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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices 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 112 797 847 21 2.44

As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 4.10%. Given Crawford & Company’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crawford & Company has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

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 5.99% 10.74% 2.39%

Dividends

Crawford & Company pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Crawford & Company 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 50.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crawford & Company and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford & Company $1.18 billion $35.96 million 15.53
Crawford & Company Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 156.56

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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.0% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Crawford & Company competitors beat Crawford & Company on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Crawford & Company

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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