MORGAN STANLEY: GrubHub could get 'Amazoned'
In a report published Sunday night, Morgan Stanley downgraded GrubHub's stock from overweight to equal weight, slashing the price target from $47 to $43.
"GRUB competition is starting to bud," write analysts at the bank. "Particularly Amazon, with 26% of Amazon Prime members reported having tried Amazon Restaurants in the past six months."Chicago-based GrubHub is by far the market leader for food delivery. But, as Morgan Stanley notes, Uber Eats and Amazon are ready to begin their siege on GrubHub's customer base.
"To be clear, we are not saying that Amazon's restaurant business is as large as GRUB's yet (as this does not capture order frequency or average check)," Morgan Stanley said in a note. "But rather that Amazon has shown an ability to grow quickly in this industry."
"Grubhub is well-positioned for sustained growth in the coming years," a GrubHub spokesperson told Business Insider. "We turned in our best company results in the first quarter of 2017 and haven't seen competition hurt our ability to grow."
GrubHub stock closed down 6.42% on Monday, at $44.64, and is up 55% over the last 12 months.