Brokerages Anticipate Crawford & Company (CRD.B) to Post $0.16 EPS

Wall Street brokerages expect Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) to announce $0.16 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have made estimates for Crawford & Company’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.19 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.14. Crawford & Company reported earnings of $0.13 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 23.1%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Monday, May 14th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Crawford & Company will report full-year earnings of $0.80 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.80 to $0.81. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will report earnings of $0.95 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.90 to $1.00. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover Crawford & Company.

Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, March 7th. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.10. Crawford & Company had a return on equity of 28.75% and a net margin of 2.38%. The firm had revenue of $298.77 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $275.30 million.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on CRD.B. ValuEngine downgraded Crawford & Company from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Crawford & Company from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Crawford & Company in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Finally, TheStreet cut Crawford & Company from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 5th.

Shares of CRD.B stock remained flat at $$8.37 on Tuesday. The company had a trading volume of 149 shares, compared to its average volume of 26,968. The company has a quick ratio of 1.44, a current ratio of 1.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07. Crawford & Company has a one year low of $7.89 and a one year high of $12.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $459.51 million, a P/E ratio of 9.62 and a beta of 1.86.

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.

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