Shell Changes: What Should Investors Do?

Royal Dutch Shell is proposing to turn its back on the Netherlands and create a single share class in London, but what does that mean for investors?

James Gard 16 November, 2021 | 3:32PM
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UK investors wanting to trade shares in Royal Dutch Shell have for years been faced with the dilemma of which one to choose. Unusually, the company trades on the FTSE 100 with two tickers, and is the only stock to do so.

But many would struggle to explain the difference. Now, under plans put forward by the oil major, these two share classes could become one as the company ditches the “Royal Dutch” and moves its headquarters to London. The move comes just weeks after activist investor Third Point revealed plans to split Shell up, though it hadn't specifically proposed this latest course of action. 

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James Gard  is content editor for Morningstar.co.uk