Contrasting Blue Apron (APRN) & The Competition

Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) is one of 44 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Blue Apron to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional 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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Blue Apron and its peers’ 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 4.49% 14.04% 4.56%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blue Apron and its peers 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 693.61

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Blue Apron and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Apron 1 12 3 0 2.13
Blue Apron Competitors 295 1660 1980 53 2.45

Blue Apron presently has a consensus price target of $7.04, suggesting a potential upside of 67.18%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 1.05%. Given Blue Apron’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than its peers.


Blue Apron peers 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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