimate of potential claims and assessments by payment card networks related to the data security incident that was announced in April 2017. Additionally, increased bonus costs and higher non-cash stock-based compensation expense contributed to the increase. The increase was partially offset by lower legal costs, as well as decreased meeting costs because of the biennial All Managers Conference held in September 2016.

Our 2017 effective tax rate was 36.1%, a decrease of 4.7% from 2016, due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and a lower state tax rate. This decrease was partially offset by federal credits on overall higher pre-tax operating income. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the federal corporate income tax rate to 21% starting in 2018. As a result, we recognized a $6.0 million benefit related to the remeasurement of our deferred tax position at the lower rate.

Net income for the full year 2017 was $176.3 million, or $6.17 per diluted share, compared to net income of $22.9 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the prior year.

With regard to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Jack Hartung, Chief Financial Officer, said, "We’re pleased that the lower income tax rate from the tax law change will result in savings of approximately $40 to $50 million in 2018. We plan to invest more than one-third of these tax savings in our people, including by making all of our restaurant managers and crew eligible for a one-time cash bonus, awarding one-time stock bonuses to a broad group of staff employees, and enhancing a number of other benefits such as parental leave and short term disability, all to help position Chipotle as the employer of choice in the restaurant industry. We’re excited to share further details about these programs in the coming days."

Outlook

For 2018, management is expecting the following:

-- Comparable restaurant sales increases in the low single digits

-- 130 - 150 new restaurant openings

-- An estimated effective tax rate for the full year of between 30.0% and 31.0%, which includes an underlying effective tax rate of about 27% to 28%, plus the effect of prior year employee equity plans which may either expire without vesting (resulting in no tax deduction), or vest at lower realized values (resulting in a lower tax deduction). While we expect future underlying effective tax rates in the 27% to 28% range, these rates will be further impacted by volatility due to accounting for taxes associated with previous and future stock-based compensation awards as well as a deferred tax asset related to market-based performance stock awards which may not vest.

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this release:

Comparable restaurant sales, or sales comps, represent the change in period-over-period sales for restaurants in operation for at least 13 full calendar months.

Restaurant level operating margin represents total revenue less restaurant operating costs, expressed as a percent of total revenue.

Conference Call

Chipotle will host a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 4:30 PM Eastern time.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-451-6152 or for international callers by dialing 1-201-389-0879. The call will be webcast live from the company’s website on the investor relations page at ir.chipotle.com. An archived webcast will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call.

About Chipotle

Steve Ells, our founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land, and the people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, wholesome ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and as of December 31, 2017, operated 2,408 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements under the heading "Outlook" of our expected comparable restaurant sales, number of new restaurant openings, and effective tax rate for 2018, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "should", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "predict", "project", "target", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the uncertainty of our ability to achieve expected levels of comparable restaurant sales due to factors such as changes in consumers’ perceptions of our brand, including as a result of actual or rumored food-borne illness incidents or other negative publicity, the impact of competition, including from sources outside the restaurant industry, decreased overall consumer spending, or our possible inability to increase menu prices or realize the benefits of menu price increases; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food or dining out generally; factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and the availability of qualified employees; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty training and retaining qualified employees, including as a result of market pressures, enhanced food safety procedures in our restaurants, or new regulatory requirements; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies or higher food costs due to changes in supply chain protocols; risks related to our marketing and advertising strategies, which may not be successful and may expose us to liabilities; supply chain risks; risks relating to our expansion into new markets, including outside the U.S., or non-traditional restaurant sites; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; risks associated with our Food With Integrity philosophy, including supply shortages and potential liabilities from advertising claims and other marketing activities related to Food With Integrity; security risks associated with the acceptance of electronic payment cards or electronic storage and processing of confidential customer or employee information; risks relating to litigation, including possible governmental actions related to food-borne illness incidents, as well as class action litigation regarding employment laws, advertising claims or other matters; risks relating to our insurance coverage and self-insurance; risks regarding our ability to protect our brand and reputation; risks associated with our reliance on certain information technology systems; risks related to our ability to effectively manage our growth; risks associated with our pending leadership change and our dependence on key personnel; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the investor relations page of our website at ir.Chipotle.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                          Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
                                                                                                                                             Consolidated Statement
                                                                                                                                                    of Income
                                                                                                                                      (in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                                                   (unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                 Three months ended December 31,
                                                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                               2017                                                                                                                       2016
                                                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Revenue                                                                                           $ 1,110,100                        100.0 %                                                            $ 1,034,560                             100.0 %
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and
amortization shown separately below):
     Food, beverage and packaging                                                                     379,914                                            34.2                                                                  365,612                                                 35.3
     Labor                                                                                            305,428                                            27.5                                                                  284,250                                                 27.5
     Occupancy                                                                                         84,650                                             7.6                                                                   76,489                                                  7.4
     Other operating costs                                                                            175,038                                            15.8                                                                  168,563                                                 16.3
General and administrative expenses                                                                    57,690                                             5.2                                                                   65,069                                                  6.3
Depreciation and amortization                                                                          41,442                                             3.7                                                                   38,072                                                  3.7
Pre-opening costs                                                                                       2,577                                             0.2                                                                    4,118                                                  0.4
Loss on disposal and impairment of assets                                            3,332                          0.3                              1,837                               0.2  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
     Total operating expenses                                                    1,050,071                         94.6                          1,004,010                              97.0  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Income from operations                                                                                 60,029                                             5.4                                                                   30,550                                                  3.0
Interest and other income, net                                                       1,437                          0.1                                588                               0.1  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Income before income taxes                                                                             61,466                                             5.5                                                                   31,138                                                  3.0
Provision for income taxes                                                         (17,673 )                                          (1.6 )                                             (15,163 )                                               (1.5 )
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Net income                                                                                        $    43,793                          3.9 %                                                            $    15,975                               1.5 %
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                      ===== ====================                      ==================== ========= ====================                      ========== ====================
Earnings per share:
     Basic                                                                                        $      1.56                                                                                           $      0.55  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
     Diluted                                                                                      $      1.55                                                                                           $      0.55  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
     Basic                                                                          28,158                                                                             28,903  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
     Diluted                                                                        28,164                                                                             29,003  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                          Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
                                                                                                                                             Consolidated Statement
                                                                                                                                                    of Income
                                                                                                                                      (in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                     Year ended December 31,
                                                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                               2017                                                                                                                       2016
                                                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                              (unaudited)
Revenue                                                                                           $ 4,476,412                        100.0 %                                                            $ 3,904,384                             100.0 %
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and
amortization shown separately below):
     Food, beverage and packaging                                                                   1,535,428                                            34.3                                                                1,365,580                                                 35.0
     Labor                                                                                          1,205,992                                            26.9                                                                1,105,001                                                 28.3
     Occupancy                                                                                        327,132                                             7.3                                                                  293,636                                                  7.5
     Other operating costs                                                                            651,644                                            14.6                                                                  641,953                                                 16.4
General and administrative expenses                                                                   296,388                                             6.6                                                                  276,240                                                  7.1
Depreciation and amortization                                                                         163,348                                             3.6                                                                  146,368                                                  3.7
Pre-opening costs                                                                                      12,341                                             0.3                                                                   17,162                                                  0.4
Loss on disposal and impairment of assets                                           13,345                          0.3                             23,877                               0.6  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
     Total operating expenses                                                    4,205,618                         94.0                          3,869,817                              99.1  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Income from operations                                                                                270,794                                             6.0                                                                   34,567                                                  0.9
Interest and other income, net                                                       4,949                          0.1                              4,172                               0.1  
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Income before income taxes                                                                            275,743                                             6.2                                                                   38,739                                                  1.0
Provision for income taxes                                                         (99,490 )                                          (2.2 )                                             (15,801 )                                               (0.4 )
                                                                               -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ----- --------------------                      -------------------- --------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
Net income                                                                                        $   176,253                          3.9 %                                                            $    22,938                               0.6 %
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                      ===== ====================                      ==================== ========= ====================                      ========== ====================
Earnings per share:
     Basic                                                                                        $      6.19                                                                                           $      0.78  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
     Diluted                                                                                      $      6.17                                                                                           $      0.77  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
     Basic                                                                          28,491                                                                             29,265  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
     Diluted                                                                        28,561                                                                             29,770  
                                                                               ==================== ========= ====================                                                                      ==================== ========= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                       Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
                                                                                                        Consolidated
                                                                                                        Balance Sheet
                                                                                            (in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                       December 31,
                                                                                              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                      2017                                                                      2016
                                                                                              -----------------------------------------------------                     -----------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                   (unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
     Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                   $    184,569                                                              $     87,880
     Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0                                                 40,453                                                                    40,451
     and $259 as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively
     Inventory                                                                                                         19,860                                                                    15,019
     Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                         50,918                                                                    44,080
     Income tax receivable                                                                                              9,353                                                                     5,108
     Investments                                                                                   324,382                             329,836  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total current assets                                                                                                  629,535                                                                   522,374
Leasehold improvements, property and equipment, net                                                                 1,338,366                                                                 1,303,558
Long term investments                                                                                                       -                                                                   125,055
Other assets                                                                                                           55,852                                                                    53,177
Goodwill                                                                                            21,939                              21,939  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total assets                                                                                                     $  2,045,692                                           $  2,026,103  
                                                                                              ==================== ========== ====================                      ==================== ========== ====================
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
     Accounts payable                                                                                            $     82,028                                                              $     78,363
     Accrued payroll and benefits                                                                                      82,541                                                                    76,301
     Accrued liabilities                                                                           159,324                             127,129  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total current liabilities                                                                                             323,893                                                                   281,793
Deferred rent                                                                                                         316,498                                                                   288,927
Deferred income tax liability                                                                                             814                                                                    18,944
Other liabilities                                                                                   40,042                              33,946  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total liabilities                                                                                  681,247                             623,610  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Shareholders’ equity:
     Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 600,000 shares authorized, no                                                        -                                                                         -
     shares issued as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively
     Common stock $0.01 par value, 230,000 shares authorized, and 35,852                                                  359                                                                       358
     and 35,833 shares issued as of December 31, 2017 and 2016,
     respectively
     Additional paid-in capital                                                                                     1,305,090                                                                 1,238,875
     Treasury stock, at cost, 7,826 and 7,019 common shares at December                                            (2,334,409 )                                                              (2,049,389 )
     31, 2017 and 2016, respectively
     Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)                                                                     (3,659 )                                                                  (8,162 )
     Retained earnings                                                                           2,397,064                           2,220,811  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total shareholders’ equity                                                                       1,364,445                           1,402,493  
                                                                                              -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                                                                       $  2,045,692                                           $  2,026,103  
                                                                                              ==================== ========== ====================                      ==================== ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
                                                                                 Consolidated
                                                                            Statement of Cash Flows
                                                                                (in thousands)
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                     Year ended December 31,
                                                                                  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  2017                                                     2016
                                                                                  ------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------
                                                                                        (unaudited)
Operating activities
Net income                                                                            $  176,253                                               $   22,938
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
     Depreciation and amortization                                                       163,348                                                  146,368
     Deferred income tax (benefit) provision                                             (18,026 )                                                (14,207 )
     Loss on disposal and impairment of assets                                            13,345                                                   23,877
     Bad debt allowance                                                                      214                                                     (262 )
     Stock-based compensation expense                                                     65,255                                                   64,166
     Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation                                            -                                                   (1,320 )
     Other                                                                                  (218 )                                                   (604 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
     Accounts receivable                                                                    (140 )                                                 (1,923 )
     Inventory                                                                            (5,250 )                                                    (91 )
     Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                            (6,710 )                                                 (4,259 )
     Other assets                                                                         (2,587 )                                                 (4,855 )
     Accounts payable                                                                     10,908                                                   (6,734 )
     Accrued liabilities                                                                  38,574                                                   33,491
     Income tax payable/receivable                                                        (4,173 )                                                 54,340
     Deferred rent                                                                        29,996                                                   37,030
     Other long-term liabilities                                                           6,316                                 1,287  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Net cash provided by operating activities                                                467,105                               349,242  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Investing activities
Purchases of leasehold improvements, property and equipment                             (216,777 )                                               (258,842 )
Purchases of investments                                                                (199,801 )                                                      -
Maturities of investments                                                                330,000                                                   45,000
Proceeds from sale of investments                                                              -                               540,648  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities                                      (86,578 )                                                326,806  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Financing activities
Acquisition of treasury stock                                                           (285,920 )                                               (837,655 )
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation                                                 -                                                    1,320
Stock plan transactions and other financing activities                                        26                                    52  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Net cash used in financing activities                                                   (285,894 )                                               (836,283 )
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents                               2,056                                                      110
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                                                   96,689                                                 (160,125 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year                                            87,880                               248,005  
                                                                                        -------- --------------------                            -------- --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                                              $  184,569                            $   87,880  
                                                                                        ======== ====================                            ======== ====================
                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                              Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                               Supplemental
                                                                                                                                                         Financial and Other Data
                                                                                                                                                          (dollars in thousands)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                               For the three months ended
                                                                                            Dec. 31,         Sep. 30        Jun. 30,        Mar. 31,              Dec. 31,
                                                                                              2017                                                  2017                                                  2017                                                  2017                                                        2016
                                                                                          ------------                                          ------------                                          ------------                                          ------------                                          ------------------------
Number of restaurants opened                                                                    38                                                    38                                                    50                                                    57                                                         72
Restaurant relocations/closures                                                                 (4 )                                                  (3 )                                                  (2 )                                                 (16 )                                                        -
Number of restaurants at end of period                                                       2,408                                                 2,374                                                 2,339                                                 2,291                                                      2,250
Average restaurant sales                                                                   $ 1,940                                               $ 1,948                                               $ 1,957                                               $ 1,931                                               $      1,868
Comparable restaurant sales increase (decrease)                                                0.9 %                                                 1.0 %                                                 8.1 %                                                17.8 %                                                     (4.8 %)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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