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Shell shielded from Forties fallout by ‘internationalisation’, North Sea sales

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Shell is performing “extremely well” at a time when Brent crude is at its highest price for three years, the oil giant’s upcoming fourth quarter results will show. The Anglo-Dutch major is in its strongest position for many years in terms of its cash generation thanks to its upstream and LNG businesses, analysts said. RBC Capital Markets anticipates Shell’s fourth-quarter adjusted net income will more than double year-on-year. The company recorded adjusted earnings of £1.3billion in Q4 2016.

Analysts said Shell, whose shares are up about 10% over the last 12 months, had been boosted by the sale of assets and disciplined spending. The company implemented a £21billion-plus divestment plan following its £47billion mega-merger with BG Group, which was completed in 2016. As part of that programme, Shell sold about £3billion worth of North Sea assets to Chrysaor in 2017. FULL ARTICLE

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