Atlanta, GA – Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD-A and CRD-B) recently announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
The Company’s two classes of stock are substantially identical, except with respect to voting rights and the Company’s ability to pay greater cash dividends on the non-voting Class A Common Stock (CRD-A) than on the voting Class B Common Stock (CRD-B), subject to certain limitations. In addition, with respect to mergers or similar transactions, holders of CRD-A must receive the same type and amount of consideration as holders of CRD-B, unless different consideration is approved by the holders of 75% of CRD-A, voting as a class.
Mr. Harsha V. Agadi, president and chief executive officer of Crawford & Company, stated, “For the 2019 second quarter, on a constant currency basis and excluding GCG, we delivered 6% operating earnings growth on revenues that were essentially flat year over year and strong sequential improvement over our first quarter operating earnings. Importantly, the strategic investments that we have made in our salespeople to drive market share and in new product development are firmly taking hold. This can clearly be seen in our new business development where we have seen a sharp acceleration in new client wins. Through the second quarter we have signed $47.0 million in annual revenue value from new customers, which compares to $30.0 million for the first six months of 2018. This success and our growing new business development pipeline provide confidence in our full year outlook.
We have also been working to transition Crawford towards more predictable, recurring revenue business as we strive to reduce the volatility from weather. To accomplish this, we have shifted our investment in technology over the last year towards transformational efforts versus maintenance spending as we work to create solutions designed to solve our clients’ most complex challenges. Our goal is to be a leader in the outsourced claims market and offer our clients industry-leading solutions designed to solve their most complex challenges. Along these lines, I am very excited with a key new client win with a top 15 P&C carrier in the United States who outsourced the handling of their small business claims to us. Claims management is our expertise, and we can offer an industry-leading end-to-end solution at a more effective cost to the client. Looking forward, handling small and medium carriers’ claims on an outsourced basis represents a large and untapped market opportunity which will ultimately increase the predictability of our revenues and cash flow.
While I am pleased with where our business is positioned and confident in the outlook, I am also very encouraged with the success that we have achieved improving our cash generation while remaining disciplined on expenses. Through the second quarter, we generated a $27.4 million year-over-year increase in operating cash flow and our free cash flow improved by $37.1 million over the prior year period. We will continue to be disciplined and use our capital to drive value for shareholders through a disciplined capital allocation strategy focused on investment in the business, accretive M&A, and returning capital to shareholders through a consistent quarterly dividend and share repurchases. Of note, we have bought back 701,506 shares of CRD-A and 1,449,240 of CRD-B at an average cost of $9.11 per share, year to date, representing 4% of our outstanding shares.”
Mr. Agadi concluded, “We continue to make strong progress positioning Crawford not only for growth but also for continued leadership in the outsourced claims industry. Our new business wins are accelerating as a result of our investment in people, products, and innovation. Additionally, our clients are seeing the many benefits that we can provide and are beginning to outsource large portions of their claims to Crawford which is an exciting growth opportunity. While our new clients’ business will take time to ramp, we remain firmly on track to deliver our longer term goal of achieving 5% revenue growth and 15% earnings growth, annually.”
Segment Results for the Second Quarter
Crawford TPA Solutions: Broadspire
Crawford TPA Solutions: Broadspire segment revenues before reimbursements were $99.5 million in the 2019 second quarter, decreasing from $102.6 million in the 2018 second quarter. Changes in foreign exchange rates resulted in a decrease in revenues of approximately 1.3%, or $1.3 million, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared with the 2018 period. Additionally, 2019 revenues were negatively impacted by decreased cases received.
Excluding centralized indirect support costs, gross profit decreased to $23.7 million, or a gross margin of 23.8% in 2019 from $26.5 million, or a gross margin of 25.8% in 2018, as lower direct expenses did not offset the lower revenues. After allocation of indirect costs, Crawford TPA Solutions: Broadspire recorded operating earnings of $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2019 representing an operating margin of 5.1% compared with $8.1 million, or 7.9% of revenues, in the 2018 second quarter.
The complete results release is available here: Crawford & Company Reports 2019 Second Quarter Results
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