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

Dividends

Crawford & pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Crawford & pays out 30.3% 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 competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford & $1.18 billion $35.96 million 15.00
Crawford & Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 153.24

Crawford &’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Crawford &. Crawford & 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.

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 competitors have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Crawford & and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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 3.35%. Given Crawford &’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Crawford & has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford & and its competitors’ 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%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.6% of Crawford & shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Crawford & 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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