El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ: LOCO) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare El Pollo Loco Holdings to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for El Pollo Loco Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
El Pollo Loco Holdings 0 4 1 0 2.20
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors 375 1731 2199 82 2.45

El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 16.53%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 11.34%. Given El Pollo Loco Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe El Pollo Loco Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

El Pollo Loco Holdings has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, El Pollo Loco Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares El Pollo Loco Holdings and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
El Pollo Loco Holdings $393.64 million $62.17 million 26.74
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors $2.04 billion $349.09 million -3.80

El Pollo Loco Holdings’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than El Pollo Loco Holdings. El Pollo Loco Holdings is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares El Pollo Loco Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
El Pollo Loco Holdings 4.66% 9.56% 5.52%
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors 1.75% 12.51% 1.76%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.2% of El Pollo Loco Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by institutional investors. 45.9% of El Pollo Loco Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

El Pollo Loco Holdings competitors beat El Pollo Loco Holdings on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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. Every day in every restaurant, the Company marinates and fire-grills its chicken over open flames, and hand-slices whole tomatoes, avocados, serrano peppers and cilantro to make its salsas, guacamole and cilantro dressings from scratch. The Company also offers burritos, salads, tostadas, bowls, stuffed quesadillas and chicken entrees. The Company’s entrees include Chicken Avocado Burrito, Under 500 Calorie entrees, Ultimate Pollo Bowl, and Stuffed Chicken Avocado Quesadilla. As of December 28, 2016, the Company had 460 restaurants, consisting of 201 Company-operated and 259 franchised restaurants. The Company also offers additional proteins, such as shrimp, carnitas and beef.

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