Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE: BR) and Relx N.V. (NYSE:RENX) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Broadridge Financial Solutions and Relx N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Broadridge Financial Solutions 7.89% 37.99% 12.30%
Relx N.V. N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Broadridge Financial Solutions has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx N.V. has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Broadridge Financial Solutions and Relx N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Broadridge Financial Solutions 0 2 0 0 2.00
Relx N.V. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Broadridge Financial Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $74.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.40%. Given Broadridge Financial Solutions’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Broadridge Financial Solutions is more favorable than Relx N.V..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.8% of Broadridge Financial Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.1% of Relx N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Broadridge Financial Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Broadridge Financial Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Relx N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Broadridge Financial Solutions pays out 53.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Relx N.V. has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Relx N.V. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Broadridge Financial Solutions and Relx N.V.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Broadridge Financial Solutions $4.14 billion 2.30 $704.70 million $2.73 29.92
Relx N.V. $9.71 billion 4.47 $2.93 billion N/A N/A

Relx N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Broadridge Financial Solutions.

Summary

Broadridge Financial Solutions beats Relx N.V. on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Broadridge Financial Solutions Company Profile

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (Broadridge) is a provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporate issuers. The Company’s segments include Investor Communication Solutions, and Global Technology and Operations. The Company offers Bank/Broker-Dealer Investor Communication Solutions, Customer Communication Solutions, Corporate Issuer Solutions, Advisor Solutions and Mutual Fund and Retirement Solutions through Investor Communication Solutions segment. The Company offers a middle- and back-office securities processing platform for North American and global broker-dealers. Its services include investor and customer communications, securities processing, and data and analytics solutions. The Company delivers a range of solutions that helps its clients serve their retail and institutional customers across the entire investment lifecycle, including pre-trade, trade, and post-trade processing functionality.

Relx N.V. 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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