Equities research analysts forecast that El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) will report earnings per share (EPS) of $0.18 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Four analysts have provided estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.18 and the highest is $0.19. El Pollo Loco Holdings also posted earnings per share of $0.18 during the same quarter last year. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings report after the market closes on Thursday, November 2nd.

On average, analysts expect that El Pollo Loco Holdings will report full-year earnings of $0.66 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.65 to $0.67. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $0.71 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.69 to $0.73. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover El Pollo Loco Holdings.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.01. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.56% and a net margin of 4.66%. The business had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.83 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.19 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on LOCO shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 7th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.00.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Arizona State Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund boosted its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 2.5% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 18,582 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $258,000 after buying an additional 462 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.82% of the company’s stock.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) opened at 11.70 on Monday. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52-week low of $10.08 and a 52-week high of $14.85. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $11.81 and a 200 day moving average price of $12.71. The stock has a market cap of $452.22 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.43 and a beta of 0.36.

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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.

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