El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) PT Lowered to $12.00 at Robert W. Baird

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) had its target price decreased by equities research analysts at Robert W. Baird from $15.00 to $12.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday, November 3rd. The firm currently has a “neutral” rating on the restaurant operator’s stock. Robert W. Baird’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 18.81% from the company’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on LOCO. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub lowered shares of 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 shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, August 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $13.00.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ LOCO) remained flat at $$10.10 during trading on Friday. The stock had a trading volume of 279,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 298,328. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a fifty-two week low of $9.55 and a fifty-two week high of $14.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.31 and a current ratio of 0.35. The firm has a market capitalization of $390.38, a PE ratio of 15.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 0.35.

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

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of LOCO. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.4% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,849,656 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $22,104,000 after acquiring an additional 111,692 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 33.5% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 702,559 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $8,536,000 after acquiring an additional 176,213 shares during the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP acquired a new position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings during the 3rd quarter valued at about $7,008,000. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 436,807 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $6,052,000 after acquiring an additional 19,343 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 27.2% during the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 296,048 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $3,537,000 after acquiring an additional 63,290 shares during the last quarter. 76.78% of the stock is 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.

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