SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) in a research report sent to investors on Friday. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $12.00 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings’ Q4 2017 earnings at $0.10 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $0.62 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $0.15 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.16 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.11 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $0.64 EPS.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on LOCO. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a sell rating to a buy rating and set a $14.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a buy rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. BidaskClub cut shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an equal weight rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. El Pollo Loco Holdings presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $13.00.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) opened at $9.80 on Friday. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52-week low of $9.75 and a 52-week high of $14.85. The stock has a market cap of $378.79, a PE ratio of 15.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a current ratio of 0.32 and a quick ratio of 0.29.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by ($0.03). El Pollo Loco Holdings had a net margin of 2.27% and a return on equity of 9.17%. The firm had revenue of $101.16 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $103.71 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.18 EPS. El Pollo Loco Holdings’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post 0.61 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.4% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,849,656 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $22,104,000 after purchasing an additional 111,692 shares in the last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 44.6% during the 1st quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 25,828 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $309,000 after purchasing an additional 7,971 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 27.2% during the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 296,048 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $3,537,000 after purchasing an additional 63,290 shares in the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 3.0% during the 2nd quarter. Blair William & Co. IL now owns 94,135 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,304,000 after purchasing an additional 2,736 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.3% during the 1st quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,150 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $145,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares in the last quarter. 76.82% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

El Pollo Loco Holdings Company Profile

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc specializes in fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken and operates in the limited service restaurant (LSR) segment. The Company’s menu features its signature product, citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken, and a range of Mexican-inspired entrees that it creates from chicken.

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