Financial Survey: John Wiley & Sons (JW.A) vs. RELX N.V. (RENX)

RELX N.V. (NYSE: RENX) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for RELX N.V. and John Wiley & Sons, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RELX N.V. 0 0 0 0 N/A
John Wiley & Sons 0 1 1 0 2.50

John Wiley & Sons has a consensus price target of $54.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given John Wiley & Sons’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons is more favorable than RELX N.V..


This table compares RELX N.V. and John Wiley & Sons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Wiley & Sons 6.61% 17.39% 6.17%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.1% of RELX N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.6% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of John Wiley & Sons shares 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.


RELX N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share. John Wiley & Sons pays out 65.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares RELX N.V. and John Wiley & Sons’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RELX N.V. $9.57 billion 4.38 $2.89 billion N/A N/A
John Wiley & Sons N/A N/A N/A $1.96 N/A

RELX N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than John Wiley & Sons.

Volatility & Risk

RELX N.V. has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.


John Wiley & Sons beats RELX N.V. on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About RELX N.V.

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.

About John Wiley & Sons

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.

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