Those who invested in El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) five years ago are up 38%
When you buy and hold a stock for the long term, you definitely want it to provide a positive return. But more than that, you probably want to see it rise more than the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) share price is up 20% in the last five years, that's less than the market return. Unfortunately the share price is down 10.0% in the last year.
With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.
See our latest analysis for El Pollo Loco Holdings
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During the five years of share price growth, El Pollo Loco Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. That's generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into El Pollo Loco Holdings' key metrics by checking this interactive graph of El Pollo Loco Holdings's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About The Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there's a difference between El Pollo Loco Holdings' total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. El Pollo Loco Holdings hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 38% exceeds its share price return of 20%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that El Pollo Loco Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 4.0% over the last year. However, that falls short of the 7% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. Potential buyers might understandably feel they've missed the opportunity, but it's always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how El Pollo Loco Holdings scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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