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the term project task is to evaluate the financial performance of chipotle mexican grill inc. the company’s stock symbol is (cmg).
• begin by gathering financial information on chipotle mexican grill inc. for at least three fiscal years (fiscal years ending 2013, 2012, and 2011). you may need to gather the data from various sources; this is part of the "test" in this task, making sure that you know how to use company websites and online financial resources.

• complete the three questions below. present your calculations and label them. you may use charts, graphs, or tables to illustrate your points. support your conclusions as appropriate. include cites and references as required. three-to-fives pages are generally adequate space to cover these three questions.
chipotle mexican grill inc. posts its annual reports under the investors tab on its website.
• http://www.chipotle.com
please note that on this site there is an annual report menu option and a sec filings menu option. the most current annual report may not be available under the annual report menu option. you may have to go the sec filings menu option and search forms for "annual filings". remember that all public companies file an annual 10-k report with the sec.
some other online resources include:
• http://finance.yahoo.com/
• http://moneycentral.msn.com/home.asp
• http://www.barrons.com/
• http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/
or, reference some of your own favorite reliable financial sites.
note: don't let all the available information overwhelm you. the purpose of this task is for you to get comfortable with looking at company financial statements and market research reports, and to process the information in an analytical manner. do not, however, simply download charts from yahoo finance and/or other online resources and copy analyst's opinions. we have spent seven weeks learning about the financial statements and the tools used to help interpret them. this is important practice of your ability to interpret financial data and report it to others in a meaningful, concise manner. put forth your best effort and no one fails.

questions:
1. evaluate the company's profitability and operations. perform you own calculations. show your work.
• what is the company's gross profit margin and net profit margin for the three fiscal years?
• what is the company's cash flow margin and return on assets for the same years?
• what is the company's return on equity ratio? is it increasing or decreasing?
• what do these trends say about the company's management and possible prospects for future performance?
• how does its performance measure to other companies in the casual dining/restaurant market segment? chipotle competes in the us with companies like red robin, macaroni grill and other fast casual restaurants. you do not have to look at all competitors, just pick one or two.

2. evaluate the company's liquidity and leverage. perform you own calculations. show your work.
• what is the company's current ratio and cash flow liquidity ratio for the three fiscal years?
• what is the company's debt ratio and debt-to-equity ratio?
• offer your analysis of the company's cash position and the use of debt in its capital structure.
• how does its performance measure to other companies in the casual dining/restaurant market segment?

3. analyze the company's investment attractiveness.
• what is the company's current price-to-earnings ratio?
• review the opinions of several financial analysts regarding chipotle as an investment. what is the general consensus about the investment attractiveness of the stock? are the analysts saying it's a "hold, buy, or sell"?
• based on your analysis, do you concur? if so, why, and if not, why not.
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