Crawford & (CRD.B) & Its Rivals Financial Review
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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 & 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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