Head-To-Head Comparison: Blue Apron (APRN) and The Competition

Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) is one of 41 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Blue Apron to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.


This table compares Blue Apron and its competitors’ 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 4.69% 14.07% 4.57%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Blue Apron and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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 542.40

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Blue Apron and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Apron 1 12 3 0 2.13
Blue Apron Competitors 289 1599 1863 53 2.44

Blue Apron presently has a consensus target price of $7.04, suggesting a potential upside of 67.18%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 4.72%. Given Blue Apron’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than its competitors.


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

Blue Apron Company Profile

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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