Royal Dutch Shell plc

Shell, One of the oil giants


Presentation of the Company

Shell (LON: SHEL) is a anglo-dutch oil company, one of the biggest company both in the oil sector and in general by revenue. Their strategy is to strengthen their leadership position in the oil and gas industry, while « helping them meet global energy demand in a responsible manner ». Like his peers, Shell has known its share of controversy as the company spends tens of millions of dollars each year lobbying to block measures to combat global warming.

The company operates in more than 70 countries and produces more than 3.4 million barrels of oil each day.

Shell’s main competitors are BP, ExxonMobil, and Chevron.

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History of Shell


The Shell (LON: SHEL) company has its origins in the years 1833. It was originally an import-export company called « M. Samuel & Co ». which imported antiques, including oriental shells, which will be the reason for the name "Shell" given later.

Shell really got into the oil business in 1890, building the world's first oil tanker. In 1897, the company changed its name to "Shell Transport and Trading Company".

In order to fight against their common American competitor - Standard Oil - and after long talks, Shell Transport and Trading Company and the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company decided to merge their activities in 1907 to form the "Royal Dutch / Shell" group, whose trade name was "Shell". The two companies kept their two distinct identities.

The Royal Dutch / Shell group continued to grow throughout the 20th century (apart from a few problems during the Second World War), in most countries of the world, to the point of becoming one of the world's leading companies.

As of today, Shell is still one of the big oil giants, with more than 80,000 employees and more than 400 billion dollars in assets.

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The Market


The Shell (LON: SHEL) operates in the oil market. Between producers, intermediaries and final consumers, there is a market of international transactions and exchanges, both in crude oil and in finished products. In general, oil companies establish long-term purchase agreements with producing countries and/or companies. Nevertheless, a large part of the oil produced is sold on the open market, and according to the supply and demand of the moment. The demand on this market can be considered as inexhaustible as oil is essential to modern life.

The prices on this market vary, logically, according to the quality, but also according to many other factors (daily production in surplus or in deficit, political crisis in any country, bad weather, terrorism, war, etc.) which make them very unstable.

It is an indispensable market in today's world, but one that is tending to be replaced by more environmentally friendly alternatives, global warming being one of the world's main concerns.

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Key Figures and Financial Ratios


Market capitalization: $229.58 billion1[2022]

Revenue: $272.66 billion2[2021]

Net income: $20.101 billion 3[2021]

Dividends paid: Every 3 months for over 15 years. 4

Earnings per share: $1.87 5[2021]

Price to earnings ratio: ≃10.68 6[2022]

Debt to equity ratio: 0.49 7[2022]


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  4. Shell - 15 Year Dividend History | SHEL dividend-yield-history
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