El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by SunTrust Banks, Inc. in a note issued to investors on Friday. They currently have a $12.00 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock. SunTrust Banks, Inc.’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 22.45% from the stock’s current price. 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 equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. Robert W. Baird dropped their target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley dropped their target price 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 note on Monday, August 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $13.00.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) opened at $9.80 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $434.83 million, a P/E ratio of 17.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.13 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a current ratio of 0.32, a quick ratio of 0.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $101.16 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.71 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.17% and a net margin of 2.27%. El Pollo Loco Holdings’s revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.18 earnings per share. analysts expect that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post 0.66 earnings per share for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.4% during the first 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 first 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 first 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 second 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 first 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. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.82% of the company’s stock.

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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