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El Pollo Loco Holdings fiscal Q1 profit falls 8.0% YOY

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said its normalized net income for the fiscal first quarter ended March 30 came to 17 cents per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus estimate of 18 cents per share.

EPS fell 8.2% year over year from 19 cents.

Normalized net income, which excludes unusual gains or losses on a pre- and after-tax basis, was $6.7 million, a decline of 8.0% from $7.3 million in the first quarter ended April 1, 2015.

The normalized profit margin dropped to 7.3% from 8.0% in the year-earlier period.

Total revenue grew on an annual basis to $94.4 million from $90.4 million, and total operating expenses rose 6.8% on an annual basis to $82.6 million from $77.3 million.

Reported net income fell 17.5% year over year to $5.5 million, or 14 cents per share, from $6.6 million, or 17 cents per share.