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Woodside Chairman Defends $2.7 Billion Buyback Deal With Shell

Extracts from a BloombergBusinessweek article by James Paton and Rebecca Keenan published 23 July 2014 Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL), Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer, defended a plan to buyback about $2.7 billion of stock from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) amid concern investors may reject the deal. Woodside’s buyback is part of last month’s […]

LNG spot crash persists as Shell bizarrely talks it up

Extracts from an article published by macro business.com on 18 July 2014 Prices of spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) for August delivery to Asia plummeted 26.5% year-over-year to an average $11.365 per million British thermal units (/MMBtu), the lowest monthly average since April 2011, the latest Platts Japan/Korea Marker (JKM) for month-ahead delivery showed. The […]

Lift productivity to lure LNG investment, says Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Extracts from an article by Matt Chambers published by The Australian on Friday 18 July 2014 THE head of the world’s second biggest company, Royal Dutch Shell, says Australia maintains an edge in attracting LNG investment but needs to improve labour productivity and start acting on commitments to streamline approvals if it is to capture […]

Shell flies in $30m for air support

Extracts from an article by Peter Klinger published by The West Australian on 7 July 2014 The first pieces of support infrastructure to back up the burgeoning Browse Basin oil and gas industry have arrived, with Royal Dutch Shell committing $30 million to underpin a dedicated search and rescue helicopter service out of Broome. Shell, […]

Spot the Rooney in your portfolio

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Harvey Jones published by The Yorkshire Post on 28 June 2014 under the headline: “Motley Fool: Spot the Rooney in your portfolio Tesco isn’t the only stock displaying Rooney-esque tendencies. Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell has also been off the pace. First quarter earnings of $4.5bn were sharply down from […]

One Reason Why I Wouldn’t Buy Royal Dutch Shell plc Today

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Royston Wild published 26 June 2014  Shell has spun off a multitude of upstream and downstream assets in recent years in order to build its dividend and share repurchase-supporting cash pile and reduce its exposure to non-core assets. The oil giant also offloaded its Australian Geelong refinery and […]

Are Asset Sales the Answer for Royal Dutch Shell plc?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 23 June 2014 On Monday, Shell announced the sale of a 19% stake in Woodside Petroleum, a deal that is expected to raise $5 billion. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related […]

Bonaparte Surrender

By John Donovan It seems that the alarming articles we have published about the Royal Dutch Shell Prelude FLNG project, highlighting risks based on insider information and expert opinion, may have had an unintended impact.  According to a Dow Jones news report published today, GDF Suez SA and Santos Ltd have both withdrawn from their plans […]

Shell to sell most of stake in Australia’s Woodside for $5.7 billion

Extracts from a Reuters article by Sonali Paul published Tuesday 17 June 2014 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell launched a long-anticipated sale of most of its stake in Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd on Tuesday, looking to reap about $5.7 billion as it moves to focus on developing its own gas assets in Australia. The selldown, […]

Only a fraction of big gas export projects will be built, Shell exec says

Extracts from a Seeking Alpha article published 9 June 2014 Only a fraction of the big natural gas export projects being developed around the world will become reality, as high costs and low profit margins in the gas sector sink those that once had promised huge returns on investment, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) director […]

Only a fraction of big gas export projects will be built – Shell

Extracts from a Reuters article published Monday 9 June 2014 LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Only a fraction of the natural gas export projects being developed around the globe will become reality as high costs and weakening gas prices torpedo those that until recently promised huge returns on investment.  But high development costs and low […]