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Royal Dutch Shell B paid a total dividend of 5,394 million GBP last year, for a market capitalization of 81,438 millions. Dividend per share of Royal Dutch Shell B is 1.44 GBP, and his stock market price 21.74 GBP.
According to the chart below, where dividend yield is displayed, Royal Dutch Shell B has a dividend yield of 6.62%, which is higher than the amount offered by both the market average and companies from UK. It is also bigger than average of Oil and Gas industry. This high dividend yield might be a sign to worry about the future of the company so deeper analysis is needed.
About the ability of Royal Dutch Shell B to maintain his current dividend of GBP 1.44 per share, an amount that accounts for 6.62%, we should study its payout ratio both on earnings and on cash-flows (see chart below). Royal Dutch Shell B payout on ernings is currently 369.23%, which is higher than the market average, and companies of Oil and Gas industry, which are 40.24% and 35.63% respectively. Both figures show that Royal Dutch Shell B can have problems to keep with his present dividend yield.
The payout on earnings should be complemented with the payout on cash flow since it is this latter amount the one which can be distributed to shareholders. Cash flow per share of Royal Dutch Shell B is GBP 1.56 per share, which is higher than the dividend per share paid by the company of GBP 1.44, so the company generates enough cash to maintain his dividend in the future.
The following figure shows payout ratios over earnings and cashflow of Royal Dutch Shell B, compared againt world market average, UK companies, Oil and Gas industry and Oil and Gas Producers sector companies. You might also need to check full financial report of Royal Dutch Shell B.
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