Shareholder FAQs

On this page, find the answers to frequently asked questions about:

  • Rio Tinto plc shares
  • Rio Tinto Limited shares
  • Rio Tinto American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)

Read about dividends, share prices, and buying and selling shares – as well as how to access information about your shareholding, how to update your details, and where to go to learn more.

  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Rio Tinto Limited
  • Rio Tinto ADRs
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Rio Tinto Limited
  • Rio Tinto ADRs
  • Where can I find the current share price?

    It is shown in most UK newspapers usually under “Mining”. If there are two Rio Tinto companies shown, one of these will be Rio Tinto Limited, the Australian company. The letters A$ may also appear after the name. Share prices are often quoted alongside a unique code known as a stock exchange ticker. The London Stock Exchange ticker for Rio Tinto plc is RIO.L and the Australian Securities Exchange ticker for Rio Tinto Limited is RIO.AX.

    In addition, information on the recent movements in the share price is available from the Rio Tinto website.


  • Where can I find information about historical share prices?
    Information about historical Rio Tinto share prices is available on the Share price and tools page.
  • What are dividends?
    The dividend is the amount that directors of a company propose to pay out of the profits to its shareholders. Dividends can be thought of as the income that shareholders receive from their investment. Dividends are quoted on a per share basis.
  • When are dividends paid?

    We pay dividends twice a year, as an “interim dividend” and a “final dividend”. When the financial results for the half year and full year are announced, the level of dividend to be paid to shareholders is also announced. The dividend is usually paid in April and September and is paid to everyone who holds shares on the “record date”. Upcoming record dates, once published, can be found in the financial calendar. The dividend is determined in US$ but is declared by the directors in sterling at the exchange rate prevailing one day before the results are announced.

  • How can I have my dividends paid directly into my bank account?

    Go to Investor Centre and register your email address. Investor Centre is Rio Tinto's secure shareholder self-service website. It's available 24 hours a day and is free to all Rio Tinto shareholders. By going online, you can update your payment instructions, amend your address, check share balances, and also check payment and tax information.

    If you elect to receive your Rio Tinto plc dividend in Australian dollars you can receive your payment by cheque only.

  • What is the "ex-dividend" date?

    The ex-dividend date is a specific date, occurring after the dividend has been declared after which buyers are no longer entitled to receive the last declared dividend. This is known as going “ex-dividend” and before this date the shares are said to be “cum-dividend”. If you buy shares before the ex-dividend date, you are entitled to the recently announced dividend. If you purchase shares on or after that date, the previous owner of the shares (and not you) is entitled to the dividend. The ex-dividend date for the latest dividend, once published, can be found in the financial calendar

  • What is the dividend "record date"?

    This is the date the registrars view the register to prepare the dividend payment. A shareholding must be recorded on the register on this date to receive the dividend. The record date normally falls about three weeks before the dividend is paid. The record date for the latest dividend, once published, can be found in the financial calendar.

  • In what currency are Rio Tinto dividends paid?

    The US dollar, in which the majority of sales are made, most reliably records the Group's global business performance and is our main reporting currency. It is, therefore, the natural currency in which to determine dividends.

    Dividends determined in US dollars are converted at exchange rates applicable two days prior to the announcement of dividends and then declared and paid in pounds sterling for Rio Tinto plc and in Australian dollars for Rio Tinto Limited


  • Can I elect to receive my dividends in currencies other than my local currency?