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Executive Summary

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Reasonable growth potential and slightly overvalued.

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Share Price & News

How has Royal Dutch Shell's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: RDS.A is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: RDS.A's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Oil and Gas


US Market

1 Year Return




US Oil and Gas


US Market

Return vs Industry: RDS.A underperformed the US Oil and Gas industry which returned 24.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: RDS.A underperformed the US Market which returned 36.2% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day6.9%9.9%-0.4%
30 Day19.8%22.5%-2.3%
90 Day14.7%30.0%5.0%
1 Year8.3%4.7%33.5%24.8%39.1%36.2%
3 Year-20.5%-30.7%-6.2%-19.3%48.4%39.0%
5 Year17.0%-9.2%11.9%-9.9%116.6%92.4%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

Simply Wall St News


Is Royal Dutch Shell undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: RDS.A ($43.85) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($54.07)

Significantly Below Fair Value: RDS.A is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: RDS.A is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US Oil and Gas industry average.

PE vs Market: RDS.A is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate RDS.A's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: RDS.A is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.1x) compared to the US Oil and Gas industry average (1.5x).

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Future Growth

How is Royal Dutch Shell forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 25 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: RDS.A is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: RDS.A is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: RDS.A's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: RDS.A's revenue (11.8% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (10% per year).

High Growth Revenue: RDS.A's revenue (11.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: RDS.A's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (10%).

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Past Performance

How has Royal Dutch Shell performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: RDS.A is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: RDS.A is currently unprofitable.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: RDS.A is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 5.3% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare RDS.A's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: RDS.A is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Oil and Gas industry (-39%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: RDS.A has a negative Return on Equity (-13.58%), as it is currently unprofitable.

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Financial Health

How is Royal Dutch Shell's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: RDS.A's short term assets ($90.7B) exceed its short term liabilities ($74.0B).

Long Term Liabilities: RDS.A's short term assets ($90.7B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($146.8B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: RDS.A's debt to equity ratio (47.1%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: RDS.A's debt to equity ratio has increased from 31.9% to 47.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: RDS.A's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (45.7%).

Interest Coverage: RDS.A is unprofitable, therefore interest payments are not well covered by earnings.

Balance Sheet

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What is Royal Dutch Shell current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: RDS.A's dividend (3.02%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.31%).

High Dividend: RDS.A's dividend (3.02%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.64%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: RDS.A's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: RDS.A's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: RDS.A is paying a dividend but the company is unprofitable.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: RDS.A's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (33.9% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


Ben Van Beurden (62 yo)





Mr. Ben van Beurden has been the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc since January 1, 2014. Mr. van Beurden served as Downstream Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc since January 1, 2013 until S...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Ben's total compensation ($USD11.18M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.58M).

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

Leadership Team

Ben Van Beurden
CEO & Director7.17yrsUS$11.18m0.014%
$ 22.4m
Jessica Uhl
CFO & Executive Director4yrsUS$6.74m0.0040%
$ 6.5m
Harry Brekelmans
Projects & Technology Director6.42yrsno datano data
Tjerk Huysinga
Executive Vice President of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Donny Ching
Legal Directorno datano data0.0044%
$ 7.2m
Edward Daniels
Executive Vice President of Strategy & Portfolio7.17yrsno datano data
Ronan Cassidy
Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer5.17yrsno datano data
Ann Pickard
Executive Vice President of Arctic - Upstream Americas15.5yrsno datano data
Wai Kiew Loh
Head of global Shell Marine Products Business15.33yrsno datano data
Russell Caplan
Chairman of Australian Unit15.08yrsno datano data
Graham van't Hoff
Executive Vice President of Chemicals8.17yrsno datano data
Olivier Lazar
Head of Russian Subdivision8.17yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: RDS.A's management team is seasoned and experienced (7.7 years average tenure).

Board Members

Ben Van Beurden
CEO & Director7.17yrsUS$11.18m0.014%
$ 22.4m
Jessica Uhl
CFO & Executive Director4yrsUS$6.74m0.0040%
$ 6.5m
Charles Holliday
Independent Chairman5.83yrsUS$1.03m0.0013%
$ 2.1m
Ann Godbehere
Independent Non-Executive Director2.83yrsUS$199.75k0.00026%
$ 426.3k
Neil Andrew Carson
Independent Non-Executive Director1.75yrsUS$111.10k0.00021%
$ 344.3k
Yiu Kiang Goh
Deputy Chair & Senior Independent Director1.17yrsUS$225.56k0.00017%
$ 278.7k
How Lim
Executive Chairman of Shell Companies15.5yrsno datano data
Catherine Hughes
Independent Non-Executive Director3.75yrsUS$224.44k0.00078%
$ 1.3m
Gerrit Zalm
Independent Non-Executive Director8.17yrsUS$198.63k0.000030%
$ 49.2k
Dick Boer
Independent Non-Executive Director0.83yrno datano data
Nigel Sheinwald
Independent Non-Executive Director8.67yrsUS$209.85k0.000010%
$ 16.4k
Swee Chen Goh
Chairman of Shell Companies in Singaporeno datano datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: RDS.A's board of directors are considered experienced (4 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

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

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Royal Dutch Shell plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Ticker: RDS.A
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1907
  • Industry: Integrated Oil and Gas
  • Sector: Energy
  • Market Cap: €137.635b
  • Listing Market Cap: €163.968b
  • Shares outstanding: 7.77b
  • Website: https://www.shell.com

Number of Employees


  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
  • The Hague
  • Zuid-Holland
  • 2596 HR
  • Netherlands


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
RDSBASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange)CEDEAR EACH REP 0.5 'B'ADRARARSMay 2004
RDSALSE (London Stock Exchange)YesClass A SharesGBGBPJan 2005
RDSAENXTAM (Euronext Amsterdam)YesClass A SharesNLEURJan 2005
R6CDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesClass A SharesDEEURJan 2005
RDSASWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesClass A SharesCHCHFJan 2005
RYDA.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesClass A SharesUSUSDJan 2005
R6CXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesClass A SharesDEEURJan 2005
RDSAABATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesClass A SharesGBEURJan 2005
RDSALBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesClass A SharesGBGBPJan 2005
R6CDBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesClass A SharesGBEURJan 2005
RDSASEP (The Stock Exchange Prague Co. Ltd.)YesClass A SharesCZCZKJan 2005
RDSBLSE (London Stock Exchange)Class B SharesGBGBPJul 2005
RDSBENXTAM (Euronext Amsterdam)Class B SharesNLEURJul 2005
R6C3DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)Class B SharesDEEURJul 2005
R6C1DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)SPONS ADR ADEEURJul 2005
R6C2DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)SPON ADR BDEEURJul 2005
RDS ABMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)SPONS ADR AMXMXNJul 2005
RDS BBMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)SPON ADR BMXMXNJul 2005
RDS.BNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)SPON ADR BUSUSDJul 2005
RDS.ANYSE (New York Stock Exchange)SPONS ADR AUSUSDJul 2005
RYDB.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)Class B SharesUSUSDJul 2005
R6C3XTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)Class B SharesDEEURJul 2005
RDSBLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')Class B SharesGBGBPJul 2005
RDSBABATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')Class B SharesGBEURJul 2005
RDSBSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)Class B SharesCHCHFJul 2005
RDSA35BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 4 REPR 1 ADRBRBRLOct 2020


Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, and Downstream segments. It explores for and extracts crude oil, natu...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/03/07 00:17
End of Day Share Price2021/03/05 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/12/31

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.