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Shell CEO Doing All to Safeguard Dividends Amid Low Oil Prices

by  Bloomberg: Rakteem Katakey: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc is “pulling out all the stops to safeguard” its dividend in a world where oil prices remain “lower for longer,” Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden said.  Europe’s biggest oil company is also protecting its plan to buy back shares, Van Beurden said […]

Myths about Shell’s Arctic Alaska pullout persist

Yereth Rosen: Alaska Dispatch News: October 3, 2015 When Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had lost its big-money bet in the Chukchi Sea and would end its entire program in the offshore U.S. Arctic, the hyperbole and finger-pointing began in earnest. Rep. Don Young accused President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell of deliberately sabotaging Alaska’s economy. “I’m […]

Shell may post loss after taking £2.7bn Arctic exploration hit

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden told The Mail on Sunday just two weeks ago that he was committed to the Arctic By Jon Rees For The Mail On Sunday: 4 Oct 2015 Shell is set to reveal that quitting the Arctic cost it up to $4.1billion (£2.7billion) in its third-quarter results when it unveils […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic Bucket Of Ice Has Melted, Yield Is Now North Of 8%

Sep. 29, 2015 Summary * The Burger J well test results were a dud, no major reserves found. * Shell puts Arctic drilling on hold indefinitely, which further reduces future capex. * Dividend yield tops the 8% mark. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A / RDS.B) was always upbeat about the prospects of drilling in the Arctic, […]

Why we MUST drill for oil in the Arctic: Shell boss’s message to climate change campaigners and governments

By JON REES, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY: 20 Sept 2015 Some green campaigners seem to believe Shell boss Ben van Beurden would be happy dunking polar bears in thick, black crude oil if it helped make the planet even hotter. But van Beurden, the 57-year-old engineer who has run Royal Dutch Shell for nearly two […]

How Royal Dutch Shell Is Addressing Its Dividend Concerns

Christopher F. Davis: Sept 3, 2015 Summary This article is a follow-up to my prior article addressing the company’s dividend concerns. History won’t always repeat itself, so I felt I would talk about what the company is doing in detail and expand on my thoughts. I am betting history continues. As you know, Royal Dutch […]

Addressing The Royal Dutch Shell Dividend Concerns

Christopher F. Davis: Aug. 27, 2015 Summary Shares of oil majors have been crushed and Shell is no exception. Concerns over the dividend are being raised. I discuss the possibility of a dividend cut and what I see as likely happening. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) has been crushed in the last three months, and of […]

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

Royal Dutch Shell Is Now A 7.54% Dividend Yield Monster

Aug. 24, 2015 6:45 PM ET Summary Stock market downturn takes Shell’s dividend yield to an astonishing 7.54%. The dividend looks reasonably safe. High initial yield but little growth expected in coming years. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) doesn’t need an introduction. This Anglo-Dutch multinational is one of the largest, integrated oil & gas majors […]

Opec powerless to halt oil price slide, warns former group president

Opec veteran says that current oil prices slump has exceeded the worst expectations of the group By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor: 24 Aug 2015 Opec is powerless to arrest the slide in oil prices unless producers outside the group such as Russia match any cuts in output, according to a former president of the group. ‘Black […]

Iran to Raise Oil Output ‘at Any Cost’ to Defend Market Share

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell to less than $40 a barrel for the first time in more than six years in New York trading on Friday. Anthony Dipaola and Hashem Kalantari: BLOOMBERG.COM: 23 AUGUST 2015 Iran plans to raise oil production “at any cost” to defend the country’s market share and joins calls for […]

Oil slump highlights pressure on dividend payouts

Extracts from an article by Garry White: 22 Aug 2015 Some in the City are concerned that distributions to shareholders at some major dividend payers are too high. This is particularly true for the oil sector. • Opec is being eaten alive and needs to meet to heal its wounds • Low oil prices bite as […]

Oil suffers longest weekly losing streak since 1986

Published: Aug 21, 2015 3:22 p.m. ET “It looks like the market will remain in a supply/demand surplus at least through 2016.” SOURCE

Oil Companies Sit on Hands at Auction for Leases

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: AUG. 20, 2015 PAGE B1 IN NEW YORK EDITION HOUSTON — With oil prices collapsing and companies in retrenchment, a federal auction in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday attracted the lowest interest from producers since 1986. It was the clearest sign yet that the fortunes of oil companies are skidding so fast […]

BP plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc Will Have To Survive Without $100 Oil

By Harvey Jones – Tuesday, 11 August, 2015 Low oil prices have sunk share prices at BP (LSE: BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) and there is no sign of immediate respite. There was a flicker of hope as Brent crude climbed to nearly $68 a barrel in May, but it has now slid below $50 again, and […]

To please investors, Big Oil makes deepest cuts in a generation

August 7, 2015 Oil companies are making the largest cost cuts in a generation to reassure investors. They’re risking their own future growth. From Chevron Corp to Royal Dutch Shell, producers are firing thousands of workers and cancelling investments to defend their dividends. Cutbacks across the industry total $US180 billion so far this year, the most […]

Chevron Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Other Oil Co.s Have Lost $1.3 Trillion Since Last Year

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 5, 2015 As the global benchmark of crude, Brent currently hovers around $50 per barrel. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry has lost $1.30 trillion of its value this year, and this eroded value equals the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of Mexico. The combined market capitalization of 157 listed oil and […]

Shell’s Dividend Pledge: Solid Or Empty Promise?

One cannot but admire CEO Ben van Beurden for his courage… August 4, 2015 Summary Royal Dutch Shell is dead serious about protecting future dividend payments. CEO Van Beurden committed himself to paying attractive dividends in the next two years. Although I am impressed by Shell’s massive cost reduction plans and the slash in investments, […]

Oil sinks below $50

Oil dives 5 percent to six-month low under $50 on China worry Markets | Mon Aug 3, 2015 4:21pm EDT Oil prices lurched 5 percent lower on Monday to their lowest since January, taking global benchmark Brent below $50 a barrel as weak factory activity in China deepened a commodity-wide rout. Growing concerns over excess […]

BG Group Profits Crash By 65%

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL The oil price rout found new victims on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday as BG Group and Chevron revealed profits had tanked. BG, which is in the process of being sold to Royal Dutch Shell, reported a 65 per cent fall in second quarter profit to £275.5million, while […]

Royal Dutch Shell Profits Continue to Fall, Prompting 6,500 Layoffs By

By STANLEY REED: JULY 30, 2015 LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that its profit fell sharply in the second quarter as a strong performance in marketing and refining failed to offset the brunt of lower oil and gas prices. The oil giant also said it would cut its capital investment and eliminate 6,500 jobs […]

Shell to Cut 6,500 Jobs, Reduce Investment by $7 Billion

By Rakteem Katakey: July 30, 2015″ BLOOMBERG.COM Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the oil producer buying BG Group Plc for more than $70 billion, said it plans to cut 6,500 jobs this year and reduce capital investment by $7 billion. Shell is planning for a “prolonged downturn,” the company said Thursday in a statement. Its dividend commitment […]

Royal Dutch Shell to cut 6,500 jobs

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced it is to shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost cutting plans. 30 July 2015 The company said the cost cutting was to help “mitigate the impact” on profits amidst a drop in oil prices. Its “prudent approach” included a reduction in operating costs of $4bn and reduced oil […]

Big oil to sharpen focus on costs after $200bn of cuts

Europe’s biggest oil companies have to find deeper cuts as oil prices expected to weigh on earnings By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor: 27 July 2015 Three of Europe’s biggest oil companies will report weaker earnings this week and the City is looking for guidance on how to mitigate a sustained slump in Brent crude prices […]

Can You Really – Really – Be Sure Of Shell?

By Owain Bennallack – Thursday, 18 June, 2015 Making glib comments about the flaws of tracker funds – or even more so the foolishness of those who invest in them – is a mug’s game.  The evidence shows that over the long term, tracker funds beat most actively managed ones, not least because of the far […]

Shell CFO Expects Oil Rebound as Shale Fails to Fill Supply Gap

Article by Firat Kayakiran and Jonathan Ferro published 3 June 2015 by Royal Dutch Shell Plc sees oil prices increasing because supply from shale drilling in the U.S. won’t be enough to meet increasing global demand. The industry needs to find an additional 4 million barrels to 5 million barrels a day of supply every year to […]

Oil Majors Falling Out Favor With This Hedgefund Boss

By Andy Tully: Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015 Huge oil companies, among the largest businesses in the world, don’t excite hedge fund manager Jim Chanos because today they have to work harder and more inefficiently than ever to bring their products to market. “[W]e’re just seeing that … these guys like Exxon and Chevron and […]

Shell, climate change and a question of reality

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is said to have lambasted fossil fuel critics at the Shell AGM yesterday, accusing them of ignoring reality. Two days earlier, Terry Macalister of The Guardian, who has always been scrupulously fair in his comments and reporting in relation to Shell, seemed to suggest that it is Mr […]

Refining Saves The Day For Exxon and Shell

By Andy Tully: Posted on Sun, 03 May 2015 The low oil prices that have been dogging the energy industry led to dramatically lower quarterly earnings for Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil, but the two giant companies did better than analysts had expected. Related: Key Signals That Oil Prices Are On The Up Profits for Shell, […]

Shell, Total align trading and refining units to drive profit growth

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Ron Bousso: 1 May 2015 Shell, Total align trading and refining units to drive profit growth * Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices * Refinery profits also under pressure from competition * Oil firms fighting off challenge from trading houses LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Top oil firms Royal […]

Energy earnings run dry in Americas

FT: Energy earnings run dry in Americas By Ed Crooks, Christopher Adams and David Crouch ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips of the US on Thursday reported that they lost money on oil and gas production in their home country in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell disclosed a $1.1bn loss at its upstream exploration and production […]

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn London (Platts)–30 Apr 2015 * Capex reduced by more than $2 billion * Decision on Majnoon development pushed back to 2017 * CFO says refining margins already worsening Shell said Thursday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure to $33 billion from previous guidance of a little […]

Royal Dutch Shell profits slump as oil price slide puts energy giant on back foot ahead of mega-merger with BG

Earnings dropped steeply from $7.33billion last year to $3.25billion Company hopes oil prices will rise to $90 a barrel by 2018  By MARK SHAPLAND FOR THIS IS MONEY: 30 April 2015 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has reported a near 60 per cent slump in first quarter profits after it was hit by the fall […]

Shell’s first-quarter profits plunge 56% to $3.2bn

FT: Shell’s first-quarter profits plunge 56% to $3.2bn 30 April 2015 Christopher Adams, Energy Editor Royal Dutch Shell suffered a near 60 per cent slide in first-quarter profits, hit by plunging crude prices, but beat expectations as a strong contribution from its refining and trading business prevented a steeper fall. FULL FT ARTICLE

Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Statement

STATEMENT BY ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CEO, BEN VAN BEURDEN: 30 April 2015 “Our results reflect the strength of our integrated business activities, against a backdrop of lower oil prices. Meanwhile, in what is clearly a difficult industry environment, we continue to take steps to further improve competitive performance by redoubling our efforts to drive […]

Shell Posts Rise in Profit Despite Sharp Revenue Decline

The Wall Street Journal: Shell Posts Rise in Profit Despite Sharp Revenue Decline Fall in revenue indicates impact of low oil prices By IAN WALKER and SARAH KENT April 30, 2015 LONDON— Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday reported a 7% rise in first-quarter profit from a year earlier but also posted a steep fall […]

Shell profits beat expectations on refining boost

Shell profits beat expectations on refining boost: Business | Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:26am BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a lower than expected 56 percent drop in first quarter net income at $3.2 billion (2 billion pounds), as refining and trading profits offset a decline in earnings from oil and gas […]


(NOW UPDATED WITH 98 PAGE DOCUMENT FILED 24 APRIL 2015 WITH THE U.S. COURTS) A 194 page Complaint filed in the US Courts two months ago confirms that investigations are underway by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the EU Commission and the UK Serious Fraud Office into an alleged oil price-fixing conspiracy involving Shell, BP, […]

Shell Faces Pressure to Disclose Priorities

Article by JUSTIN SCHECK published April 28, 2015 by The Wall Street Journal Investors this week will seek answers on cost-cutting, BG deal, Arctic drilling LONDON—When Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, investors will be hoping for some detail on how the company plans to cut spending to weather today’s low oil prices—and simultaneously […]

UK government could step in to stop a BP takeover as rumours swirl off possible US interest in wake of Shell deal for BG Group

UK government could step in to stop a BP takeover as rumours swirl off possible US interest in wake of Shell deal for BG Group By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 27 APRIL 2015 The British government could step in to protect oil giant BP from any potential takeover amid rumours US groups ExxonMobil […]