El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) – Stock analysts at William Blair dropped their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report issued on Thursday. William Blair analyst S. Zackfia now expects that the restaurant operator will post earnings of $0.13 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.14.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.01. The company 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 9.56% and a net margin of 4.66%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.19 EPS. COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO) to Post Q4 2017 Earnings of $0.13 Per Share, William Blair Forecasts” was posted by American Banking News and is owned by of American Banking News. If you are accessing this piece of content on another publication, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of US and international trademark and copyright laws. The legal version of this piece of content can be viewed at https://www.americanbankingnews.com/2017/10/23/el-pollo-loco-holdings-inc-loco-to-post-q4-2017-earnings-of-0-13-per-share-william-blair-forecasts.html.

LOCO has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target 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. 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. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.25.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ LOCO) opened at 11.80 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $456.08 million, a PE ratio of 25.65 and a beta of 0.36. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $11.79 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.73. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 12-month low of $10.08 and a 12-month high of $14.85.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in LOCO. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its holdings in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 2.1% during the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 272,776 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $3,260,000 after acquiring an additional 5,587 shares during the last quarter. Comerica Bank raised its holdings in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.0% during the first quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 23,718 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $302,000 after acquiring an additional 916 shares during the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its holdings in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.6% during the first quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 111,930 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,337,000 after acquiring an additional 4,895 shares during the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its holdings in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 17.8% during the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 20,022 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $239,000 after acquiring an additional 3,022 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Arizona State Retirement System raised its holdings in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 0.9% during the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 11,200 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $134,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. 77.16% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About El Pollo Loco Holdings

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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