Chipotle's Leadership Change

Plus, Amazon's new powerful chip.

Source: Chipotle

Today is Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

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Chipotle's Leadership Change

It’s a changing of the guard at Chipotle (NYSE: CMG), with the company announcing Tuesday that CFO Jack Hartung will retire in March 2025 after serving in the role since 2002. The stock dipped 0.21% in after-hours trading.

Details: Adam Rymer, a 15-year Chipotle veteran, will become the new CFO. Jamie McConnell will become chief accounting and administrative officer.

Quote: “Jack is one of the best CFOs in the business, and he has played an instrumental role in helping Chipotle deliver unprecedented growth while building our culture and multiple, strong teams with deep expertise.” - Brian Niccol, Chairman and CEO.

Background: Chipotle’s stock is up 28% this year. Going back to its IPO in 2006, the stock is up 6,700%. Hartung was a key part of the company’s financial success.

Early Bird’s Nest Egg Gains: Despite overall consumer spending being down in 2024, Chipotle has performed well.

  • In the first quarter, revenue grew by 14.1% while comparable restaurant sales increased by 7%.

  • The company's promotional campaigns, such as introducing Braised Beef Barbacoa and Chicken Al Pastor, have been effective in driving sales and transactions.

  • A significant portion (36.5%) of Chipotle's total food and beverage revenue came from digital sales.

Final Thoughts: Chipotle is down 7% in the last week following its 50-to-1 stock split.

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Amazon's New Powerful Chip

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) revealed a technology breakthrough Tuesday, releasing its new chip referred to as AWS Graviton4.

Details: Amazon said this chip delivers up to 30% better performance than its previous version.

Powering the Story: This isn’t an AI chip. It is a generic, low-cost option for customers. It also keeps Amazon afloat in the important semiconductor race. 

Final Thoughts: Amazon is up 6.5% in the last 30 days and is expected to report earnings in a few weeks.

SMART Global Holdings Jumps After Earnings

Despite lower-than-expected revenue in the past quarter, the specialty memory solutions company SMART Global Holdings (Nasdaq: SGH) jumped 5.99% in after-hours trading after posting a strong profit.

Final Thoughts: The stock was up 26% this year before these results.

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