LOCO - El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
10.78
-0.22 (-2.00%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close11.00
Open10.95
Bid0.00 x 4000
Ask11.35 x 2900
Day's Range10.71 - 11.17
52 Week Range10.02 - 18.47
Volume588,862
Avg. Volume423,895
Market Cap414.31M
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.55
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.28
Earnings DateJul 31, 2019 - Aug 5, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est15.50
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  • El Pollo Loco CEO on impact of Trump's tariff threats on Mexican goods
    Yahoo Finance Video13 days ago

    El Pollo Loco CEO on impact of Trump's tariff threats on Mexican goods

    Yahoo Finance's Julie Hyman, Rick Newman, and Sibile Marcellus join El Pollo Loco CEO Bernard Acoca.

  • El Pollo Loco CEO on Trump-Mexico deal: 'We’re breathing a sigh of relief'
    Yahoo Finance13 days ago

    El Pollo Loco CEO on Trump-Mexico deal: 'We’re breathing a sigh of relief'

    El Pollo Loco CEO joins Yahoo Finance to discuss President Trump's latest threat of tariffs against Mexico.

  • 3 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy
    InvestorPlace20 days ago

    3 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy

    Some investors focus on buying stocks whose per-share prices are under $10 or under $5. But when considering stocks to buy, the per-share prices don't fully reflect the actual value that the market is giving companies.In other words, a stock trading at $5 per share could have a total market capitalization of $2 billion, indicating that investors think the company is worth $2 billion. But a stock that's trading at $15 per share could have a market cap of $300 million, meaning that it's actually being valued way below the $5 stock.For that reason, when I'm looking for cheap stocks to buy, I tend to focus on market cap more than per-share price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge Here are three small-cap stocks with exceptionally strong growth prospects. I believe that the market is meaningfully undervaluing these names, making them excellent stocks to buy. Small-Cap Stocks to Buy: JinkoSolar (JKS)Source: Shutterstock It's hard to believe that the world's top seller of solar panels has a market cap of under $1 billion, but it's true. According to the market, JinkoSolar (NASDAQ:JKS) stock is worth less than $1 billion, even though solar energy is rapidly growing around the world, and despite the fact that it reported that its solar cells in January reached record high efficiency levels, while it has won multiple awards due to the high quality of its modules. Additionally, JKS has signed a huge module supply deal with one of the largest utilities in the world, America's NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). NEE is extremely gung-ho on solar energy.I think it's pretty unusual for a company with a market cap of less than $1 billion to sign a huge deal with a company that's valued at nearly $100 billion (NEE's market cap is $95 billion). Just the NEE deal alone, in combination with the tiny market cap of JKS stock, makes JKS stock a great small-cap stock to buy.Moreover, by most measures, the valuation of JKS stock is ridiculously low. Its forward price-earnings ratio, based on analysts' average 2019 earnings per share estimate, is less than ten, and its price-sales ratio is a tiny 0.1.Those who are bearish on JKS stock tend to hang their hats on two issues: the slowdown of solar growth in Jinko's home market of China and the company's lack of free cash flow. But after dragging its feet on solar-energy policy for a year, Beijing approved almost 15 gigawatts of solar projects, and Reuters recently reported that the country's government will allocate $435 million of subsidies to the sector. Research firm Roth Capital has estimated that the country could install 30 gigawatts of solar energy in the second half of this year, versus 44 gigawatts in all of 2018.If that forecast is even close to accurate, JKS stock will definitely rally going forward.As for the free cash flow issue, the company's free cash flow has been weighed down by the construction of its Florida factory, completed this year. That factory will enable JKS to sell modules to Next Era Energy, and hopefully other major U.S. utilities, without paying tariffs on them. The company also plans to spend $400 million-$450 million to increase its production of premium solar panels in order to meet higher demand for them. JKS' gross margins on those panels are much higher than on the less efficient modules.Clearly, the investments that JKS has made in its Florida factory and in expanding its premium module capacity will be highly profitable for it over the medium-term and the long-term. In the medium-term, the company's deal with Next Era, greatly increased demand for solar energy around the world, and higher gross margins from its premium panels will cause its FCF to turn positive, boosting JKS stock. American SuperconductorSource: Marco Verch via Trending Topics under Creative CommonsAmerican Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) is another company with a small-cap stock (it has a market cap of less than $225 million) and world-class technology and customers. AMSC has sold its Wind Turbine electrical control systems to Inox Wind , which says that it is India's leading wind-energy company and has manufacturing capacity of 1,600 megawatts and three plants. AMSC has won two orders from the U.S. Navy for its highly energy-efficient degaussing system which protects vessels from mines "while reducing the weight of the degaussing system by 90% and reducing energy consumption by more than half that of legacy degaussing systems," AMSC stated.And in a project partially funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, AMSC in October 2018 announced that Illinois electric utility ComEd would use its high-temperature superconductor technology to strengthen Chicago's electric grid.Finally, in March and April. AMSC announced a total of $20 million in orders for its D-VAR STATCOM system, which regulate the supply of electricity based on demand and help connect wind power plants to the grid. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault Going forward, AMSC stock should benefit from the Navy's plan to add 25 new ships by 2024 and its efforts to shift to all-electric ships. Also likely to help American Superconductor is the growth of wind power around the world. AMSC's prestigious list of customers indicates that its technology is strong, and the company should benefit from its apparently close relationship with the U.S. government. All of these attributes, along with the very low market cap of AMSC stock, make it an excellent small-cap stock to buy. El Pollo LocoSource: Shutterstock El Pollo Loco(NASDAQ:LOCO), a fast-food chain that specializes in Mexican-style grilled chicken, has an opportunity to grab a great niche and benefit from several strong trends. The market cap of LOCO stock is around $400 million.Many, if not most, Kentucky Fried Chicken stores no longer sell grilled chicken, and most smaller restaurants and chains seem to specialize in fried chicken (think Church's and Popeye's). Among chains, only Chick-Fil-A and Boston Market specialize in healthier grilled and/or roasted chicken that's not part of a sandwich, taco or burrito. Boston Market is on the expensive side for fast food, and neither restaurant specializes in highly popular, Mexican-style fare.El Pollo Loco's chicken appears to be healthy, is definitely quite tasty (I've eaten there multiple times) and is rather affordable. In addition to Mexican-style chicken, it offers Mexican-style side dishes, such as beans, guacamole and pico de gallo. So El Pollo Loco can fill the apparently otherwise-unoccupied niche of a restaurant that specializes in affordable, Mexican-style, healthy, chicken that's not served in a sandwich, taco, or burrito.The company's sales have risen meaningfully every year, and its gross income has also been on an upward trend, reaching $78.6 million last year. However, a large increase in its sales, general and administrative expenses hurt its profitability last year.The company's SG&A likely rose partly because it's looking to intensify its marketing efforts, in order to become more widely known in the U.S. That makes sense, since it only owns and franchises less than 500 restaurants in six states, with 80% of its restaurants located in California.In Q1, the company's EPS, excluding some items, came in at 15 cents, and its comparable restaurant sales increased 2.4% YoY. while its revenue climbed 3% YoY.LOCO said that its comp sales increase was driven by a 4.6% increase in the average check as it hiked its prices by 3%. However, the company indicated that its traffic fell amid bad weather in California.Importantly for LOCO stock, the company is taking action on several fronts in an effort to communicate its value proposition and increase its traffic. The company launched a new ad campaign in March, including intensified TV ads, and hired Brian Wallunas as its new VP, Digital Marketing. Wallunas previously was Coca-Cola's (NYSE:KO) Director of Marketing Technology, indicating that he is a tech marketing whiz who will be able to greatly improve the company's loyalty, digital and social media efforts.I believe that with these steps, El Pollo Loco will be able to communicate and widely disseminate its unique value proposition, thereby dramatically increasing its traffic and results and greatly boosting LOCO stock. Therefore, El Pollo Loco is a very good small-cap stock to buy.As of this writing, the author owned shares of JKS and AMSC. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth * Ranking the Top 10 Stock Buybacks of Last Year * 5 Stocks Under $10 With Big Upside Potential Compare Brokers The post 3 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • GlobeNewswire27 days ago

    El Pollo Loco to Participate in Upcoming June Investor Conferences

    COSTA MESA, Calif., May 28, 2019 -- El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain, today announced that the Company will participate.

  • Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (LOCO)
    Insider Monkey2 months ago

    Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (LOCO)

    Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds' portfolio positions as of December 31st, 2018. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO). El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) […]

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents2 months ago

    Edited Transcript of LOCO earnings conference call or presentation 2-May-19 8:30pm GMT

    Q1 2019 El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc Earnings Call

  • El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript
    Motley Fool2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

    LOCO earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

  • Why Titan International, Eldorado Gold, and El Pollo Loco Holdings Slumped Today
    Motley Fool2 months ago

    Why Titan International, Eldorado Gold, and El Pollo Loco Holdings Slumped Today

    These stocks took hits on earnings even as the market rose.

  • El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Misses Q1 Earnings and Revenue Estimates
    Zacks2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Misses Q1 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

    El Pollo Loco (LOCO) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -6.25% and -0.43%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?

  • Associated Press2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

    On a per-share basis, the Costa Mesa, California-based company said it had net income of 2 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 15 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall ...

  • Benzinga2 months ago

    7 Stocks Moving In Thursday's After-Hours Session

    View more earnings on MNST See more from Benzinga 6 Stocks To Watch Following Tiger Woods' Masters Comeback © 2019 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

  • GlobeNewswire2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

    COSTA MESA, Calif., May 02, 2019 -- El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) today announced financial results for the 13-week period ended March 27, 2019. Highlights for.

  • Benzinga2 months ago

    A Preview Of El Pollo Loco's Q1 Earnings

    On Thursday, May 2, El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ: LOCO ) will report its last quarter's earnings. Here is Benzinga's preview of the company's release. Earnings and Revenue Wall Street analysts see El ...

  • Earnings Preview: El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Q1 Earnings Expected to Decline
    Zacks2 months ago

    Earnings Preview: El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Q1 Earnings Expected to Decline

    El Pollo Loco (LOCO) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.

  • GlobeNewswire2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. to Announce First Quarter 2019 Results on May 2, 2019

    El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco”) (LOCO) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2019 financial results on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.  Hosting the call will be Bernard Acoca, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Larry Roberts, Chief Financial Officer.  A press release with first quarter 2019 financial results will be issued that same day, shortly after the market close. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company's corporate website at investor.elpolloloco.com under the “Events & Presentations” page.  An archive of the webcast will be available at the same location on the corporate website shortly after the call has concluded.

  • GlobeNewswire2 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Appoints Brian Wallunas to Newly Created Role of Vice President of Digital Marketing

    COSTA MESA, Calif., April 18, 2019 -- El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain, today.

  • 7 National Burrito Day Deals for April 4, 2019
    InvestorPlace3 months ago

    7 National Burrito Day Deals for April 4, 2019

    Today is National Burrito Day and that means there are loads of deals to keep an eye out for.Source: Shutterstock The following are some of the best National Burrito Day deals you can get your hands on today. * Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) -- Customers that want free delivery from Chipotle can get it today when they place an order for $10 or more of food. * El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO) -- The special offer available today lets customers buy one burrito and get the second one free, but they need a coupon first. * California Tortilla -- This deal is for members of the chain's rewards program and gets them credit for a free burrito or bowl if they purchase one today. * Jimboy's Tacos -- Anyone with one of these stores near them can grab burritos today for just $2.50 a piece. * Qdoba -- This isn't the best deal out there, but anyone ordering in store or through the mobile app today get triple rewards points. * Del Taco (NASDAQ:TACO) -- The deal here is that customers get a free half pound bean and cheese burrito with either green or red sauce when they spend at least $5. * Local Shops -- This one always varies, but it is definitely worth checking out the local Ma & Pa shops near where you live to see if they have any deals running. * 7 Biometric Stocks to Watch as AI Rises You can follow these links to see more National Burrito Day deals that are out there today.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Low-Priced Tech Stocks With Great Potential * 9 Stocks That Would Be Hurt By a Mexico/U.S. Border Closure * The Era of Car Ownership Is Over. And These 4 Charts Prove It As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post 7 National Burrito Day Deals for April 4, 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • GlobeNewswire3 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Honors Cesar Chavez Day with Company-Wide Community Service Initiative

    COSTA MESA, Calif., April 02, 2019 -- Yesterday El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO) brought together over 500 restaurant general managers, support.

  • GlobeNewswire3 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Names Miguel Lozano as New Chief Operating Officer

    COSTA MESA, Calif., March 26, 2019 -- El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the.

  • TheStreet.com3 months ago

    2 Well-Known Consumer Stocks You Should Consider Shorting This Week

    Using recent actions and grades from TheStreet's Quant Ratings and layering on technical analysis of the charts of those stocks, Trifecta Stocks identifies five names each Friday that look bearish. While we will not be weighing in with fundamental analysis we hope this piece will give investors interested in stocks on the way down a good starting point to do further homework on the names. recently was downgraded to Hold with a C rating by TheStreet's Quant Ratings.

  • El Pollo Loco (LOCO) Q4 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates
    Zacks3 months ago

    El Pollo Loco (LOCO) Q4 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates

    El Pollo Loco's (LOCO) sales-building efforts aid company-operated restaurant sales to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018.

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents3 months ago

    Edited Transcript of LOCO earnings conference call or presentation 7-Mar-19 10:00pm GMT

    Q4 2018 El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc Earnings Call

  • Why American Outdoor Brands, Eventbrite, and El Pollo Loco Holdings Slumped Today
    Motley Fool4 months ago

    Why American Outdoor Brands, Eventbrite, and El Pollo Loco Holdings Slumped Today

    Poor earnings contributed to some of the downward pressure on the market.

  • Why El Pollo Loco Stock Dropped Today
    Motley Fool4 months ago

    Why El Pollo Loco Stock Dropped Today

    Light guidance from the fast-casual restaurant chain left a bad taste in Mr. Market's mouth.

  • El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) Shareholders Booked A 45% Gain In The Last Year
    Simply Wall St.4 months ago

    El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) Shareholders Booked A 45% Gain In The Last Year

    These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But one can do better than that by picking better than averageRead More...