El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) CFO Laurance Roberts sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.00, for a total value of $180,000.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 107,401 shares in the company, valued at $1,933,218. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Laurance Roberts also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Thursday, June 11th, Laurance Roberts sold 13,600 shares of El Pollo LoCo stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.60, for a total value of $198,560.00.

LOCO opened at $19.76 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $603.78 million, a P/E ratio of 23.24 and a beta of 1.66. El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc has a 12 month low of $6.15 and a 12 month high of $19.83. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $15.03 and a 200 day moving average of $13.11.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 30th. The restaurant operator reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.15. The company had revenue of $99.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $96.64 million. El Pollo LoCo had a return on equity of 10.57% and a net margin of 4.48%. On average, research analysts forecast that El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc will post 0.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub raised El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. William Blair reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a report on Monday, July 20th. CL King assumed coverage on El Pollo LoCo in a report on Monday, April 20th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. SunTrust Banks lifted their target price on El Pollo LoCo from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 23rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. El Pollo LoCo presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $15.67.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. grew its position in El Pollo LoCo by 36.8% in the fourth quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 104,503 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,582,000 after acquiring an additional 28,138 shares in the last quarter. Alberta Investment Management Corp purchased a new position in El Pollo LoCo in the first quarter worth about $177,000. Deutsche Bank AG grew its position in El Pollo LoCo by 108.7% in the first quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 13,677 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $116,000 after acquiring an additional 7,123 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP purchased a new position in El Pollo LoCo in the first quarter worth about $405,000. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its position in El Pollo LoCo by 10.1% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 8,259 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $70,000 after acquiring an additional 759 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.98% of the company’s stock.

About El Pollo LoCo

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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