AA (OTCMKTS:AATDF) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.A) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

18.6% of Crawford & Company shares are held by institutional investors. 48.8% of Crawford & Company shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for AA and Crawford & Company, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AA 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crawford & Company 0 0 1 0 3.00

Crawford & Company has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.61%. Given Crawford & Company’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Crawford & Company is more favorable than AA.

Dividends

Crawford & Company pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. AA does not pay a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AA and Crawford & Company’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AA N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Crawford & Company $1.16 billion 0.42 $27.66 million N/A N/A

Crawford & Company has higher revenue and earnings than AA.

Profitability

This table compares AA and Crawford & Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AA N/A N/A N/A
Crawford & Company 1.03% 23.46% 5.76%

Risk and Volatility

AA has a beta of -0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 161% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crawford & Company has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crawford & Company beats AA on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AA

AA plc provides roadside assistance, insurance, and driving services in the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments, Roadside and Insurance. The company's roadside assistance services include breakdowns cover for cars, motorcycles, caravans, vans, campervans, and towing; vehicle inspections, tires, and connected car services; operates driving schools that provide driver training and educative programs, and hotels. It also provides car, home, travel, motorcycle, van, caravan, and business insurance products, as well as cover for home emergencies; and reinsurance services. In addition, the company provides financial services, such as savings accounts, loans, credit cards, and mortgages. It serves fleet and leasing companies. The company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Basingstoke, the United Kingdom.

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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