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Shell kick-starts £19bn windfall for patient shareholders

Shell boss Ben van Beurden said the move “complements the progress we have made since the completion of the BG acquisition in 2016” 

Jillian Ambrose: 

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Royal Dutch Shell mulls $25bn share buy-back

Royal Dutch Shell is under pressure to repay its investors’ patience this week by beginning a bumper $25bn (£19bn) share buy-back plan. The oil giant issued shares to existing investors instead of paying out dividends when oil prices were low as it sought to hang on to cash. As the crude market has recovered, Royal Dutch Shell has so far prioritised debt reduction over repurchasing the dividend scrips. But expectations are high that its quarterly report on Thursday could signal the start of buy-backs. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Church of England to withdraw funds from polluting firms that fail to tackle climate change

8 JULY 2018 • 7:00PM

The Church of England is to withdraw funds from polluting firms that fail to tackle climate change.

Companies including Shell and BP could face disinvestment from the church within five years if they do not fall in line with strict environmental measures.

Its General Synod, meeting this weekend in York, voted to bring in the timetable to put more pressure on companies which fail to meet the aims of the Paris climate accords.

The church pulled £12m in funds out of assets such as coal and tar sands oil following another Synod vote in 2015, but is still an investor in major fossil fuels companies.

The church’s pension fund, worth £2bn, is understood to be in deficit, but a spokesman said it was on track to remove it.

The decision came after the church was slammed by one of its bishops for failing to move with sufficient urgency. read more

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Shell must be bold to keep pace in brave new world

The Sunday Telegraph: 8 JULY 2018

A few months ago, Shell published a startling report on the future of the energy industry. Despite its dry title, the Energy Transition Report provided a scarcely believable vision of a world in 50 years that is recognisable from the one that seven billion of us occupy today, a planet that has been turned upside down by its very battle for survival. .

Electricity is expected to surge from about 18pc to 40pc of global energy consumption in the next 20 years, and by 2050, every car on the road will be an electric one. read more

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Debt levels hit record £391bn as companies ramp up payouts

1 JULY 2018 • 9:14PM

Companies racked up a record £391bn of debt in the face of demand from investors to step up dividends and as bosses went hunting for deals.

The overall level of debt for UK plc in the 2017-18 financial year far surpassed pre-crisis levels of £286bn, according to the Debt Monitor report published by Link Asset Services UK today.

Among the heavy borrowers, oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell accounted for £1 in every £7 of all UK companies’ net debts last year. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell boss hit by shareholder revolt over £8m pay

A quarter of Shell shareholders turned on Ben Van Beurden after he pocketed €8.9m (£7.8m)

Jillian Ambrose: 

The boss of Royal Dutch Shell has suffered a bruising shareholder revolt after more than a quarter of its investors voted against his multi-million euro payout for last year.

Ben Van Beurden pocketed €8.9m (£7.8m) for 2017 after trebling the company’s profits to $12.1bn (£9bn) as the oil giant staged an impressive recovery from a crash in prices.

But shareholders took against the FTSE 100 boss after an accident in Pakistan last year claimed the lives of more than 200 people in an explosion of a fuel tanker operated by one of the energy giant’s subsidiaries. read more

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UK hydrogen fuel network grows with new pump on M40

The hydrogen pump at Beaconsfield is the first in Britain to be located ‘under the canopy’ with the fossil fuels CREDIT: ED ROBINSON 

Ed Wiseman: 

A new hydrogen pump has been installed at Beaconsfield services on the M40, the second on Britain’s motorway network and the first to be built ‘under the canopy’ at an existing petrol station. The machine has been supplied to Shell by Sheffield-based energy company ITM Power. It can be used by motorists to refuell hydrogen fuel cell cars such as the Toyota MiraiHyundai Nexo and Honda Clarity. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell faces struggle over €3bn Eneco deal

The Sunday Telegraph understands that Shell is facing internal divisions over the deal and mounting political opposition.

Royal Dutch Shell has struck a stumbling block in its march into the European power sector over plans to pluck a Dutch utility from public ownership.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major is a front-runner in the €3bn (£2.64bn) race to snap up Eneco from the hands of 53 Dutch municipalities after the decision to privatise the green energy company. 

The group already partners with Eneco on wind power projects in Europe, which could pave the way for its next step into the power market after buying UK energy supplier First Utility for a rumoured £200m. read more

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Shell ‘transformation’ doubles profits as oil recovery takes hold

Jillian Ambrose

Royal Dutch Shell has doubled its profits following the oil major’s worst financial year in over a decade as the oil market recovery takes hold. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant said the “transformation” following its 2016 mega-merger with BG Group and $30bn portfolio overhaul has reopened flows of cash back into the business as oil prices soared to over $65 a barrel last year, from under $30 a barrel at its lowest point in early 2016. Shell’s earnings on a ‘current cost of supply’ (CCS) basis, which is a standard oil industry measure, more than doubled from the previous year to reach $15.8bn (£11bn) for 2017. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell earnings expected to hit £11bn after oil prices recover

Jillian Ambrose: 

Royal Dutch Shell is set to unveil its highest earnings since the oil market collapse this week, just one year after the oil major’s lowest profits in more than a decade.

The Anglo-Dutch oil group’s efforts to overhaul its portfolio during the depths of the oil market rout are expected to be turbo-charged by the recovery in oil prices to over $65 a barrel last year, from under $30 a barrel at their lowest point in early 2016.

Analysts predict the group’s earnings on a “current cost of supply” basis will be more than $15.7bn (£11bn) for 2017 from just $3.5bn (£2.5bn) the year before. The final quarter of last year is expected to generate higher earnings than the whole of 2016 at $4.2bn (£3bn), according to analyst consensus forecasts. read more

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Shell plots move onto Uber’s ride-hailing turf with London licence application

Shell is seeking to cope with the threat from electric vehicles CREDIT: BLOOMBERG

Royal Dutch Shell is planning to crash London’s transport market with a new venture for the FTSE 100 energy giant that could create a fresh challenger to  Uber.

FarePilot, a Shell subsidiary, has applied for a private hire licence with Transport for London and has held initial conversations with drivers about a new service, The Telegraph understands.

It comes amid widespread upheaval in London’s taxi market and uncertainty over Shell’s future as petrol and diesel cars are phased out in favour of electric and hybrid vehicles. Last year, Uber was stripped of its private hire licence in a controversial move that threatens to banish its cars from London’s streets. read more

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Barclays and Shell warn of huge hit to profits from Trump’s tax reform

Two of Britain’s biggest companies have warned that tax reforms in the US will result in a multi-billion pound hit to their earnings.

Barclays and Shell used the first day of trading since the festive break to signal the likely impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in the US on Dec 22, as UK markets were shutting for the Christmas break.

The measure, enacted by President Donald Trump, will result in corporate tax rates falling from 35pc to 21pc, a move that the two FTSE 100 companies said they expected to be favourable in the long-term. read more

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Oil giant Shell to buy ‘big six’ energy rival First Utility

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, has said he intended to increase the company’s investments in new-energy businesses toward $2 billion a year. Credit Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Oil giant Shell to buy ‘big six’ energy rival First Utility: The Telegraph

Shell enters UK household energy market: BBC News

Shell buys UK independent energy supplier First Utility: Financial Times

Shell’s £500m deal to sell homes gas and electricity: Oil major buys Britain’s biggest independent power supplier: This is Money read more

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Only collaboration will solve the global warming puzzle

BEN VAN BEURDEN: 30 NOVEMBER 2017

The world has a puzzle to solve, a jigsaw with a spectacular number of pieces to place. If it can succeed it will win a priceless prize: it will achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to under 2C. It is the puzzle of the energy transition.

Piecing together a solution is going to be tricky and we at Shell have been trying to make progress as a company. We have a way forward now and I am going to share it with you. But first, the jigsaw. read more

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Shell signals an end to the oil downturn with return of all-cash payouts

Jillian Ambrose: 

Royal Dutch Shell has signalled the end of the three-year oil market downturn by restarting its all-cash shareholder payouts as its cash flow begins to boom. The oil major began paying out dividends in the form of shares in 2015, in the wake of the oil price crash and its $50bn takeover of BG Group. But chief executive Ben van Beurden said the Anglo-Dutch group was now confident that it could call an end its scrip dividend as its cost-cutting and divestment programme pays off. The leaner business will also enable Shell to double down on its investment in ‘new energies’ including low-carbon fuels and renewable electricity. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Oil prices head towards $70 in the wake of Saudi purge

Jillian Ambrose: 

Global oil prices broke above two year highs and could climb higher to hit $70 a barrel in the wake of a shock anti-corruption purge of Saudi royals and senior officials.

Oil prices bounded to highs not seen since July 2015 at over $64 a barrel on Monday following a sweep of arrests targeting ministers, investors and members of the Saudi royal family on corruption charges over the weekend.

The shock crackdown also helped drive shares in Royal Dutch Shell to within a breath of its highest ever share price at £24.89 following the company’s rosy financial results last week. Before the oil price crash in late 2014 the company’s shares traded at a peak of £25.76. FULL ARTICLE read more

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