El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) Receiving Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) have trended somewhat negative on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo LoCo earned a daily sentiment score of -0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.0919221043931 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 price target on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered their price target on shares of El Pollo LoCo from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. El Pollo LoCo has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $13.00.

Shares of El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) opened at $10.30 on Friday. El Pollo LoCo has a 1 year low of $9.55 and a 1 year 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 company has a market cap of $401.99, a P/E ratio of 46.82, a PEG ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.30.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last issued its quarterly earnings results 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 had a return on equity of 9.14% and a net margin of 2.27%. The business had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $103.71 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.18 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

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About El Pollo LoCo

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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