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Executive Summary

RELX PLC provides information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers in North America, Europe, and internationally. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with limited growth.


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Share Price & News

How has RELX's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: REL has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-2.0%

REL

-2.3%

GB Professional Services

-1.9%

GB Market


1 Year Return

-6.6%

REL

6.3%

GB Professional Services

-16.2%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: REL underperformed the UK Professional Services industry which returned 8.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: REL exceeded the UK Market which returned -14.8% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

RELIndustryMarket
7 Day-2.0%-2.3%-1.9%
30 Day-3.4%-1.3%0.7%
90 Day-2.8%1.4%-4.8%
1 Year-4.1%-6.6%8.3%6.3%-13.0%-16.2%
3 Year5.9%-1.8%27.2%18.8%-9.4%-20.6%
5 Year61.4%42.5%96.7%74.8%13.5%-12.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is RELX's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is RELX undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

25.05x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: REL (£16.53) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£15.94)

Significantly Below Fair Value: REL is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: REL's PE Ratio (25.1x) is in line with the GB Professional Services industry average.

PE vs Market: REL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.1x) compared to the UK market (18.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: REL is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: REL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (15.3x) compared to the GB Professional Services industry average (2.3x).


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Future Growth

How is RELX forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 18 analysts?

12.3%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: REL's forecast earnings growth (12.3% per year) is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: REL's earnings (12.3% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (24.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: REL's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: REL's revenue (5.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the UK market (6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: REL's revenue (5.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: REL's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (60.3%).


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Past Performance

How has RELX performed over the past 5 years?

8.2%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: REL has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: REL's current net profit margins (17%) are lower than last year (19.7%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: REL's earnings have grown by 8.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: REL's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: REL had negative earnings growth (-16.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Professional Services industry average (-16.3%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst REL's Return on Equity (60.66%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.


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Financial Health

How is RELX's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: REL's short term assets (£2.2B) do not cover its short term liabilities (£4.8B).

Long Term Liabilities: REL's short term assets (£2.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities (£8.1B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: REL's debt to equity ratio (357.7%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: REL's debt to equity ratio has increased from 215.1% to 357.7% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: REL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (25.2%).

Interest Coverage: REL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (9.7x coverage).


Balance Sheet


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Dividend

What is RELX current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

2.76%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: REL's dividend (2.76%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.83%).

High Dividend: REL's dividend (2.76%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.32%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: REL's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: REL's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (69.3%), REL's dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: REL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (49.1% payout ratio).


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

7.4yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Erik Engstrom (57 yo)

10.92yrs

Tenure

UK£8,682,000

Compensation

Mr. Erik Engstrom is Non-Executive Director of Smith & Nephew plc since January 1, 2015. He was a Partner at General Atlantic Partners. He has been Chief Executive Officer of RELX Group plc (formerly known ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Erik's total compensation ($USD11.41M) is above average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD4.87M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Erik's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Erik Engstrom
CEO & Executive Director10.92yrsUK£8.68m0.053%
£ 16.8m
Nicholas Luff
CFO & Executive Director6.5yrsUK£4.51m0.014%
£ 4.5m
Kumsal Besson
Chief Executive Officer of Scientific1.75yrsno datano data
Colin Tennant
Head of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Henry Udow
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary9.58yrsno data0.022%
£ 6.9m
Paul Abrahams
Head of Corporate Communicationsno datano datano data
Jelena Sevo
Chief Strategy Officer1.75yrsno datano data
Michael Walsh
Chief Executive Officer of Legal9.75yrsno datano data
Hugh Jones
Chief Executive Officer of Exhibitions0.75yrno datano data
Mark Kelsey
Chief Executive Officer of Risk & Business Analytics8.75yrsno datano data

7.4yrs

Average Tenure

55yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: REL's management team is seasoned and experienced (7.4 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Erik Engstrom
CEO & Executive Director10.92yrsUK£8.68m0.053%
£ 16.8m
Nicholas Luff
CFO & Executive Director6.5yrsUK£4.51m0.014%
£ 4.5m
Andrew Sukawaty
Independent Non-Executive Director1.5yrsUK£76.70k0.0010%
£ 331.0k
Linda Sanford
Non-Executive Director7.83yrsUK£121.34k0.00050%
£ 159.1k
Anthony Habgood
Independent Non-Executive Chairman11.33yrsUK£651.67k0.0046%
£ 1.5m
June Felix
Non-Executive Directorno datano datano data
Marike Van Lier Lels
Independent Non-Executive Director5.25yrsUK£125.42k0.00057%
£ 181.4k
Wolfhart Hauser
Senior Independent Director4.5yrsUK£159.50k0.00076%
£ 241.9k
Robert MacLeod
Non-Executive Director4.5yrsUK£109.67k0.00036%
£ 114.6k
Suzanne Wood
Independent Non-Executive Director3.08yrsUK£121.34k0.00026%
£ 82.7k
Charlotte Hogg
Independent Non-Executive Director0.83yrUK£3.27k0.00013%
£ 41.4k

4.9yrs

Average Tenure

61yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: REL's board of directors are considered experienced (4.9 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: REL insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

RELX PLC's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: RELX PLC
  • Ticker: REL
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1903
  • Industry: Research and Consulting Services
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: UK£31.824b
  • Shares outstanding: 1.93b
  • Website: https://www.relx.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • RELX PLC
  • 1-3 Strand
  • London
  • Greater London
  • WC2N 5JR
  • United Kingdom

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
RELXNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)SPON ADS EACH REPR 0.25 ORD SHS GBP0.144USUSDJan 1991
RDEDDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)SPON ADS EACH REPR 0.25 ORD SHS GBP0.144DEEURJan 1991
RLXX.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesPLC Ordinary SharesUSUSDJan 1992
RELLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesPLC Ordinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992
RDEBDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesPLC Ordinary SharesDEEURJan 1992
RELLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesPLC Ordinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992
RENENXTAM (Euronext Amsterdam)YesPLC Ordinary SharesNLEURJan 1992
REL NBMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesPLC Ordinary SharesMXMXNJan 1992

Biography

RELX PLC provides information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Scientific, Techni ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/10/21 21:55
End of Day Share Price2020/10/21 00:00
Earnings2020/06/30
Annual Earnings2019/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.