Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) by 95.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 427,955 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after buying an additional 208,537 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 1.11% of El Pollo Loco Holdings worth $5,114,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of LOCO. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 6.4% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,849,656 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $22,104,000 after buying an additional 111,692 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 2.1% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 272,776 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $3,260,000 after buying an additional 5,587 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 4.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 195,316 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $2,334,000 after buying an additional 7,982 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 3.5% in the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 163,532 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,954,000 after buying an additional 5,527 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oxford Asset Management bought a new stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings during the first quarter worth about $1,547,000. 77.00% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) traded up 0.87% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $11.60. The stock had a trading volume of 165,487 shares. The company has a market cap of $448.35 million, a P/E ratio of 25.22 and a beta of 0.31. El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. has a one year low of $10.08 and a one year high of $14.85. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $12.64 and a 200-day moving average of $12.82.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.01. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.56% and a net margin of 4.66%. The business had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $105.83 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.19 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. will post $0.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on LOCO shares. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.75.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO)

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