Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) and Blue Apron Holdings (NASDAQ:APRN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Bunge Limited and Blue Apron Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bunge Limited 1.12% 6.65% 2.23%
Blue Apron Holdings -13.29% N/A -37.22%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Bunge Limited and Blue Apron Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bunge Limited 0 4 4 0 2.50
Blue Apron Holdings 1 10 3 0 2.14

Bunge Limited currently has a consensus price target of $83.71, indicating a potential upside of 15.80%. Blue Apron Holdings has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 42.24%. Given Blue Apron Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Blue Apron Holdings is more favorable than Bunge Limited.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.4% of Bunge Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Bunge Limited shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bunge Limited and Blue Apron Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bunge Limited $45.99 billion 0.22 $1.29 billion $3.43 21.08
Blue Apron Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Bunge Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Apron Holdings.

Dividends

Bunge Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Blue Apron Holdings does not pay a dividend. Bunge Limited pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bunge Limited has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Summary

Bunge Limited beats Blue Apron Holdings on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bunge Limited Company Profile

Bunge Limited is an agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that stretch from the farm field to consumer foods. The Company operates through five segments: Agribusiness, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, Sugar and Bioenergy, and Fertilizer. Its Agribusiness segment is an integrated, global business involved in the purchase, storage, transport, processing and sale of agricultural commodities and commodity products. Its edible oil products include packaged and bulk oils, shortenings, margarines, mayonnaise and other products derived from the vegetable oil refining process. Its milling products segment includes the production and sale of a range of wheat flours and bakery mixes. The Company is a producer and exporter of sugar. Through the Company’s operations in Argentina, it produces, blends and distributes a range of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (NPK) fertilizers, including phosphate-based liquid and solid nitrogen fertilizers.

Blue Apron Holdings 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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