Royal Dutch Shell Stock – A Look At Royal Dutch Shell’s (AMS:RDSA) Share price Returns
For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. Unfortunately, that’s been the case for longer term Royal Dutch Shell plc (AMS:RDSA) shareholders, since the share price is down 41% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 27%.
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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
Over the three years that the share price declined, Royal Dutch Shell’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped significantly, falling to a loss. Due to the loss, it’s not easy to use EPS as a reliable guide to the business. But it’s safe to say we’d generally expect the share price to be lower as a result!
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Royal Dutch Shell’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Royal Dutch Shell the TSR over the last 3 years was -31%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Royal Dutch Shell shareholders gained a total return of 11% during the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. On the bright side, that’s still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 0.5% endured over half a decade. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with Royal Dutch Shell , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NL exchanges.
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