Critical Analysis: Relx (RELX) & Its Peers

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


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 35.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Relx has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx’s rivals have a beta of 1.02, indicating that their average stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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 4.41% 18.09% 4.08%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Relx and its rivals revenue, earnings per share 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 1,466.84

Relx has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Relx and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx 0 0 2 0 3.00
Relx Competitors 76 544 717 6 2.49

As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 1.33%. Given Relx’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Relx has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.4% of Relx shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


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

About Relx

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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