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El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ: LOCO) announces its next round of earnings Thursday. Here's Benzinga's advanced look at El Pollo Loco's Q4 earnings report.

Earnings and Revenue

Analysts predict El Pollo Loco Holdings will report earnings of 10 cents per share on revenue of $95.23 million.

In the same quarter last year, El Pollo Loco reported EPS of 12 cents on revenue of $92.47 million. If the company were to report inline earnings when it publishes results Thursday, earnings would be down 16.67 percent. Sales would be up 2.97 percent from the year-ago period.

Here's how the El Pollo Loco's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:


Quarter Q3 2017 Q2 2017 Q1 2017 Q4 2016
EPS Estimate 0.18 0.2 0.14 0.13
EPS Actual 0.18 0.21 0.16 0.12


Stock Performance

Over the last 52-week period, shares are down 21.81 percent. Given that these returns are generally negative, long-term shareholders won't be happy going into this earnings release. Long-term shareholders are already enjoying 12-month gains prior to the announcement.

Over the past 90 days, analysts have adjusted their estimates lower for EPS and revenues. The average rating by analysts on El Pollo Loco Holdings stock is a Neutral. The validity of this rating has maintained conviction over the past 90 days.

Conference Call

El Pollo Loco Holdings's Q4 is scheduled to hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET and it can be accessed here.

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