Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) and Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inventure Foods -34.84% -162.36% -8.34%
Blue Apron -21.67% N/A -51.87%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.3% of Inventure Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of Blue Apron shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Inventure Foods and Blue Apron, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00
Blue Apron 1 12 3 0 2.13

Inventure Foods currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 100.50%. Blue Apron has a consensus price target of $7.04, indicating a potential upside of 67.18%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than Blue Apron.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Inventure Foods and Blue Apron’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $269.01 million 0.29 -$30.24 million ($3.39) -1.18
Blue Apron $795.41 million 0.16 -$54.88 million N/A N/A

Inventure Foods has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Blue Apron.

Summary

Inventure Foods beats Blue Apron on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inventure Foods Company Profile

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in the snack products segment. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, and Bob’s Texas Style.

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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