El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) versus Its Rivals Head-To-Head Contrast

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ: LOCO) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare El Pollo Loco Holdings to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares El Pollo Loco Holdings and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
El Pollo Loco Holdings $393.64 million $62.17 million 25.22
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors $2.04 billion $349.42 million -3.61

El Pollo Loco Holdings’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than El Pollo Loco Holdings. El Pollo Loco Holdings is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for El Pollo Loco Holdings and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
El Pollo Loco Holdings 0 4 1 0 2.20
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors 281 1578 2168 73 2.50

El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 23.56%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 11.58%. Given El Pollo Loco Holdings’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe El Pollo Loco Holdings is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares El Pollo Loco Holdings and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
El Pollo Loco Holdings 4.66% 9.56% 5.52%
El Pollo Loco Holdings Competitors 1.82% 12.53% 1.77%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.7% of El Pollo Loco Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.8% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by institutional investors. 45.9% of El Pollo Loco Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

El Pollo Loco Holdings has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, El Pollo Loco Holdings’ rivals have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

El Pollo Loco Holdings rivals beat El Pollo Loco Holdings on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About El Pollo Loco Holdings

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. Every day in every restaurant, the Company marinates and fire-grills its chicken over open flames, and hand-slices whole tomatoes, avocados, serrano peppers and cilantro to make its salsas, guacamole and cilantro dressings from scratch. The Company also offers burritos, salads, tostadas, bowls, stuffed quesadillas and chicken entrees. The Company’s entrees include Chicken Avocado Burrito, Under 500 Calorie entrees, Ultimate Pollo Bowl, and Stuffed Chicken Avocado Quesadilla. As of December 28, 2016, the Company had 460 restaurants, consisting of 201 Company-operated and 259 franchised restaurants. The Company also offers additional proteins, such as shrimp, carnitas and beef.

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