Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Announces Additional Stock Repurchase Authorizations and Accelerated Repurchase Transaction
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today announced it has added an additional $100 million to the existing $100 million repurchase plan previously announced on October 18, 2012. The company has repurchased about $40 million through November 19th under the previously-announced $100 million buyback.
Chipotle also announced that $25 million of the authorized repurchases will be conducted through a privately negotiated accelerated share repurchase transaction, or ASR, with Morgan Stanley. The specific number of shares to be repurchased under the ASR will be based generally on the volume-weighted average share price of the company's common stock over a specified period. The accelerated repurchase transaction is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, but may be accelerated at the option of Morgan Stanley.
The remaining $75 million has been added to Chipotle's existing open–market repurchase agreement. The additional repurchases were authorized by Chipotle's Board of Directors on November 20, 2012 and may be modified, suspended, or discontinued at any time.
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, 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 (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food not only from using fresh ingredients, but ingredients that are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened its first restaurant in 1993 and currently operates over 1,350 restaurants. For more information, visit chipotle.com.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
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