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Battle Of The Stocks: Yelp Vs GrubHub



In this edition of Battle Of The Stocks, we look at two stocks in the online food delivery and reservation business, Yelp [YELP] and GrubHub [GRUB]. While Yelp has well over a million restaurants on its website, GrubHub is an established online ordering service.

The two companies are an online ordering platform that connects diners with restaurants. Here, we look at which stock is a better buy at current levels.

Market Cap

Driven by the massive increase in share prices, the market cap of Yelp and GrubHub have grown significantly since the start of 2016.

Shares of Yelp are trading flat this year driven by a 15% decline in Oct. 2018. The stock is however up 70% in the last 3 years and 50% in the last 18 months.

Comparatively, the GrubHub stock has gained over 250% since 2015 and 100% in the last 18 months. Despite a 36% decline in Oct., the stock is up 24% this year, easily beating returns of major indices.

This staggering climb in value resulted in billion-dollar valuations for the two companies. Yelp’s market cap is currently $3.5B while GrubHub’s market cap is higher at $8.1B.

However past returns are not an indicator of future price movements.

Revenue Growth

Revenue growth is a key indicator to gauge the financial position of any company. Any firm that can grow its revenue at a robust rate will be worth investing in.

Yelp reported sales of $844M last year and it’s estimated to rise 14% to $963M this year. Analysts expect its revenue to grow 18% to a robust $1.14B in 2019.

GrubHub, on the other hand, reported sales of $680M last year and analysts expect its revenue to grow 34% to $1.4B.



The profit margins of these online ordering portals have expanded, driven by a rise in revenue and operating efficiencies. While Yelp’s operating margin is estimated at 2.8% this year, it’s expected to be 5.4% next year.

GrubHub, however, sees the operating margin at an estimated 18.7% for the current fiscal, while it’s expected to be 18.5% next year


Earnings Growth

While the two companies are looking to improve profit margins, analysts and investors are concerned over the earnings growth potential.

Analysts expect Yelp’s earnings per share (EPS) to grow 21% over the next 5 years. Comparatively, analysts expect GrubHub’s earnings to rise 27% over the same period.


Analyst Recommendation

We have looked at key financial metrics for the two stocks. Let’s see what Wall Street analysts expect from the companies. Analysts have a 12-month average target price of $51.22 for Yelp, indicating an upside potential of 23%.

Comparatively, analysts expect GrubHub’s share price to rise to $296.94, providing an upside potential of 41% over the next year.


It looks like GrubHub is a clear winner in this race. GrubHub is a better bet considering its profit margins and revenue and earnings growth rate. GrubHub also holds an edge due to a larger footprint and a solid reputation for customer service.

The food delivery segment is a high growth one with both companies looking to upstage the other and gain market share. We can see above that the domestic food delivery market is estimated to grow from $23.74B in 2016 to almost $40B in 2021.

Wealthlab Verdict: GrubHub (4-0)


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A UPS worker never made more than $14,000 a year but retired with $70 million. How? Compound interest. Here’s how it works, courtesy of Investopedia.


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3 Ways To Invest From Your Smartphone For Under $5



The numbers say 80% of millennials don’t invest in stocks.

Reason? Half say they don’t have money, one-third says it’s too early and another third says they don’t know how.

In addition to that, there’s demographic gap. “The average age of a financial advisor is 55,” said Douglas Boneparth, a New York City-based financial planner. “There are more financial advisors over the age of 70 than there are under 30.”

Despite these beliefs, you don’t really need much money, nor experience, to get started. (Just look at our fearless co-founder Odunayo Eweniyi and what she’s pulled off here)

Be that as it may, here are three ways to get started for $5 or less.

1. Stash

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What: A micro-investment app (iOS and Android) with over 30 ETFs according to industry, sector and risk tolerance.

How it works: Download the app and choose your investment.

Minimum investment: $5

Cost: Fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.

“We help people who don’t have a lot save money on a weekly basis,” CEO and co-founder Brandon Krieg said in one interview. “Stashers look like America, they look like people you meet every day: they are nurses and teachers and Uber and Lyft drivers.”

2. Acorns


What: iOS and Android app.

How it works: Download the app and choose one of six index funds. When you buy, say a cup of coffee for $1.75, it rounds up the change to $2 and deposits the difference.

Minimum investment: $5

Cost: Just like Stash, fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.

“We’re not trying to preach austerity to the client, because that’s a bummer,” CMO Manning Field says. “Some people will say, ‘Don’t have the cup of coffee.’ We’ll tell you to have the cup of coffee and invest along the way.”

3. Robinhood

What: A commission-free investment app (iOS and Android).

How it works: Download and start buying stocks.

Minimum investment: Whatever stock you want to buy.

Cost: Free.

And by the way, if you want to get a fast start on real estate, here’s Forbes’ list of nine REITs with yields between 8% and 10%.

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CHART: How Blockchain Powers Bitcoin



Blockchain, Bitcoin. Bitcoin, blockchain.

The two terms go hand in hand—and have become almost ubiquitous with this year’s insane rise (and fall) of Bitcoin.

But what does it all really mean? How does it come together? In this week’s chart, our friends at CB Insights break down exactly how blockchain powers Bitcoin.

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