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.
Adequate balance sheet and fair value.
Share Price & News
How has El Pollo Loco Holdings's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: LOCO's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: LOCO exceeded the US Hospitality industry which returned -44.6% over the past year.
Return vs Market: LOCO underperformed the US Market which returned -10.4% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is El Pollo Loco Holdings's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
4 days ago | Simply Wall StThese 4 Measures Indicate That El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) Is Using Debt Extensively
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Is El Pollo Loco Holdings undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: LOCO ($8.04) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($0.98)
Significantly Below Fair Value: LOCO is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: LOCO is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.9x) compared to the Hospitality industry average (11.9x).
PE vs Market: LOCO is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.9x) compared to the US market (13.1x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: LOCO is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.4x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: LOCO is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.2x) compared to the US Hospitality industry average (1.3x).
How is El Pollo Loco Holdings forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: LOCO's forecast earnings growth (8.5% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).
Earnings vs Market: LOCO's earnings (8.5% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (12.2% per year).
High Growth Earnings: LOCO's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: LOCO's revenue (1.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.2% per year).
High Growth Revenue: LOCO's revenue (1.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if LOCO's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time
How has El Pollo Loco Holdings performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: LOCO has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: LOCO became profitable in the past.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: LOCO's earnings have declined by -44.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: LOCO has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: LOCO has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Hospitality industry (1.6%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: LOCO's Return on Equity (10.1%) is considered low.
How is El Pollo Loco Holdings's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: LOCO's short term assets ($24.7M) do not cover its short term liabilities ($74.0M).
Long Term Liabilities: LOCO's short term assets ($24.7M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($305.2M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: LOCO's debt to equity ratio (39.5%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: LOCO's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 79.2% to 39.5% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: LOCO's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (37.3%).
Interest Coverage: LOCO's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (11.3x coverage).
Inventory Level: LOCO has a high level of physical assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: LOCO's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.3x debt).
What is El Pollo Loco Holdings's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate LOCO's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate LOCO's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LOCO's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LOCO's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of LOCO's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Bernard Acoca (50yo)
Mr. Bernard Acoca has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. since March 12, 2018. Mr. Acoca serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Bernard's total compensation ($USD2.95M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.49M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Insufficient data to compare Bernard's compensation with company performance.
|CFO & Treasurer||6.67yrs||US$992.42k||0.17% $489.1k|
|Chief Operating Officer||0.83yr||no data||0.062% $175.2k|
|Vice President of Accounting & Finance||no data||no data||no data|
|Chief Legal Officer||0.58yr||no data||no data|
|Chief People Officer & Senior VP||1.58yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Development Officer||no data||no data||no data|
|Corporate Secretary||no data||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: LOCO's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.6 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
|Independent Director||13.17yrs||US$121.25k||0.037% $105.4k|
|Independent Director||3.83yrs||US$175.00k||0.051% $144.8k|
|Independent Director||4.67yrs||US$136.25k||0.058% $164.3k|
|Independent Director||9.17yrs||US$130.00k||0.068% $191.1k|
|Independent Director||2.17yrs||US$161.25k||0.030% $84.6k|
|Independent Director||3.83yrs||US$165.00k||0.051% $144.8k|
Experienced Board: LOCO's board of directors are considered experienced (4.7 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.
- Ticker: LOCO
- Exchange: NasdaqGS
- Founded: 1980
- Industry: Restaurants
- Sector: Consumer Services
- Market Cap: US$282.123m
- Shares outstanding: 35.09m
- Website: https://www.elpolloloco.com
Number of Employees
- El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.
- 3535 Harbor Boulevard
- Suite 100
- Costa Mesa
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|LOCO||NasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Jul 2014|
|EP6||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jul 2014|
|EP6||BRSE (Berne Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||CH||CHF||Jul 2014|
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 fire-grilled citrus-marinated chicken in a variety of contemporary Mexican and LA-inspired entrees, including specialty chicken burritos, chicken quesadillas, chicken tostada salads, and chicken tortilla soups, as well as under 500 calorie entrees, and variations on Pollo Bowl and Pollo salads. As of December 25, 2019, it had approximately 482 restaurants, which included 195 company-operated and 287 franchised restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana. The company was formerly known as Chicken Acquisition Corp. and changed its name to El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. in April 2014. El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/03/31 01:20|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/03/30 00:00|
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