Shares of El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seven analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have given a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.00.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on LOCO. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Robert W. Baird lowered their target price on El Pollo LoCo from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 23rd.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in LOCO. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in 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 worth $136,000 after purchasing an additional 5,678 shares during the last quarter. Garner Asset Management Corp bought a new position in shares of El Pollo LoCo in the 2nd quarter worth about $145,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC bought a new position in shares of El Pollo LoCo in the 2nd quarter worth about $157,000. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans raised its position in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 6.5% in the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,940 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $179,000 after acquiring an additional 790 shares in the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its position in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 849.2% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 17,048 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $206,000 after acquiring an additional 15,252 shares in the last quarter. 78.11% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) traded down $0.10 on Wednesday, hitting $10.30. The stock had a trading volume of 525,253 shares, compared to its average volume of 328,214. The company has a market cap of $398.11, a PE ratio of 44.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.31. 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 one year low of $9.55 and a one year high of $14.85.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.71 million. El Pollo LoCo had a return on equity of 9.14% and a net margin of 2.27%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.18 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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El Pollo LoCo 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.

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