El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) Receives $15.33 Consensus Price Target from Analysts

El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $15.67.

LOCO has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on shares of El Pollo LoCo to $14.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 16th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, Guggenheim set a $15.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo LoCo and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st.

Shares of El Pollo LoCo stock traded down $0.18 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $15.98. 306,361 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 463,962. The company has a 50 day moving average of $14.06 and a two-hundred day moving average of $11.55. El Pollo LoCo has a fifty-two week low of $9.60 and a fifty-two week high of $18.47. The company has a current ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. The stock has a market cap of $557.03 million, a P/E ratio of 21.59, a P/E/G ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 0.78.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 31st. The restaurant operator reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.02. El Pollo LoCo had a negative net margin of 0.46% and a positive return on equity of 10.85%. The company had revenue of $112.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $110.21 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.19 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, analysts expect that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. United Services Automobile Association lifted its stake in El Pollo LoCo by 12.4% in the 2nd quarter. United Services Automobile Association now owns 11,566 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $123,000 after purchasing an additional 1,276 shares during the last quarter. 6 Meridian raised its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 30,446 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $325,000 after acquiring an additional 1,458 shares during the period. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 130,275 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,389,000 after acquiring an additional 1,789 shares during the period. Hancock Whitney Corp raised its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 16.5% in the 3rd quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 14,761 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $162,000 after acquiring an additional 2,090 shares during the period. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers raised its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 3.8% in the 3rd quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 68,238 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $748,000 after acquiring an additional 2,513 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 98.86% of the company’s stock.

El Pollo LoCo Company Profile

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiary El Pollo Loco, Inc, develops, franchises, licenses, and operates quick-service restaurants under the El Pollo Loco name. The company offers citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken, and handcrafted entrée products, including specialty chicken burritos, chicken quesadillas, and chicken tortilla soup, as well as under 500 calorie entrees, and Pollo Bowl and Pollo salad products.

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