El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have given a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.00.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on LOCO shares. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of El Pollo Loco from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Robert W. Baird decreased their target price on shares of El Pollo Loco from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $12.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco in a research note on Friday, November 3rd.

El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ LOCO) opened at $10.20 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. El Pollo Loco has a 12 month low of $9.55 and a 12 month high of $14.85. The firm has a market cap of $398.13, a P/E ratio of 16.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 0.31.

El Pollo Loco (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 Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). El Pollo Loco had a return on equity of 9.14% and a net margin of 2.27%. The business had revenue of $101.16 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $103.71 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.18 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that El Pollo Loco will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Garner Asset Management Corp purchased a new stake in shares of El Pollo Loco during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $145,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of El Pollo Loco by 103.0% during the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 11,188 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $136,000 after buying an additional 5,678 shares during the period. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC purchased a new stake in shares of El Pollo Loco during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $157,000. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans raised its position in shares of El Pollo Loco by 6.5% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,940 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $179,000 after buying an additional 790 shares during the period. Finally, Texas Permanent School Fund raised its position in shares of El Pollo Loco by 0.8% during the 2nd 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. 78.14% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About El Pollo Loco

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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