Blue Apron Stock Breaking Out Ahead of Q4 Earnings

APRN's crazy volatility continues into 2021

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Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:APRN) is an American food service delivery company which exclusively operates in the United States. However, unlike Uber Eats or Postmates, Blue Apron offers an ingredient and recipe meal kit that allows people to cook a variety of dishes.

Blue Apron stock has experienced an insane amount of volatility this past year. APRN has already increased nearly 80% year-to-date. Early on in 2020, APRN traded in the $2-3 range and bottomed at a record-low of $2.01. However, Blue Apron stock quickly turned and skyrocketed as a result of the lockdown caused by the pandemic, reaching a 52-week high of $28.84.


Blue Apron is scheduled to release it's fourth-quarter report before the market opens on Thursday, Feb. 18. Wall Street anticipates the company will report an earning per share (EPS) of -$0.61 for Q4.

Blue Apron stock has outperformed earnings expectations on two of its last four quarters. For the fourth quarter of 2019, APRN missed analysts’ expectations by a margin of $0.06 and reported earnings of -$1.66 per share. For the first quarter of 2020, Blue Apron increased its EPS to -$1.51 but still failed to meet expectations and missed estimates by a margin of $0.01. APRN increased its EPS to $0.08 for the second quarter of 2020 and beat expectations by a significant margin of $0.53. In its most recent quarterly earnings, Blue Apron stock decreased its earnings to -$0.96 per share but still managed to beat earnings expectations by a margin of $0.29.

From a fundamental perspective, Blue Apron stock is lacking some key attributes that make up solid growth stocks. For starters, Blue Apron is missing the most important thing: growth. The company’s annual revenues have fallen consistently in recent years, most notably decreasing over 50% since 2017. On the flipside, APRN has managed to reduce its net losses by about $170 million. Nonetheless, Blue Apron will remain a speculative and short-term play until APRN proves it can produce net profits on a regular basis.



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