Comparing NutriSystem (NTRI) & Blue Apron (APRN)

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NutriSystem and Blue Apron’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NutriSystem $696.96 million 1.56 $57.87 million $1.96 18.72
Blue Apron $881.19 million 0.66 -$210.14 million ($1.64) -1.85

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.7% of Blue Apron shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of NutriSystem shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 56.2% of Blue Apron shares are held 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.


NutriSystem pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Blue Apron does not pay a dividend. NutriSystem pays out 51.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NutriSystem 7.65% 42.69% 27.98%
Blue Apron -22.76% -155.60% -39.31%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for NutriSystem and Blue Apron, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NutriSystem 0 2 5 0 2.71
Blue Apron 0 14 4 0 2.22

NutriSystem currently has a consensus target price of $50.50, suggesting a potential upside of 37.60%. Blue Apron has a consensus target price of $5.93, suggesting a potential upside of 95.69%. Given Blue Apron’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Blue Apron is more favorable than NutriSystem.


NutriSystem beats Blue Apron on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NutriSystem

Nutrisystem, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides weight management products and services for women and men in the United States. The company offers weight loss programs that consist primarily of a pre-packaged food program, digital tools, and counseling. It also provides Nutrisystem Lean13 program, which provides weight loss, and support and counseling services; the South Beach Diet, a weight-loss program; and Nutrisystem 5-day kit, a ?D' kit that offers individuals with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, the company provides SmartCarb and PowerFuel products, including meal replacement bars, powder shakes, baked goods and snacks; and Nutrisystem D Program, a weight loss program designed to produce gradual weight loss. It sells its pre-packaged foods to weight loss program participants directly through the Internet and telephone; a television shopping network; and retailers. Nutrisystem, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

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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