Crawford & (NYSE: CRD.B) and D/B/A Chubb Limited New (NYSE:CB) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

Crawford & pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share. D/B/A Chubb Limited New pays an annual dividend of $2.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Crawford & pays out 35.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. D/B/A Chubb Limited New pays out 25.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Crawford & has raised its dividend for 51 consecutive years. D/B/A Chubb Limited New is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford & and D/B/A Chubb Limited New’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford & 3.00% 26.35% 5.30%
D/B/A Chubb Limited New 16.68% 10.18% 3.09%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Crawford & and D/B/A Chubb Limited New, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford & 0 0 0 0 N/A
D/B/A Chubb Limited New 1 2 8 0 2.64

D/B/A Chubb Limited New has a consensus target price of $154.22, suggesting a potential upside of 2.90%.

Risk & Volatility

Crawford & has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, D/B/A Chubb Limited New has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.6% of Crawford & shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of D/B/A Chubb Limited New shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of D/B/A Chubb Limited New shares 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crawford & and D/B/A Chubb Limited New’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 $0.57 N/A
D/B/A Chubb Limited New $31.62 billion 2.21 $6.12 billion $11.37 13.18

D/B/A Chubb Limited New has higher revenue and earnings than Crawford &. Crawford & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than D/B/A Chubb Limited New, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

D/B/A Chubb Limited New beats Crawford & on 7 of the 13 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 D/B/A Chubb Limited New

Chubb Limited is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products and services to clients around the world. Its segments include North America Commercial property and casualty (P&C) Insurance, North America Personal P&C Insurance, North America Agricultural Insurance, Overseas General Insurance, Global Reinsurance and Life Insurance. It offers commercial insurance products and service offerings, such as risk management programs, loss control, and engineering and complex claims management. It provides specialized insurance products to areas, such as aviation and energy. It also offers personal lines insurance coverage, including homeowners, automobile, valuables, umbrella liability and recreational marine products. In addition, it supplies personal accident, supplemental health and life insurance to individuals in select countries.

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