El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) – Research analysts at SunTrust Banks lowered their FY2017 earnings estimates for shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report released on Thursday. SunTrust Banks analyst J. Bartlett now anticipates that the restaurant operator will post earnings per share of $0.62 for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.67. SunTrust Banks has a “Hold” rating and a $12.00 price objective on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings’ Q4 2017 earnings at $0.10 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.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.71 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a net margin of 2.27% and a return on equity of 9.14%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.18 EPS.

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Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. Robert W. Baird cut their price objective on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. BidaskClub cut El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, August 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.00.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ LOCO) opened at $9.80 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $378.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.32 and a quick ratio of 0.29. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 12-month low of $9.75 and a 12-month high of $14.85.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted 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 worth $22,104,000 after purchasing an additional 111,692 shares during the last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. lifted 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 worth $309,000 after purchasing an additional 7,971 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley lifted 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 worth $3,537,000 after purchasing an additional 63,290 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL lifted 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 worth $1,304,000 after purchasing an additional 2,736 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans lifted 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 worth $145,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.79% of the company’s stock.

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO)

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