Relx (RENX) & Its Rivals Critical Comparison

Relx (NYSE: RENX) is one of 22 public companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Relx to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Relx pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 38.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Relx and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx $9.31 billion $1.57 billion N/A
Relx Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,485.78

Relx has higher revenue and earnings than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Relx has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx’s peers have a beta of 1.00, suggesting that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Relx and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx 0 0 0 0 N/A
Relx Competitors 76 542 715 6 2.49

As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.01%. Given Relx’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Relx has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Relx and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Relx N/A N/A N/A
Relx Competitors 4.01% 17.96% 4.01%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.2% of Relx shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.5% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Relx peers beat Relx on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

Relx Company Profile

RELX NV is a holding company, which holds interests in RELX Group plc. RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The Company operates in four segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal, and Exhibitions. The Company’s Scientific, Technical & Medical segment provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science and advance healthcare. The Risk & Business Analytics segment provides solutions and decision tools that combine public and industry-specific content with technology and analytics. The Legal segment is a provider of information and analytics to professionals in legal, corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Its Exhibitions segment consists of Reed Exhibitions, which is an exhibitions business, with events in over 30 countries.

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