Jefferies Group restated their buy rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning. They currently have a $16.00 target price on the stock.

Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 13th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a neutral rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. Morgan Stanley reiterated a hold rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 26th. Finally, Vetr downgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $12.74 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, July 11th. 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. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $15.53.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) opened at 13.66 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $524.80 million, a P/E ratio of 23.15 and a beta of 0.20. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $13.57 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.96. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52 week low of $9.58 and a 52 week high of $15.44.

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

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LOCO. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 28.4% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 58,904 shares of the company’s stock valued at $766,000 after buying an additional 13,024 shares during the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY boosted its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 47.3% in the second quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 16,017 shares of the company’s stock valued at $208,000 after buying an additional 5,145 shares during the last quarter. Weiss Multi Strategy Advisers LLC acquired a new stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings during the second quarter valued at $876,000. Landscape Capital Management L.L.C. acquired a new stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings during the second quarter valued at $185,000. Finally, SG Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings during the second quarter valued at $10,089,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.49% of the company’s stock.

About El Pollo Loco Holdings

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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