El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) earnings: expect 3% revenue growth

3:33 pm ET, 01 May 2019

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO) is announcing earnings on May 02, after the market closes. Wondering what revenue and earnings will look like?

What should you expect from the upcoming earnings?

Revenue for the next quarter is expected to be $109M, which implies 3% growth rate year-over-year.

Earnings per share are expected to come in at $0.16. If this materializes, EPS will decline -6% year-over-year.

How did the stock do last month?

Over the last month, El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO) returned -1.48%.

How is the stock valued?

El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) forward P/E ratio is 15.37, and it’s low compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios.

What do analysts say about the stock?

El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) average analyst price target is 34.98% above its current price ($12.78).

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El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO) Stock Guide

Updated at: 4:25 am ET, 18 Sep 2020

Before we start: if you're looking for LOCO stock price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "LOCO quote". If you're looking for a quick scoop on LOCO stock (chart, price target, market cap, news and buy or sell analysis), go to Finny and look for "LOCO". You'll get all this info in one place. Or you can just type "LOCO news" to get the latest stock news.

Looking to buy or sell El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO)? Interested in getting the full scoop on LOCO, including earnings and dividends, stock forecast, buy or sell analysis and key stats? If so, you came to the right place.

In this LOCO stock guide, we'll address key questions about LOCO, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Earnings and Dividends: earnings, earnings date, dividend rate and dividend yield;
Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What are LOCO earnings?
2. What is LOCO stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
3. LOCO buy or sell? What is LOCO Finny Score?
4. What are the reasons to buy LOCO? Why should I buy LOCO stock?
5. What are the reasons to sell LOCO? Why should I sell LOCO stock?
6. What are LOCO key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Earnings and Dividends

1. What are LOCO earnings?

LOCO trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) is $0.54.

Analyst Predictions

2. What is LOCO stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on LOCO analyst price targets, LOCO stock forecast is $20.00 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for LOCO stock is $20.00. The prediction is based on 6 analyst estimates.

The low price target for LOCO is $17.00, while the high price target is $22.00.

LOCO analyst rating is Buy.

Analysis

3. LOCO buy or sell? What is LOCO Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:50}Our quantitative analysis shows 5 reasons to buy and 5 reasons to sell LOCO, resulting in Finny Score of 50.

4. What are the reasons to buy LOCO? Why should I buy LOCO stock?

Here are the reasons to buy LOCO stock:

  • LOCO forward P/E ratio is 22.06, which is low compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios. See LOCO forward P/E ratio chart.
  • LOCO PEG ratio (P/E adjusted for growth) is 1.55, which is low compared to its industry peers’ PEG ratios. See LOCO PEG chart.
  • LOCO average analyst rating is Buy. See LOCO analyst rating chart.
  • LOCO average analyst price target ($20.00) is above its current price ($15.84). See LOCO price target chart.
  • LOCO cash to debt ratio is 0.17, higher than the average industry (0.12) and sector (0.13) cash to debt ratio. See LOCO cash to debt chart.

5. What are the reasons to sell LOCO? Why should I sell LOCO stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell LOCO stock (i.e., the bear case):

  • LOCO quarterly revenue growth was -12.40%, lower than the industry and sector average revenue growth (1.25% and 0.78%, respectively). See LOCO revenue growth chart.
  • LOCO profitability is declining. The YoY profit margin change was -2.68 percentage points. See LOCO profitability chart.
  • LOCO Price/Sales ratio is 1.53, which is high compared to its industry peers’ P/S ratios. See LOCO forward Price/Sales ratio chart.
  • LOCO short share of float is 19.19%. The stock is much more frequently shorted than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See LOCO short share of float chart.
  • LOCO short interest (days to cover the shorts) ratio is 8.74. The stock garners more short interest than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See LOCO short interest ratio chart.

Key Stats

6. What are LOCO key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for LOCO:

Metrics LOCO
Price $15.40
Average Price Target / Upside $20.00 / 29.87%
Average Analyst Rating Buy
Forward Dividend Yield 0.00%
Industry Restaurants
Sector Consumer Cyclical
Number of Employees 5,573
Market Cap $649.83M
Forward P/E Ratio 22.06
Price/Book Ratio 1.53
Revenue (TTM) $424.38M
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth -12.40%
Profit Margin 4.48%

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