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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for S&P Global and Relx N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 1 7 0 2.88
Relx N.V. 0 0 0 0 N/A

S&P Global currently has a consensus price target of $153.13, suggesting a potential downside of 2.36%. Given S&P Global’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe S&P Global is more favorable than Relx N.V..


This table compares S&P Global and Relx N.V.’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 N.V. N/A N/A N/A


S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Relx N.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. S&P Global pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.3% of S&P Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.1% of Relx N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares S&P Global and Relx N.V.’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 6.95 $2.66 billion $8.56 18.32
Relx N.V. $9.71 billion 4.41 $2.93 billion N/A N/A

Relx N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than S&P Global.

Risk and Volatility

S&P Global has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Relx N.V. has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.


S&P Global beats Relx N.V. 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 N.V.

RELX NV 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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