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Has Shell’s Dividend Yield Risen?

Maitali Ramkumar - Author

Jun. 4 2019, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

Shell’s dividend per share

In the second quarter, Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A) stock price has fallen 1%. Shell’s implied volatility has risen in the second quarter. Now, we’ll discuss Shell’s dividend yield trend. First, we’ll discuss Shell’s dividend payment in the second quarter.

Shell’s dividend payments have stayed steady in the past few years. In the second quarter, Shell will pay a dividend of $0.94 per share. The dividend was announced on May 2. Shell’s second-quarter dividend payment has stayed flat compared to the second quarter of 2018.

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Shell’s dividend yield

Shell’s dividend yield is 6.1%. The dividend yield has risen from 5.3% in the second quarter of 2018. The yield rose due to a fall in Shell’s stock price during the stated period. From the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter, Shell stock has fallen 11%.

Shell has been taking measures to improve shareholders’ returns. Shell intends to buy back shares of ~$25 billion by 2020 to share higher earnings and cash flows with its shareholders.

Recently, Shell announced the latest tranche of its share buyback program. The company will buy up to ~$2.5 billion worth of shares until July 29. In previous tranches, the company repurchased $6.75 billion of aggregate shares.

Peers’ dividend yield

Shell’s peers with lower dividend yields include ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Equinor (EQNR) and PetroChina (PTR). Their current dividend yields are 4.9%, 4.2%, 5.0%, and 4.8%, respectively. BP’s (BP) current dividend yield at 6.0% is marginally lower than Shell.


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