Qudian (NYSE: QD) and GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Qudian and GrubHub’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qudian N/A N/A N/A
GrubHub 9.60% 7.45% 6.07%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Qudian and GrubHub’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qudian $212.83 million 20.05 $85.06 million N/A N/A
GrubHub $493.33 million 12.70 $49.55 million $0.68 106.33

Qudian has higher earnings, but lower revenue than GrubHub.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Qudian and GrubHub, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qudian 0 0 6 0 3.00
GrubHub 1 9 13 0 2.52

Qudian currently has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 62.41%. GrubHub has a consensus price target of $59.52, suggesting a potential downside of 17.67%. Given Qudian’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Qudian is more favorable than GrubHub.

Summary

GrubHub beats Qudian on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Qudian Company Profile

Qudian Inc. provides cash credit products, which provide funds in digital form, and merchandise credit products. The Company operates through an online platform and all the transaction are facilitated through mobile devices. Borrowers can apply for credit on their mobile phones and receive approval within a few seconds. Approved borrowers are then able to draw down on their cash credit with cash disbursed immediately into their Alipay accounts in digital form. It also offers merchandise credit products to finance borrowers’ direct purchase of merchandise offered on its marketplace on installment basis. Its marketplace connects consumers with merchandise suppliers. It offers 14 categories of merchandise from over 1,000 brands covering primarily consumer electronics, home appliances, watches and accessories, sports and outdoor merchandise and luggage.

GrubHub Company Profile

Grubhub Inc. provides an online and mobile platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders. Its products include Grubhub and Seamless Mobile Applications and Mobile Website, Grubhub and Seamless Websites, Corporate Program, Delivery, Allmenus and MenuPages, Grubhub for Restaurants, and Restaurant Websites. As of December 31, 2016, the Company connected more than 50,000 local restaurants with diners in more than 1,100 cities across the United States. In certain markets, the Company also provides delivery services to restaurants on its platform that do not have their own delivery operations. The Company provides diners on the platform with a personalized platform that helps them search for local restaurants and then place an order from an Internet-connected device. It also provides diners with information about their orders and status. The Company also provides delivery services to restaurants on its platform that do not have their own delivery operations.

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