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

Risk & Volatility

Relx has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx’s rivals have a beta of 1.00, meaning that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.4% 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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Relx pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Relx and its rivals’ 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 4.49% 18.17% 4.12%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx $9.91 billion $1.57 billion N/A
Relx Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,476.90

Relx has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx 0 0 2 0 3.00
Relx Competitors 76 544 719 6 2.49

As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.42%. Given Relx’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Relx has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Relx rivals beat Relx on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Relx Company Profile

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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