Relx Plc (NYSE: RELX) and Thomson Reuters Corp (NYSE:TRI) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Relx Plc and Thomson Reuters Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Relx Plc N/A N/A N/A
Thomson Reuters Corp 26.81% 13.64% 6.42%

Volatility and Risk

Relx Plc has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Thomson Reuters Corp has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.2% of Relx Plc shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.5% of Thomson Reuters Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Thomson Reuters Corp pays an annual dividend of $1.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Thomson Reuters Corp pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Relx Plc has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Relx Plc and Thomson Reuters Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx Plc 0 1 5 0 2.83
Thomson Reuters Corp 1 8 4 0 2.23

Thomson Reuters Corp has a consensus price target of $49.55, suggesting a potential upside of 8.06%. Given Thomson Reuters Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Thomson Reuters Corp is more favorable than Relx Plc.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Relx Plc and Thomson Reuters Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx Plc $9.57 billion 4.59 $2.89 billion N/A N/A
Thomson Reuters Corp $11.20 billion 2.93 $2.52 billion $4.07 11.27

Relx Plc has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Thomson Reuters Corp.

Summary

Relx Plc beats Thomson Reuters Corp on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Relx Plc 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.

Thomson Reuters Corp Company Profile

Thomson Reuters Corporation (Thomson Reuters) is a provider of news and information for professional markets. The Company is organized in three business units: Financial & Risk, Legal, and Tax & Accounting. The Financial & Risk segment is a provider of critical news, information and analytics, enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investment, financial and corporate professionals. The Legal segment is a provider of critical online and print information, decision tools, software and services that support legal, investigation, business and government professionals around the world. The Tax & Accounting segment is a provider of integrated tax compliance and accounting information, software and services for professionals in accounting firms, corporations, law firms and government. The Company also operates Reuters, Global Growth Organization (GGO), and Enterprise Technology & Operations (ET&O). Thomson Reuters operates in over 100 countries.

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