Jefferies Group reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) in a research note published on Monday morning. The brokerage currently has a $16.00 target price on the stock.

LOCO has been the subject of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, September 1st. Morgan Stanley reissued a hold rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Friday, August 5th. Robert W. Baird reissued a neutral rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Monday, August 8th. Vetr downgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $12.74 target price for the company. in a report on Monday, July 11th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus downgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. El Pollo Loco Holdings presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $15.53.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) opened at 13.66 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $524.80 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.15 and a beta of 0.20. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.57 and its 200-day moving average is $12.96. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a one year low of $9.58 and a one year high of $15.44.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.01. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a net margin of 6.20% and a return on equity of 11.01%. The firm earned $97.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $96.66 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.19 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post $0.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC increased its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.0% in the second quarter. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC now owns 8,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 33.5% in the second quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 10,315 shares of the company’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 2,590 shares during the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY acquired a new position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings during the first quarter valued at approximately $145,000. American International Group Inc. increased its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.4% in the second quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 11,675 shares of the company’s stock valued at $152,000 after buying an additional 496 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 49.3% in the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 12,985 shares of the company’s stock valued at $169,000 after buying an additional 4,286 shares during the last quarter. 73.49% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

El Pollo Loco Holdings Company Profile

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc is a restaurant concept that offers fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken. The Company operates in the limited service restaurant segment. The Company’s activities are conducted through its subsidiary, El Pollo Loco, Inc (EPL), which develops, franchises, licenses and operates quick-service restaurants under the name El Pollo Loco.

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