4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Crawford & Company


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, claims management provider Crawford & Company (NYS: CRD.B) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Crawford's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Crawford facts

Headquarters (founded)

Atlanta (1941)

Market Cap

$256.1 million


Insurance broker

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.1 billion


CEO Jeffrey Bowman (since 2007)

CFO W. Bruce Swain, Jr. (since 2006)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$77.6 million / $214.9 million

Dividend Yield


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 89% of the 44 members who have rated Crawford believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, All-Star joryko, tapped Crawford as a particularly timely bargain pick:

  • Oversold with the recent drop in price.

  • 2012 EPS: 52 to 62 cents expected. Sets forward PE somewhere around 7 or 8.

  • $1.44 in cash per share and manageable debt at over $200 million.

  • Holds an equity return of 38 to 40% and expects to fire up its $0.02 quarterly dividend in Q2 again.

  • Expected 10% decrease in revenues for 2012 has played a part in the stock's decline but it has been overdone as [Crawford] plummeted more than 30%.

  • I see it as a good valuation play for the next year or so, as it (hopefully) rebounds back to the $6 to $7 mark.

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