Blue Apron (APRN) & Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Head to Head Contrast

Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) and Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.


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Archer Daniels Midland pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Blue Apron does not pay a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland pays out 55.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland has increased its dividend for 42 consecutive years.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Archer Daniels Midland 2.62% 7.91% 3.56%
Blue Apron -23.85% -787.55% -47.64%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Archer Daniels Midland 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
Archer Daniels Midland $60.83 billion 0.39 $1.60 billion $2.43 17.40
Blue Apron $881.19 million 0.41 -$210.14 million ($1.64) -1.14

Archer Daniels Midland has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Apron. Blue Apron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Archer Daniels Midland, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Archer Daniels Midland and Blue Apron, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Archer Daniels Midland 1 5 6 0 2.42
Blue Apron 0 13 4 0 2.24

Archer Daniels Midland presently has a consensus target price of $44.10, suggesting a potential upside of 4.33%. Blue Apron has a consensus target price of $6.70, suggesting a potential upside of 258.33%. Given Blue Apron’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than Archer Daniels Midland.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.4% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.5% of Blue Apron shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Archer Daniels Midland beats Blue Apron on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Archer Daniels Midland

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities, products, and ingredients in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Carbohydrate Solutions, Nutrition, Oilseeds, and Origination. The company offers oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats, rice, and barley; and structured trade finance, as well as processes wheat into wheat flour. It also provides sweeteners, starch, syrup, glucose, and dextrose; alcohol, amino acids, and other food and animal feed ingredients; ethyl alcohol; bio products; corn gluten feed and meal, and distillers' grains; vegetable oil and protein meal; formula feeds, and animal health and nutrition products; citric acids and glycols; glucose and native starch; and contract and private label pet treats and foods, and specialty ingredients. In addition, the company offers ingredients for the food, feed, energy, and industrial products industries; crude vegetable and salad oils; margarine, shortening, and other food products; partially refined oils; oilseed protein meals; peanuts, tree nuts, and peanut-derived ingredients; cottonseed flour for the pharmaceutical industry; cotton cellulose pulp for the chemical, paper, and filter markets; and agricultural commodity raw materials. Further, it is involved in oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, packaged oils and foods, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats, oleo chemicals, biodiesel and fertilizers manufacturing, and grains processing. Additionally, the company provides natural flavor ingredients, flavor systems, natural colors, proteins, emulsifiers, soluble fiber, polyols, hydrocolloids, natural health and nutrition products, and other specialty food and feed ingredients; edible beans; and futures commission merchant and insurance services. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

About Blue Apron

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. operates an e-commerce marketplace that delivers original recipes and fresh ingredients for making home cooking accessible. It provides original recipes with the pre-portioned ingredients to complement tastes and lifestyles of college graduates, young couples, families, singles, and empty nesters. The company also offers Blue Apron Wine, a direct-to-consumer wine delivery service that sells wines, which can be paired with its meals; and sells beef, poultry, and lamb products under the BN Ranch brand name. Its meal products are accompanied by printed and digital content, including how-to instructions, and the stories of its suppliers and specialty ingredients. The company offers its services through order selections on Website or mobile application in the United States. Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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