El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) – Equities research analysts at William Blair lowered their Q3 2017 earnings per share estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. William Blair analyst S. Zackfia now forecasts that the restaurant operator will earn $0.16 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.18.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $105.83 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.51% and a net margin of 4.61%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.19 EPS.

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LOCO has been the subject of several other research reports. Robert W. Baird increased their price target on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, June 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub cut El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. TheStreet raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Thursday, April 20th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $15.25.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) opened at 12.10 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $465.45 million, a P/E ratio of 26.89 and a beta of 0.31. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.69 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.89. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52-week low of $10.08 and a 52-week high of $14.85.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of LOCO. Arizona State Retirement System boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 0.9% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 11,200 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Texas Permanent School Fund boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 0.8% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 15,708 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $218,000 after buying an additional 130 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 0.6% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 69,818 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $967,000 after buying an additional 437 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.3% in the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,150 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $145,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the period. Finally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 11,650 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $143,000 after buying an additional 660 shares during the period. 77.43% of the stock is owned by 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.

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

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