Relx Plc (NYSE: RELX) and TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.2% of Relx Plc shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of TransUnion shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Relx Plc has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransUnion has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. TransUnion does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Relx Plc and TransUnion, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx Plc 0 1 5 0 2.83
TransUnion 0 1 7 0 2.88

TransUnion has a consensus price target of $47.13, suggesting a potential downside of 4.59%. Given TransUnion’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TransUnion is more favorable than Relx Plc.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx Plc $9.46 billion 4.75 $2.86 billion N/A N/A
TransUnion $1.80 billion 4.99 $636.70 million $1.16 42.58

Relx Plc has higher revenue and earnings than TransUnion.

Profitability

This table compares Relx Plc and TransUnion’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
TransUnion 12.08% 20.32% 6.22%

Summary

TransUnion beats Relx Plc on 9 of the 14 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.

TransUnion Company Profile

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses. The International segment provides services similar to its USIS segment to businesses in select regions outside the United States. The Consumer Interactive segment offers solutions that help consumers manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. Businesses uses its solutions for their process workflows to assess consumer ability to pay for services, measure and manage debt portfolio risk, collect debt, verify consumer identities and investigate potential fraud.

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