Crawford & Company (CRD.A) vs. eHealth (EHTH) Critical Contrast

eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.A) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

Crawford & Company pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. eHealth does not pay a dividend.



Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.6% of eHealth shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.8% of Crawford & Company shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of eHealth shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 48.8% of Crawford & Company shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
eHealth $172.35 million 4.28 -$25.41 million ($1.28) -29.69
Crawford & Company $1.16 billion 0.42 $27.66 million N/A N/A

Crawford & Company has higher revenue and earnings than eHealth.

Volatility & Risk

eHealth has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crawford & Company has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
eHealth -30.13% -17.79% -13.29%
Crawford & Company 1.03% 23.46% 5.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for eHealth and Crawford & Company, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
eHealth 0 0 3 0 3.00
Crawford & Company 0 0 1 0 3.00

eHealth presently has a consensus target price of $35.67, suggesting a potential downside of 6.14%. Crawford & Company has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.99%. Given Crawford & Company’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crawford & Company is more favorable than eHealth.

Summary

Crawford & Company beats eHealth on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About eHealth

eHealth, Inc. provides private online health insurance exchange services to individuals, families, and small businesses in the United States and China. The company operates through two segments, Medicare; and Individual, Family and Small Business. Its e-commerce platforms organize and present health insurance information in various formats that enable individuals, families, and small businesses to research, analyze, compare, and purchase a range of health insurance plans. The company's Medicare-related health insurance plans include Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare part D prescription drug plans; and ancillary products, including dental, vision, life, and short and long term disability insurance plans. It markets health insurance plans through its Websites, such as eHealth.com, eHealthInsurance.com, eHealthMedicare.com, Medicare.com, PlanPrescriber.com, and GoMedigap.com, as well as through a network of marketing partners. The company also licenses its health insurance e-commerce technology that enables health insurance carriers and agents to market and distribute health insurance plans online; and provides online sponsorship and advertising services. eHealth, Inc. was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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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