Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD.B) is one of 21 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Crawford & Company to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

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 company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets 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 3.23%. Given Crawford & Company’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Crawford & Company has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crawford & Company and its competitors top-line 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 172.16

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.

Dividends

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.

Profitability

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%

Risk & Volatility

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.

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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