S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) and RELX PLC (NYSE:RELX) are both large-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for S&P Global and RELX PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 2 7 0 2.78
RELX PLC 0 1 5 0 2.83

S&P Global currently has a consensus price target of $158.44, indicating a potential downside of 2.26%. Given S&P Global’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe S&P Global is more favorable than RELX PLC.

Risk & Volatility

S&P Global has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RELX PLC has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. RELX PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. S&P Global pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.6% of S&P Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.2% of RELX PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are owned by insiders. 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.

Profitability

This table compares S&P Global and RELX PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 38.78% 202.37% 18.20%
RELX PLC N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares S&P Global and RELX PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
S&P Global $5.80 billion 7.18 $2.66 billion $8.56 18.94
RELX PLC $9.71 billion 4.70 $2.93 billion N/A N/A

RELX PLC has higher revenue and earnings than S&P Global.

Summary

S&P Global beats RELX PLC on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

About RELX PLC

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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