Critical Comparison: AXA Equitable (EQH) versus Crawford & Company (CRD.A)

AXA Equitable (NYSE:EQH) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.A) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.8% of AXA Equitable shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.6% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.8% of Crawford & Company shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AXA Equitable N/A N/A N/A
Crawford & Company 1.35% 25.51% 6.11%

Dividends

AXA Equitable pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Crawford & Company pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for AXA Equitable and Crawford & Company, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AXA Equitable 0 4 8 0 2.67
Crawford & Company 0 0 1 0 3.00

AXA Equitable presently has a consensus target price of $25.45, suggesting a potential upside of 23.51%. Crawford & Company has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.73%. Given AXA Equitable’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AXA Equitable is more favorable than Crawford & Company.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AXA Equitable 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 AXA Equitable.

Summary

Crawford & Company beats AXA Equitable on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AXA Equitable

AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. provides various financial services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Individual Retirement, Group Retirement, Investment Management and Research, and Protection Solutions. The Individual Retirement segment offers a suite of variable annuity products, which are primarily sold to affluent and high net worth individuals. The Group Retirement segment provides tax-deferred investment and retirement plans sponsored by educational entities, municipalities, and not-for-profit entities, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. The Investment Management and Research segment offers diversified investment management, research, and related solutions to a range of clients; and distributes its institutional research products and solutions. The Protection Solutions segment provides a range of universal life, indexed universal life, and term life products to help affluent and high net worth individuals, as well as small and medium-sized business owners; and a suite of life, short- and long-term disability, dental, and vision insurance products to small and medium-size businesses. The company was founded in 1859 and is based in New York, New York. AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of AXA S.A.

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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