Shares of El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the nine research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, three have given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.67.

A number of research firms have commented on LOCO. Robert W. Baird lifted their price objective on shares of El Pollo LoCo from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, Guggenheim lifted their price objective on shares of El Pollo LoCo from $14.00 to $17.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 3rd.

NASDAQ LOCO traded up $0.47 during trading on Friday, reaching $15.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 373,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 344,247. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 0.38 and a current ratio of 0.42. The firm has a market cap of $576.63 million, a PE ratio of 24.05, a P/E/G ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.35. El Pollo LoCo has a twelve month low of $9.05 and a twelve month high of $16.95.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 1st. The restaurant operator reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $112.18 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $109.54 million. El Pollo LoCo had a net margin of 3.38% and a return on equity of 9.77%. El Pollo LoCo’s quarterly revenue was up 10.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.15 earnings per share. Research analysts predict that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.72 earnings per share for the current year.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of LOCO. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 23.1% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,709,494 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $19,488,000 after acquiring an additional 321,168 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 63.7% in the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 751,958 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $8,572,000 after acquiring an additional 292,700 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 10.8% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,211,472 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $27,754,000 after acquiring an additional 215,980 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 5.8% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,247,496 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $37,023,000 after acquiring an additional 179,321 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 206.7% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 120,636 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,514,000 after acquiring an additional 81,298 shares in the last quarter. 84.83% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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 specializes in offering flame-grilled chicken. As of October 15, 2018, it had approximately 480 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana.

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