Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY)

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Member Avatar DAS313 (59.06) Submitted: 11/13/2015 12:15:45 AM : Outperform Start Price: $29.89 CHUY Score: +8.49

Well run chain with small size and appeal
Huge runway up and benefits from trend in eating out


Member Avatar TurksFan (59.19) Submitted: 10/13/2015 1:55:21 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.21 CHUY Score: -4.50

Is this the next Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) or Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD)? Could be. Chuy Holdings (NASDAQ: CHUY) is a Tex-Mex casual dining chain which follows the Chipotle plan and expands slowly. The potential for growth as more stores open is high. It had a terrible 2014 but seems to be back on the right course this year. It is my pick this week to see how it performs for 2015. Might open a position in this company.


Member Avatar iksnamyzs (76.10) Submitted: 10/5/2015 6:21:32 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.07 CHUY Score: +3.71

hold long term


Member Avatar kkconway (99.40) Submitted: 10/1/2015 1:32:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.90 CHUY Score: +4.81

Still not cheap, but TexMex stores building out nationwide: you'd have to be brain dead to lose money -- unless the Donald has his way in 2017, LOL.


Member Avatar steadysaber1 (78.99) Submitted: 8/5/2015 7:57:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $34.12 CHUY Score: -2.38

good quarter. new unit revenue being leveraged against SGA so that more money drops to EPS.


Member Avatar steved09 (54.38) Submitted: 4/26/2015 11:26:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $24.44 CHUY Score: +36.85

good food, good service, good management, good business plan


Member Avatar patenmac (< 20) Submitted: 2/28/2015 4:52:33 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.58 CHUY Score: +47.57



Member Avatar allendevans (37.60) Submitted: 1/15/2015 10:17:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.93 CHUY Score: +63.11

I believe CHUY will outperform the S&P 500 over the longer term (5 yrs, plus), much as PNRA and SBUX have done, due to their quality products, great products at reasonable prices, and trendy-yet-friendly restaurants.

The stock is currently rated as HOLD or SELL by many advisers, but I believe those advisers have never eaten at a Chuy's Restaurant.

My wife and I are from San Antonio, TX. The Chuy's in are area are always packed, 24-7-365. We now live in Maryland and recently discovered a Chuy's in nearby Virginia recently. True to form, the restaurant was packed from the moment we arrived until we left.

Oh, and the Creamy Jalapeno is the best menu item. Bar none.
Aside: before Chuy's had arrived in Dallas, TX, whenever my wife traveled there on business, friends would request she bring a gallon (or more) of chips and creamy jalapeno dip for those poor souls forced to live on meager rations of chips, pico and queso.


Member Avatar jmcenter (< 20) Submitted: 11/6/2014 3:53:42 AM : Underperform Start Price: $20.77 CHUY Score: -56.26

I purchased CHUY on the Hidden Gems recommendation. Overall things looked good until I went to the web reviews of customers. Specifically in the NW Arkansas market. This is an area heavy in Mexican restaurants.

If new store openings continue the way this one has done it does not play well for future openings.

Consistency and customer service are everything in the restaurant business. Below are sample reviews.

Whilst I will hold onto my recent small purchase, I am not yet prepared to go further with this one.

Sample reviews:

My wife talked me in to taking the family to Chuy's and probably will never go back. It seemed like it took days to get our waitress to take our drink order and bring us chips and salsa. When she finally brought our drinks, she spilled my son's tea all over our chips and table. I guess she thought we liked tea flavored chips because she did not replace them! We asked her for napkins and she brought some back to wipe up her mess and left us with none. Also, the silverware came in a bag with no napkins! If they are not going to place the napkins with the silverware, they need to get in the habit of handing out napkins immediately. We also had to beg for more chips and salsa. Finally, one hour later when we received our food, it look like it had been sitting out for a while! Most of our food was very cold and tasted like it came straight out of the freezer! Acambaro put's this place to shame! This place is over priced for the service and food that they are serving! I guess it being a new establishment, they are being greedy with the salsa to try pay the loan back! Never again!!!!

Posted on 06/24/14

Was not happy with how condescending the manager was with my family when we were trying to find out where our food was and the problems we were having with service. May not come back

Posted on 03/30/14

My family and I visited Chuys Friday 3/14/2014. We had a wait of 45 minute , which being a new restaurant in town I understand the wait. We had to ask several times for refills. At one point noticed our waitress was over near the front desk joking and carrying on with another employee! She came over to our table and apologized that she was singing karaoke with her friend. REALLY???? We were still waiting on refills! Another time I noticed the kitchen help was standing at the door carrying on with several visitors. Mind you the restaurant was packed with customers. Also noticed the manager hugging the waitresses more than he was walking around visiting with the customers. My opinion is your staff was not very professional at all. Now on a good note the Food was really good!! Not sure I'll visit again. Thank you.

Posted on 03/14/14

Their food is so good and so fresh. I have been 3 times already and have loved everything. It's flavorful tex mex. The salsa is incredible! Fresh tortillas are incredible! Their chicken is real pieces of roasted chicken, not mushy shredded chicken. The ground beef is sirloin so it's delicious. The fajita steak is so good, the best flavored steak I've ever had on fajitas. The boom boom chicken enchiladas are great, sauce is really spicy though. I haven't heard of any one not liking their food.

Posted on 02/21/14

The food was just ok, nothing special and the service was ok. I really wish something else would have been built in place of Chuy's. The building is awful lloking for the area too. I will not go back, thre are other resturants that are better.

Posted on 07/28/14

The first time I was in the very same restaurant was 2 weeks after they opened and the food was pretty good. The stake in my burrito was nearly perfect. My second visit was yesterday and not as nearly good. I had the same burrito with mushy meat and bean to steak ratio 7 to 1 and it was bland. I think i would put this location on my black list.


Member Avatar mdriver78 (59.02) Submitted: 9/12/2014 11:28:20 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.64 CHUY Score: +42.92

Hidden GEMS


Member Avatar 2014jay (< 20) Submitted: 9/5/2014 6:30:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.50 CHUY Score: +16.39

Chuy's Mex Bar


Member Avatar reidwolski (45.40) Submitted: 6/20/2014 11:30:12 AM : Outperform Start Price: $33.40 CHUY Score: -7.57

My wife and I visit a lot of restaurants. Chuy's has great food at reasonable prices and is always busy. I think there is huge growth potential because Tex - Mex is now a part of most American's cuisine. I always like to look at businesses from the employee side as well. The employees seem to enjoy working there.


Member Avatar terrydabear (21.36) Submitted: 1/27/2014 9:41:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.62 CHUY Score: -27.00

If you had eaten here, you'd know what I like about it: a tasty bit of SoCal junkyard with a lot of Tex-Mex choices...good food, great ambiance; really like the chrome wheels covers n' pet pix! These two restaurants I visit are almost always full of patrons. I will be watching this for a
few months...


Member Avatar Smitter11 (38.53) Submitted: 1/15/2014 11:51:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.34 CHUY Score: -24.83

This chain is just starting to pick up steam and has a solid path to growth through new restaurants in many new markets in the next 5 years.


Member Avatar Sicb (< 20) Submitted: 10/10/2013 2:10:50 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.31 CHUY Score: -35.64

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (Chuy’s) is a full-service restaurant concept offering a distinct menu of authentic, freshly-prepared Mexican and Tex Mex inspired food. Consumables are a staple...


Member Avatar TMFInnovator (48.34) Submitted: 8/19/2013 10:35:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $36.06 CHUY Score: -34.16

A great restaurant concept from my home state of Texas.

- Superior unit-level economies to other restaurant chains. 30%+ growth in both store count and overall revenue towers above BJRI and BWLD. Per-restaurant volume of $4.9 million/yr is also much better than peers.

- The average check of $13 is still cheaper than most other casual diners. I noticed that the average check had a 19% alcohol mix. Alcohol has much higher margins than food, which could be a key to their best-in-class profitability. Chuy's 22.5% margin is 4-5% greater than peers. And trust me, the margaritas are worth it. =)

- Plenty of opportunity for growth. Chuy's only has 43 restaurants as of May and plans to open 9-10 per year.

- 40% Cash-on-Cash return allows for an extremely short payback period.

Here is a link where I've shared their Company Presentation:
Also, here is a link to their Q2'13 Conference call:

Chuy's food is great (/addicting), they are growing quickly, and management is motivated. Their comparable restaurant sales are low (~2%), but still better than the overall industry. And Chuy's valuation doesn't exactly make them cheap, but I think they can grow into it.



Member Avatar rknapton (22.15) Submitted: 8/6/2013 7:26:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $39.80 CHUY Score: -40.47

Long. Potentially a super-performer. 42 Chuy’s Mexican (Tex Mex) restaurants. Revs up 24%. $172M, $130M, $94M. (years 2012,2011,2010). # of stores (each year going back) (43,39,31,23,17…) “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s!” 5 year target to open 59 to 64 new stores. Targets 1%-1.5% same store sales growth.


Member Avatar yhkpenguin (< 20) Submitted: 6/10/2013 7:39:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.89 CHUY Score: -28.70

Purely going by my trusting TMF1000 and the folks on the Cloning board. :-) Silly? I am seriously considering a position just based on that.


Member Avatar TMF1000 (99.79) Submitted: 5/28/2013 11:22:23 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.05 CHUY Score: -27.80

Entered in on caps at $34.05, the PE ratio is 65.48 - so its expensive. I purchased a small position anyway to get some skin in the game of what could be a large concept someday.

Chuy was founded in 1982. That was about the time many of the greatest growth chains in the U.S were started. Applebees was started in 1980 and today has about 2000 restaurants. Outback Steakhouse started in 1988 and has about 700 restaurants. Cheesecake Factory was started in 1978 and has grown very slowly but they have 174 restaurants. Of course there is Chipotle that started in 1993 and has over 1400 restaurants. So what is happening that Chuy’s only has only 41 restaurants after 31 years of operations? I don’t know.

But they seem to be picking up steam. They opened 9 restaurants since last year which is up 28%. If they can keep that type of growth going profitably than this concept could be big. They are a moderately priced restaurant with an average check of $13.34 Since 2010, they have bumped up the speed at which they are opening restaurants.

They have debt $5 million in debt and $5.3 million in cash. I prefer young concepts to have zero debt. It proves they can grow via cash flow. So far they have generated negative cash flow. They went public July 24, 2012 – it closed the day at $15.06.

They do have a few signature sauces which might be interesting.

We don't want to be Chili's," Chuy's CEO Steve Hislop told the Austin American-Statesman. "We don't want to be [TGI] Friday's. We don't want to be one of the restaurants that look the same. I don't want to be thought of as a growth company or a chain."

Well I actually want to think of you as a growth stock that is why I am investing in the concept. So I am hoping he meant he doesn’t what Chuy’s to become mundane or ordinary. Their sales are growing well, but my confidence would get a boost if cash flow went positive. Their cash flow isn’t too much in the red.

Last week I purchased a few shares to get some skin in the game. They said they don’t want to be like Chili’s, but Chile’s opened in 1975 has 1400 restaurants, so I would like them to be something like Chili’s. hehehe

Short track record – so it bears some monitoring.

February 25, 2013 4Q:2012 earnings’ highlights:
** Revenue was $46.7 million up 46.7% from $33.3 million
** Fiscal 2012 revenue was $172.64 million up from $130.583 million
** TTM revenue per share was $10.31
** 4Q earnings were $0.05 up from $0.00
** Fiscal 2012 earnings were $0.37 up from $0.20
** Diluted share count 16.737 million up from 10.869 million
** Same store sales were up 5.2% or 3% excluding impact of the extra 1.5 operating days in 2012 because of the timing of the Christmas holiday.
** Opened one new restaurant in the fourth quarter: total 40 restaurants.
** Cash $5.855 million: debt $5 million
** Cash flow for the year negative ($2.31 million)
** Trading range from February 25, 2013 and May 6, 2013 was $25.62 to $34.98: PE ratio range was 69.24 to 94.54: PS ratio range was 2.49 to 3.39: Cash flow range NA

May 6, 2013 1Q:2013 earnings’ highlights:
** Revenue was $46.698 million up 24.6% from $37.476 million
** TTM revenue was $181.86 million or $10.97 per share
** Earnings were $0.16 up from $0.01
** TTM earnings were $0.52 per share
** Diluted share count 16.577 million
** Cash $3.096 million: debt $5 million
** Cash flow for the quarter was negative ($3.573 million) up from negative ($3.61 million)
** TTM cash flow was negative ($2.273 million)
** Trading range between May 6, 2013 and the present May 28, 2013 was $29.28 to $35.63: PE ratio range was 56.3 to 68.52: PS ratio range was 2.67 to 3.25


Member Avatar TMFserjing (60.85) Submitted: 5/28/2013 11:06:08 AM : Outperform Start Price: $34.50 CHUY Score: -29.23

Because TMF1000 says so!

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