Comparing IHS (IHS) & Relx Plc (RELX)

Relx Plc (NYSE: RELX) and IHS (NYSE:IHS) are both mid-cap professional information services – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Relx Plc and IHS, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx Plc 0 0 3 0 3.00
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33

IHS has a consensus price target of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. Given IHS’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IHS is more favorable than Relx Plc.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.3% of Relx Plc shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Relx Plc has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IHS has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Relx Plc and IHS’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx Plc $9.91 billion 2.48 $1.57 billion $0.42 55.02
IHS N/A N/A N/A $2.69 43.59

Relx Plc has higher revenue and earnings than IHS. IHS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Relx Plc, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Relx Plc and IHS’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
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%


Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. IHS does not pay a dividend. Relx Plc pays out 114.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


IHS beats Relx Plc on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About IHS

IHS Inc. develops source of information, insight and analytics in different areas of business. The Company’s segments include Resources, Transportation and Consolidated Markets & Solutions. The Company’s Resources segment includes its Energy and Chemicals product offerings. Its Transportation segment includes its Automotive; Maritime & Trade, and Aerospace, Defense & Security product offerings. Its Consolidated Markets & Solutions segment includes its Product Design; Technology, Media & Telecom, and Economics & Country Risk product offerings. It provides authoritative analysis and forecasts of sales and production for light vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, powertrain, components and technology systems across various markets. Its product design offerings include content and analysis on various engineering and technical standards, codes, reference books, journals, and other scientific and technical documents, as well as software-based engineering decision engines.

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