Crawford & (NYSE: CRD.B) and Patriot National (NYSE:PN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.8% of Crawford & shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.3% of Patriot National shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 59.9% of Patriot National shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crawford & and Patriot National’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford & N/A N/A N/A $0.60 N/A
Patriot National $233.03 million 0.15 $31.71 million ($0.02) -55.00

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Crawford & and Patriot National, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford & 0 0 0 0 N/A
Patriot National 0 2 0 0 2.00

Patriot National has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential upside of 604.55%.

Volatility & Risk

Crawford & has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Patriot National has a beta of 2.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford & and Patriot National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford & 3.17% 26.83% 5.69%
Patriot National N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Crawford & pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share. Patriot National does not pay a dividend. Crawford & pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Crawford & beats Patriot National on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Patriot National

Patriot National, Inc. is an independent national provider of technology-enabled outsourcing solutions that help insurance carriers, employers and other clients mitigate risk and comply with complex regulations. It offers a range of end-to-end insurance related and specialty services. The Company principally offers approximately two types of services: front-end services, such as brokerage, underwriting and policyholder services, and back-end services, such as claims adjudication and administration. It also offers specialty services, including technology outsourcing and other information technology (IT) services, as well as employment pre-screening and background checks. The Company’s brokerage and policyholder services include general agency services and specialty underwriting and policyholder services provided to its insurance carrier clients. The Company’s claims administration services relate to the administration and resolution of workers’ compensation claims.

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