How to buy Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Royal Dutch Shell shares.

Royal Dutch Shell plc
- p7.00 ( - 0.40%)

Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDSA) is a leading oil and gas integrated business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1633.8p after a previous close of 1655p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1629.2p to a high of 1661.4p. The latest price was 1647.8p (25 minute delay). Royal Dutch Shell is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 87,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Royal Dutch Shell

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  4. Search the platform for stock code: RDSA in this case.
  5. Research Royal Dutch Shell shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Royal Dutch Shell shares. It's that simple.
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How has coronavirus impacted Royal Dutch Shell's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Royal Dutch Shell's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 1749.2p, which is 7.34% down on its pre-crash value of 1887.8p and 84.89% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 946.1p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Royal Dutch Shell shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £573.96 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £890.52.

Royal Dutch Shell share price (LSE:RDSA)

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Royal Dutch Shell shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-01.
Previous close1655p
Change %-0.435%
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range877.6253p - 1775.4p
50-day moving average1553.1222p
200-day moving average1452.0555p
Wall St. target price20.52p
PE ratio33.8815
Dividend yield74.7p (4.28%)
Earnings per share (TTM)52.3p
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Is it a good time to buy Royal Dutch Shell stock?

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Is Royal Dutch Shell under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Royal Dutch Shell's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 34x. In other words, Royal Dutch Shell shares trade at around 34x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

However, Royal Dutch Shell's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the oil & gas integrated industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Royal Dutch Shell's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4236. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Royal Dutch Shell's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Royal Dutch Shell's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Royal Dutch Shell's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £53.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Royal Dutch Shell's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


Revenue TTM £204.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.13%
Gross profit TTM £39.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.36%
Return on equity TTM 3.58%
Profit margin 2.72%
Book value 21.566p
Market capitalisation £138.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Royal Dutch Shell.

Total ESG risk score

Royal Dutch Shell's total ESG risk: 34.84

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Royal Dutch Shell's overall score of 34.84 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 74th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Royal Dutch Shell is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Royal Dutch Shell's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Royal Dutch Shell's environmental score: 15.27/100

Royal Dutch Shell's environmental score of 15.27 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Royal Dutch Shell is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Royal Dutch Shell's social score: 8.24/100

Royal Dutch Shell's social score of 8.24 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Royal Dutch Shell is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Royal Dutch Shell's governance score: 8.33/100

Royal Dutch Shell's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Royal Dutch Shell is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Royal Dutch Shell's controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Royal Dutch Shell scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Royal Dutch Shell has a damaged public profile.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Royal Dutch Shell plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 34.84
Total ESG percentile 74.32
Environmental score 15.27
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 8.24
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 8.33
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 4

Royal Dutch Shell share dividends


Dividend yield: 4.28% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 3.05% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 1.06% of net profits

Royal Dutch Shell has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 4.28% of its share value annually.

Royal Dutch Shell has paid out, on average, around 1.06% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.05% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 3.05% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Royal Dutch Shell's case, that would currently equate to about 74.7p per share.

While Royal Dutch Shell's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Royal Dutch Shell's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Royal Dutch Shell's shares ever split?

Royal Dutch Shell's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 July 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Royal Dutch Shell shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Royal Dutch Shell shares which in turn could have impacted Royal Dutch Shell's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Royal Dutch Shell's shares have ranged in value from as little as 877.6253p up to 1775.4p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RDSA.LSE volatility(beta: 1.01)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Royal Dutch Shell's is 1.0062. This would suggest that Royal Dutch Shell's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put Royal Dutch Shell's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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