El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) has an ERP5 rank of 2981. The ERP5 Rank is an investment gadget that analysts use to uncover undervalued companies. It looks at the stock’s Price to Book ratio, Earnings Yield, ROIC and 5 year average ROIC. The lower the rank, the more undervalued a firm is considered to be.

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The Q.i. Value of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 34.00000. The Q.i. Value is another useful gadget in determining if a firm is undervalued or not. The Q.i. Value is determined using the following ratios: EBITDA Yield, Earnings Yield, FCF Yield, and Liquidity. The lower the Q.i. value, the more undervalued the firm is thought to be.

The EBITDA Yield is a great way to determine a firm’s profitability. This number is determined by dividing a firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization by the firm’s enterprise value. Enterprise Value is determined by taking the market cap plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. The EBITDA Yield for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 0.088462.

The Earnings to Price yield of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 0.024055. This is determined by taking the EPS and dividing it by the last closing equity price. This is one of the most faddish formulas investors use to price out a firm’s financial performance. Earnings Yield is determined by taking the operating income or earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and dividing it by the Enterprise Value of the firm. The Earnings Yield for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 0.062336. Earnings Yield helps investors calculate the return on investment for a given firm. Similarly, the Earnings Yield Five Year Average is the five year average operating income or EBIT divided by the current enterprise value. The Earnings Yield Five Year average for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. is 0.068948.

The FCF Yield 5yr Average is determined by taking the five year average free cash flow of a firm, and dividing it by the current enterprise value. Enterprise Value is determined by taking the market cap plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. The average FCF of a firm is determined by viewing at the cash generated by operations of the firm. The Free Cash Flow Yield 5 Year Average of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 0.018412.

**Price Index**

We can now take a quick glimpse at some historical stock price index data. El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) currently has a 10 month price index of 1.61905. The price index is determined by dividing the current equity price by the equity price ten months ago. A ratio over one signals an increase in equity price over the duration. A ratio lower than one shows that the price has decreased over that time duration. Considering at some nonstandard time periods, the 12 month price index is 1.62766, the 24 month is 1.19066, and the 36 month is 1.32813. Narrowing in a bit closer, the 5 month price index is 1.15038, the 3 month is 0.93066, and the 1 month is currently 0.93750.

**Returns**

Considering at some ROIC (Return on Invested Capital) numbers, El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO)’s ROIC is 0.371258. The ROIC 5 year average is 0.422687 and the ROIC Quality ratio is 8.284818. ROIC is a profitability ratio that measures the return that an investment generates for those providing capital. ROIC helps show how efficient a firm is at turning capital into profits.

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) has a Price to Book ratio of 2.067888. This ratio is determined by dividing the current equity price by the book value per share. Investors may use Price to Book to display how the market portrays the value of a stock. Checking in on some other ratios, the firm has a Price to Cash Flow ratio of 13.880476, and a current Price to Earnings ratio of 41.571919. The P/E ratio is one of the most common ratios used for figuring out whether a firm is overvalued or undervalued.

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) currently has a current ratio of 0.42. The current ratio, also known as the working capital ratio, is a liquidity ratio that displays the proportion of current assets of a business relative to the current liabilities. The ratio is simply determined by dividing current liabilities by current assets. The ratio may be used to provide an idea of the ability of a certain firm to pay back its liabilities with assets. Typically, the higher the current ratio the better, as the firm may be more capable of paying back its obligations.

The Price to book ratio is the current equity price of a firm divided by the book value per share. The Price to Book ratio for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. NasdaqGS:LOCO is 2.067888. A lower price to book ratio signals that the stock might be undervalued. Similarly, Price to cash flow ratio is another useful ratio in determining a firm’s value. The Price to Cash Flow for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 13.880476. This ratio is determined by dividing the market value of a firm by cash from operating activities. Additionally, the price to earnings ratio is another faddish way for analysts and investors to determine a firm’s profitability. The price to earnings ratio for El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LOCO) is 41.571919. This ratio is found by taking the current equity price and dividing by EPS.

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