El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group lowered their Q3 2017 earnings per share estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report issued on Friday. Jefferies Group analyst A. Barish now anticipates that the restaurant operator will post earnings of $0.18 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.20. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings’ Q4 2017 earnings at $0.12 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $0.17 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.21 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.19 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.13 EPS.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. TheStreet raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 20th. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, June 9th. BidaskClub cut El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut 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 research report on Monday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.00.

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Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) opened at 12.00 on Monday. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52 week low of $10.08 and a 52 week high of $14.85. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $12.89. The company has a market cap of $461.60 million, a PE ratio of 26.67 and a beta of 0.31.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.01. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 8.15% and a net margin of 4.66%. The company had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.83 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.19 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 18.4% in the first quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 16,110 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $193,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL boosted its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 344.4% in the first quarter. Blair William & Co. IL now owns 91,399 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,142,000 after buying an additional 70,830 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System boosted its position 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 during the last quarter. Oxford Asset Management bought a new position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings during the first quarter valued at about $1,547,000. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 17.8% in the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 20,022 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $239,000 after buying an additional 3,022 shares during the last quarter. 77.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

El Pollo Loco Holdings Company Profile

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO)

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