$1.66 Earnings Per Share Expected for Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR (RDS.A) This Quarter

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Equities analysts expect that Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR (NYSE:RDS.A) will post earnings of $1.66 per share for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for Royal Dutch Shell’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.60 to $1.71. Royal Dutch Shell posted earnings per share of $1.04 in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 59.6%. The firm is expected to announce its next earnings report on Thursday, February 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Royal Dutch Shell will report full year earnings of $5.55 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.25 to $6.12. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $6.45 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.63 to $7.12. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Royal Dutch Shell.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The energy company reported $1.36 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.43 by ($0.07). Royal Dutch Shell had a net margin of 5.74% and a return on equity of 9.95%. The company had revenue of $101.55 billion for the quarter. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.50 earnings per share. Royal Dutch Shell’s revenue was up 30.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on RDS.A shares. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Morgan Stanley cut shares of Royal Dutch Shell from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Santander raised shares of Royal Dutch Shell from an “underperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Royal Dutch Shell from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $81.85.

Shares of RDS.A traded up $0.49 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $61.21. 2,750,043 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,824,757. Royal Dutch Shell has a one year low of $60.53 and a one year high of $73.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 0.87. The stock has a market capitalization of $259.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.83 and a beta of 1.01.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 16th will be paid a $0.799 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 15th. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.22%. Royal Dutch Shell’s payout ratio is presently 83.33%.

About Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell Plc engages in the oil and natural gas production. It operates through the following segments: Integrated Gas, Upstream, Downstream, and Corporate. The Integrated Gas segment manages liquefied natural gas activities and the conversion of natural gas into gas to liquids fuels and other products.

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