Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD.B) is one of 21 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Crawford & Company to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and risk.
This table compares Crawford & Company and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Crawford & Company||3.27%||25.66%||5.70%|
|Crawford & Company Competitors||6.32%||10.31%||2.36%|
Crawford & Company has a beta of 1.74, suggesting that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crawford & Company’s competitors have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Crawford & Company and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Crawford & Company||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Crawford & Company Competitors||112||796||846||21||2.44|
As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.17%. Given Crawford & Company’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crawford & Company has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
16.0% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Crawford & Company pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Crawford & Company pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 50.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Crawford & Company is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Crawford & Company and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Crawford & Company||$1.18 billion||$35.96 million||15.95|
|Crawford & Company Competitors||$11.95 billion||$575.69 million||171.90|
Crawford & Company’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Crawford & Company. Crawford & Company is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Crawford & Company Company Profile
Crawford & Company (Crawford) is an independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance and self-insured entities. The Company’s Crawford Solution offers claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for various product lines, including property and casualty claims management; workers’ compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. Crawford conducts its operations through four segments: U.S. Services, which primarily serves the property and casualty insurance company markets in the United States; International, which serves the property and casualty insurance company, and self-insurance markets outside the United States; Broadspire, which serves the self-insurance marketplace, primarily in the United States, and Garden City Group, which serves the class action, regulatory, mass tort, bankruptcy and other legal settlement markets, primarily in the United States.
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