Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) - Get Report said digital sales rose 177% in the fourth quarter to account for 49% of all revenue in the period, even as earnings per share missed analyst estimates.
The Mexican food chain operator reported adjusted earnings per share of $3.48 on revenue of $1.6 billion after the market closed on Tuesday
The company had been expected to report adjusted net income of $106.4 million, or $3.73 a share, on sales of $1.6 billion, based on a FactSet survey of 32 analysts.
In the same period a year ago, the company posted earnings of $2.86 a share on sales of $1.4 billion. It reported adjusted net income of $81 million.
"Expanding access and convenience through our digital ecosystem has kept the Chipotle brand relevant," said Brian Niccol, chairman and CEO, in a statement.
The company said digital sales grew 177.2% in the quarter from the same period last year, to $781.4 million and represented 49.0% of sales. Roughly half of digital sales were via delivery, with the rest coming from order-ahead transactions, Chipotle said in the statement.
The company said that "given on-going uncertainty surrounding the future impact of COVID-19 on the broader U.S. economy and any specific impact to our company, we are not providing fiscal 2021 comparable restaurant sales growth guidance.
For the year, analysts project revenue of $6 billion.
Shares of Chipotle fell $52.06 to $1,470.99 in after-hours trading Tuesday. In the regular trading session the stock gained 0.9%
The stock has risen about 10% since the company last reported earnings on Oct. 21.