Crawford & (NYSE: CRD.B) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Crawford & to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk and profitability.

Dividends

Crawford & pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Crawford & 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 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Crawford & is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crawford & and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford & $1.18 billion $35.96 million 15.90
Crawford & Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 158.50

Crawford &’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Crawford &. Crawford & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Crawford & and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford & 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crawford & Competitors 112 797 845 21 2.44

As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.79%. Given Crawford &’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Crawford & has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford & and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford & 3.27% 25.66% 5.70%
Crawford & Competitors 6.11% 11.12% 2.51%

Volatility and Risk

Crawford & has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crawford &’s rivals have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.5% of Crawford & shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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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