Bessemer Group Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 45,600 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock, valued at approximately $692,000. Bessemer Group Inc. owned approximately 0.12% of El Pollo LoCo at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of LOCO. WINTON GROUP Ltd acquired a new position in El Pollo LoCo in the 4th quarter valued at about $4,303,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 13.7% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,943,308 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $24,388,000 after purchasing an additional 233,814 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 10.8% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 2,211,472 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $27,754,000 after purchasing an additional 215,980 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 10.8% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,211,472 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $27,754,000 after purchasing an additional 215,980 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Royce & Associates LP boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 22.6% in the 3rd quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 921,958 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $11,571,000 after purchasing an additional 170,000 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 86.73% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:LOCO opened at $12.85 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.27, a quick ratio of 0.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28. The stock has a market capitalization of $502.01 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.36, a PEG ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 0.34. El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc has a 1-year low of $9.20 and a 1-year high of $18.47.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 7th. The restaurant operator reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.02. El Pollo LoCo had a negative net margin of 2.06% and a positive return on equity of 10.47%. The firm had revenue of $106.26 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $104.59 million. Equities analysts expect that El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc will post 0.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on LOCO shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 24th. TheStreet lowered shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Friday, March 8th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, March 9th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.25.

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El Pollo LoCo Profile

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiary El Pollo Loco, Inc, develops, franchises, licenses, and operates quick-service restaurants under the El Pollo Loco name. The company specializes in offering flame-grilled chicken. As of February 18, 2019, it had approximately 480 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana.

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