Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC) and Crawford & (NYSE:CRD.B) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitabiliy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marsh & McLennan Companies and Crawford &’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marsh & McLennan Companies $13.50 billion 2.94 $3.23 billion $3.62 21.39
Crawford & N/A N/A N/A $0.57 N/A

Marsh & McLennan Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Crawford &. Crawford & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marsh & McLennan Companies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.7% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.6% of Crawford & shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Crawford & shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Marsh & McLennan Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Crawford & pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share. Marsh & McLennan Companies pays out 41.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Crawford & pays out 35.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Crawford & has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Marsh & McLennan Companies and Crawford &, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marsh & McLennan Companies 0 3 9 0 2.75
Crawford & 0 0 0 0 N/A

Marsh & McLennan Companies presently has a consensus target price of $81.90, indicating a potential upside of 5.76%.

Risk and Volatility

Marsh & McLennan Companies has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crawford & has a beta of 1.74, meaning that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Marsh & McLennan Companies and Crawford &’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marsh & McLennan Companies 13.97% 28.56% 10.18%
Crawford & 3.00% 26.35% 5.30%

Summary

Marsh & McLennan Companies beats Crawford & on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marsh & McLennan Companies

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. is a professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. The Company is the parent company of various risk advisors and specialty consultants, including Marsh, the insurance broker; Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of human resource and investment related financial advice and services, and Oliver Wyman Group, the management and economic consultancy. It conducts business through two segments: Risk and Insurance Services, which includes risk management activities, as well as insurance and reinsurance broking and services, and Consulting includes health, retirement, talent and investments consulting services and products, and specialized management, economic and brand consulting services. It conducts business in the Risk and Insurance Services segment through Marsh and Guy Carpenter. It conducts business in the Consulting segment through Mercer and Oliver Wyman Group.

About Crawford &

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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