El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco, pronounced “L Po-yo Lo-co” and Spanish for “The Crazy Chicken,” is the nation’s leading quick-service restaurant chain specializing in flame-grilled chicken. Founded in Guasave, Mexico in 1975, El Pollo Loco’s long-term success stems from the unique preparation of its award-winning “pollo”-- fresh chicken marinated in a special recipe of herbs, spices and citrus juices passed down from the founding family. The marinated chicken is then flame-grilled, hand cut and served hot off the grill with warm tortillas and a wide assortment of side dishes.

Company Growth (employees)
Costa Mesa, US
Size (employees)
5,355 (est)+4%
El Pollo Loco was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, US

El Pollo Loco Office Locations

El Pollo Loco has an office in Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, US (HQ)
100 3535 Harbor Blvd

El Pollo Loco Data and Metrics

El Pollo Loco Financial Metrics

El Pollo Loco's revenue was reported to be $380.1 m in FY, 2016 which is a 7% increase from the previous period.
Numbers are in $, USD

Revenue (FY, 2016)

380.1 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Gross profit (FY, 2016)

272.9 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

18.3 m

EBIT (FY, 2016)

34.6 m

Market capitalization (26-May-2017)

517.4 m

Closing share price (26-May-2017)


Cash (28-Dec-2016)

2.2 m


619.7 m
El Pollo Loco's current market capitalization is $517.4 m.
Numbers are in $, USDFY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


293.6 m314.7 m344.9 m355.1 m380.1 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

102.6 m105.9 m107.2 m

Gross profit

242.3 m249.1 m272.9 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Sales and marketing expense

149.2 m154.2 m175.7 m

General and administrative expense

29.5 m29 m34.7 m

Operating expense total

298.2 m306.2 m345.5 m


49.3 m48.8 m34.6 m

EBIT margin, %


Interest expense

38.9 m36.3 m18.1 m3.7 m3.2 m

Pre tax profit

44.9 m31.1 m

Income tax expense

2 m1.4 m(63 m)(20.9 m)(12.8 m)

Net Income

42.5 m24.1 m18.3 m
Numbers are in $, USDY, 2011Y, 2012Y, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


19 m21.5 m17 m11.5 m6.1 m2.2 m

Accounts Receivable

5.8 m6.2 m6.9 m


1.9 m1.9 m2.1 m

Current Assets

44 m38.6 m35.9 m


82.1 m102.4 m118.5 m


248.7 m248.7 m248.7 m

Total Assets

455.3 m461 m471.3 m

Accounts Payable

5.5 m11 m11.6 m

Total Debt

165.8 m123.6 m104.5 m

Current Liabilities

31.6 m39.6 m45.3 m

Common Stock

385 k

Additional Paid-in Capital

359.5 m369.6 m371.8 m

Retained Earnings

(149.4 m)(125.4 m)(107 m)

Total Equity

210.4 m244.6 m265.2 m

Debt to Equity Ratio

0.8 x0.5 x0.4 x

Debt to Assets Ratio

0.4 x0.3 x0.2 x

Financial Leverage

2.2 x1.9 x1.8 x
Numbers are in $, USDFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

42.5 m24.1 m18.3 m

Depreciation and Amortization

11.5 m13.1 m16.1 m

Accounts Receivable

147 k(427 k)(844 k)


(245 k)1 k(221 k)

Accounts Payable

(8 m)2.3 m(4.6 m)

Cash From Operating Activities

(5.5 m)58 m49.3 m

Purchases of PP&E

(26.8 m)(30.8 m)(37.4 m)

Cash From Investing Activities

(21.4 m)(30.8 m)(35.2 m)

Short-term Borrowings

(19 m)

Long-term Borrowings

(291.8 m)(291.7 m)(291.7 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

(10.2 m)(32.5 m)(18 m)

Interest Paid

20.2 m3.5 m3.1 m

Income Taxes Paid

156 k18 k171 k
Y, 2016


17.9 x


12.6 x


0.4 x


0.2 x

Financial Leverage

1.8 x

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