Crawford (CRD.A) Downgraded From Buy to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Crawford  (CRD.A) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CRAWFORD & CO (CRD.A) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • CRD.A, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 21.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • CRD.A's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.30 is sturdy.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market, CRAWFORD & CO's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Insurance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 69.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.83 million to $3.32 million.
  • The gross profit margin for CRAWFORD & CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.08% trails that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CRD.A Ratings Report

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