FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS) and Relx Plc (NYSE:RELX) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for FactSet Research Systems and Relx Plc, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FactSet Research Systems 1 6 2 0 2.11
Relx Plc 0 0 2 0 3.00

FactSet Research Systems presently has a consensus target price of $180.22, suggesting a potential downside of 8.79%. Given FactSet Research Systems’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe FactSet Research Systems is more favorable than Relx Plc.

Profitability

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and Relx Plc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FactSet Research Systems 21.15% 55.76% 23.74%
Relx Plc N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

FactSet Research Systems pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. FactSet Research Systems pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Relx Plc has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years. Relx Plc is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and Relx Plc’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FactSet Research Systems $1.22 billion 6.33 $258.25 million $6.51 30.35
Relx Plc $9.91 billion 2.55 $1.57 billion N/A N/A

Relx Plc has higher revenue and earnings than FactSet Research Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.5% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.3% of Relx Plc shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

FactSet Research Systems has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx Plc has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

FactSet Research Systems beats Relx Plc on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc. is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas. The European segment maintains offices in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Dubai. The Asia Pacific segment maintains office locations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai, India. The Company delivers insight and information to investment professionals through its analytics, service, content, and technology. Its offerings include a complete services solution focused on verifying, cleaning and loading portfolio data across asset classes, and an execution management system. The Company offers third-party content through desktop, wireless and off-platform solutions.

About Relx Plc

RELX PLC 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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