Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) and Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.4% of Ingredion shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of Blue Apron shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Ingredion shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ingredion and Blue Apron, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingredion 0 1 3 0 2.75
Blue Apron 1 12 3 0 2.13

Ingredion presently has a consensus price target of $138.33, indicating a potential downside of 1.97%. Blue Apron has a consensus price target of $7.04, indicating a potential upside of 66.79%. Given Blue Apron’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than Ingredion.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ingredion and Blue Apron’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingredion $5.70 billion 1.78 $485.00 million $6.98 20.22
Blue Apron $795.41 million 0.16 -$54.88 million N/A N/A

Ingredion has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Apron.

Dividends

Ingredion pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Blue Apron does not pay a dividend. Ingredion pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ingredion has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Ingredion and Blue Apron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingredion 8.73% 20.92% 9.68%
Blue Apron -21.67% N/A -51.87%

Summary

Ingredion beats Blue Apron on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ingredion Company Profile

Ingredion Incorporated is an ingredients solutions provider. The Company manufactures and sells sweetener, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterial solutions derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials to a range of industries, both domestically and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It turns corn, tapioca, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits into ingredients and biomaterials for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Its product line includes animal feed products and edible corn oil. Its sweetener products include glucose syrups, high maltose syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), caramel color, dextrose, polyols, maltodextrins and glucose and syrup solids. Its starch-based products include both food-grade and industrial starches, and biomaterials. It also offers specialty ingredients.

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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