Relx Plc (NYSE: RELX) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Relx Plc and John Wiley & Sons’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx Plc $9.57 billion 4.57 $2.89 billion N/A N/A
John Wiley & Sons N/A N/A N/A $1.96 N/A

Relx Plc has higher revenue and earnings than John Wiley & Sons.

Risk & Volatility

Relx Plc has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Relx Plc and John Wiley & Sons, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx Plc 0 1 5 0 2.83
John Wiley & Sons 0 1 1 0 2.50

John Wiley & Sons has a consensus target price of $53.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given John Wiley & Sons’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons is more favorable than Relx Plc.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.2% of Relx Plc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.6% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Relx Plc and John Wiley & Sons’ 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
John Wiley & Sons 6.61% 17.39% 6.17%

Summary

John Wiley & Sons beats Relx Plc on 7 of the 12 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.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

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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