Comparing Allianz (AZSEY) & Crawford & Company Class B (NYSE:CRD.B)

Crawford & Company Class B (OTCMKTS: AZSEY) and Allianz (OTCMKTS:AZSEY) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.5% of Crawford & Company Class B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Allianz shares are held by institutional investors. 51.0% of Crawford & Company Class B shares are held by company 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.

Risk & Volatility

Crawford & Company Class B has a beta of 1.49, indicating that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allianz has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Crawford & Company Class B pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Allianz pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Crawford & Company Class B pays out 23.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Allianz pays out 40.7% 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Crawford & Company Class B and Allianz, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford & Company Class B 0 0 1 0 3.00
Allianz 0 5 3 0 2.38

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford & Company Class B 1.35% 25.51% 6.11%
Allianz N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crawford & Company Class B and Allianz’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford & Company Class B $1.16 billion 0.41 $27.66 million $0.87 10.02
Allianz $123.78 billion 0.76 $7.69 billion $1.72 12.36

Allianz has higher revenue and earnings than Crawford & Company Class B. Crawford & Company Class B is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Allianz, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Crawford & Company Class B beats Allianz on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crawford & Company Class B

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 Allianz

Allianz SE, together with its subsidiaries, provides property-casualty insurance, life/health insurance, and asset management products and services worldwide. The company's Property-Casualty segment offers various insurance products, including motor liability and own damage, accident, general liability, fire and property, legal expense, credit, and travel insurance products to private and corporate customers. Its Life/Health segment provides a range of life and health insurance products on an individual and a group basis, such as annuities, endowment and term insurance, and unit-linked and investment-oriented products, as well as private health, supplemental health, and long-term care insurance products. The company's Asset Management segment offers institutional and retail asset management products and services to third-party investors comprising equity and fixed income funds, as well as alternative products; and investment management services. Its Corporate and Other segment provides various banking products for corporate and retail clients; and alternative investment management services in the private equity, real estate, renewable energy, and infrastructure sectors. Allianz SE was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

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