El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) CFO Laurance Roberts sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.00, for a total transaction of $180,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 107,401 shares in the company, valued at $1,933,218. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Laurance Roberts also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Thursday, June 11th, Laurance Roberts sold 13,600 shares of El Pollo LoCo stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.60, for a total transaction of $198,560.00.

Shares of NASDAQ:LOCO opened at $19.76 on Friday. El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc has a 52 week low of $6.15 and a 52 week high of $19.83. The company’s 50 day moving average is $15.03 and its two-hundred day moving average is $13.11. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34. The company has a market cap of $693.58 million, a PE ratio of 36.59 and a beta of 1.66.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 30th. The restaurant operator reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.15. El Pollo LoCo had a net margin of 4.48% and a return on equity of 10.57%. The company had revenue of $99.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $96.64 million. As a group, equities research analysts expect that El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc will post 0.45 EPS for the current year.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in LOCO. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 10.1% in the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 8,259 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $70,000 after purchasing an additional 759 shares during the last quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 22.8% in the 1st quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 12,504 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 2,318 shares in the last quarter. Deutsche Bank AG boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 108.7% in the 1st quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 13,677 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 7,123 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 5.3% in the 1st quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 16,372 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $138,000 after buying an additional 818 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Texas Permanent School Fund boosted its holdings in shares of El Pollo LoCo by 24.1% in the 1st quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 16,584 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 3,222 shares in the last quarter. 93.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on LOCO. BidaskClub raised shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 28th. William Blair reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a research note on Monday, July 20th. CL King began coverage on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a research note on Monday, April 20th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 23rd. Finally, SunTrust Banks upped their target price on shares of El Pollo LoCo from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $15.67.

About El Pollo LoCo

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 offers citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken, and handcrafted entrée products, including specialty chicken burritos, chicken quesadillas, and chicken tortilla soup, as well as under 500 calorie entrees, and Pollo Bowl and Pollo salad products.

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