Zacks: Crawford & Company (CRD.B) Given Consensus Rating of “Strong Buy” by Brokerages

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Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) has earned an average broker rating score of 1.33 (Strong Buy) from the three brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a buy recommendation and two have given a strong buy recommendation to the company.

Analysts have set a one year consensus price target of $11.00 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $0.16 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Crawford & Company an industry rank of 189 out of 255 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Crawford & Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th.

CRD.B opened at $8.84 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $471.29 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.19 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a quick ratio of 1.42, a current ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95. Crawford & Company has a 1-year low of $7.54 and a 1-year high of $10.56.

Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 25th. The business services provider reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $263.79 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $279.98 million. Crawford & Company had a net margin of 2.31% and a return on equity of 24.33%. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Crawford & Company will post 0.81 EPS for the current year.

About Crawford & Company

Crawford & Company provides claims management solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Services, International, Broadspire, and Garden City Group. It offers Crawford Solution, which provides integrated claim, business process outsourcing, and consulting services for various product lines, such as property and casualty claims management, workers' compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration.

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