Orange County Business Journal:
The Costa Mesa-based parent company of El Pollo Loco Inc. reported lower sales and a loss for 2009, which the Mexican fast food chainâ€™s chief executive called â€œamong the most challenging years in our 30-year history.â€
El Pollo Locoâ€™s holding company, EPL Intermediate Inc., reported an operating loss of $4 million for the year, down from on operating loss of $25 million a year earlier on lower food and wage costs.
The company is privately owned but reports results for debt holders.
Including interest expenses and other charges, El Pollo Loco posted a net loss of $52 million, widened from $39 million a year earlier.
Chief Executive Stephen Carley blamed the recession and its impact on the chainâ€™s key Hispanic customers for the loss and lower sales.