Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Blue Apron to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Blue Apron and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Apron 1 12 3 0 2.13
Blue Apron Competitors 295 1655 1978 53 2.45

Blue Apron presently has a consensus price target of $7.04, indicating a potential upside of 67.18%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 0.91%. Given Blue Apron’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.4% of Blue Apron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Apron and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Apron -21.67% N/A -51.87%
Blue Apron Competitors 4.55% 14.18% 4.59%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Blue Apron and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Apron $795.41 million -$54.88 million -4.01
Blue Apron Competitors $10.42 billion $577.33 million 712.31

Blue Apron’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Blue Apron. Blue Apron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Blue Apron rivals beat Blue Apron on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

About Blue Apron

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is focused on providing recipes and fresh ingredients for making home cooking accessible. The Company offers under a novel business model in which it source, process, store and package meal ingredients and ship them directly to consumers. The Company’s core products include Meals and Wine. Meals product, which offers two meal plans, such as two person plan and family plan. Two person plan, which includes three recipes per week (chosen from six options), each of which serves two people and shipping is free. The Company provides original recipes with the pre-portioned ingredients to complement tastes and lifestyles of college graduates, young couples, families, singles, and empty nesters.

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