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Shell News Stories Friday 24 March 2017

Shell sells onshore Gabon oil assets to Carlyle for $587 mln: Reuters/Daily Mail

EXTRACT: For Shell, the deal marks a further step in a $30 billion asset disposal programme to help cut debt after its $54 billion acquisition of BG Group last year. The Anglo-Dutch oil company has sold assets for more than $15 billion since 2016.

WSJ: Shell report cites “astonishingly high” pollution from Nigerian oil spills: Seeking Alpha

EXTRACT: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) oil spills that have not been cleaned up for more than eight years have contributed to “astonishingly high” levels of pollution in a Nigerian community, WSJ reports, citing a consultant who helped produce a confidential damage assessment for the company and its partners. The former director of the cleanup project says Shell has denied him permission to publish the study’s results, which dictated a need for health screenings in the Bodo community.

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Current Shell News Stories 23 March 2017

Ben van Beurden admits earnings figures do not “look good” for investors

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has today announced its disappointing fourth-quarter figures. The Company turned in one of its worst performances in more than a decade.”

The Telegraph says that the company has dashed investor hopes for a resurgence in profits. It reports that “for the year as a whole Shell deepened its losses in its exploration and production business from $2.2bn to $2.7bn”.

CNBC says that Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has conceded that the earnings figures do not “look good” for investors. Their article headline says: Shell posts earnings of $3.5 billion in 2016; an 8% slide from $3.8 billion in 2015

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A deserved shitstorm of Shell Nigerian litigation

A boatload of heavily armed Shell employees? Photograph: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

Shell is facing what Americans might describe as a shitstorm of lawsuits arising from its Nigerian activities since the 1950’s. Litigation is current or pending in Nigeria, the USA, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands.

According to Wikipedia, shitstorm is a vulgar dysphemism for a chaotic and unpleasant situation. It does seem appropriate in a reputational nightmare of Shell’s own making. Related human rights allegations against Shell and the evil Nigerian regimes it has supported include torture, murder, toxic pollution, spying and corruption on a grand scale.

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Royal Dutch Shell – Income Investors Should Look Elsewhere

Casey Hoerth: Dec. 14, 2016 11:09 AM ET

Summary

Shell plans on between $25 billion and $30 billion in capex next year, with flexibility to the downside.

I do not expect Shell to achieve cash flow balance in 2016, even with asset sales.

I continue to recommend other energy companies over Royal Dutch Shell, until either oil prices recover more or until Shell does something else to achieve balance.

Over the course of 2016 I haven’t recommended much when it comes buying to upstream or integrated oil companies. The reason was that I felt many still weren’t doing enough to balance their money coming in versus money going out. The CEO of one of my favorite companies, in their latest analyst day, recently quipped that energy companies couldn’t afford to wait to be ‘bailed out’ by higher oil prices.

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After Alaska flop, Shell’s search for oil moves closer to home

By Ron Bousso | LONDON

In the waters off Malaysia, Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is finding gas quickly and cheaply to replenish depleting fields where only a few years ago geologists had lost hope of discovering any new reserves.

The Anglo-Dutch group is combining the latest technology with the wisdom of industry veterans to unlock new oil and gas deposits where it already operates, usually within 20 km (12 miles) of existing platforms.

The result has been a string of finds which, while modest in size, can generate cash rapidly to suit an era of drastically reduced exploration budgets across the energy industry.

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Oil stocks surge, BP and Shell both climb on back of OPEC pact

Written by Reporter – 12/12/2016 1:20 pm

Oil stocks topped the FTSE 100 on Monday after non-Opec producers agreed to curb production to help buoy floundering crude prices.

The UK’s blue chip index was down 0.1% at around 6946.53 points, but Royal Dutch Shell’s ’B’ shares rose 3% and BP jumped 2.4%.

Away from the top tier, Tullow Oil soared 9.6% and Premier Oil surged 9.9%.

Sterling was flat against the dollar at 1.256, but down 0.3% against the euro at 1.187.

Brent crude prices climbed more than 5% to around 57.03 US dollars per barrel (£45.33) in early trading, marking its highest level since July 2015.

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Oil prices shed early gains amid doubts over OPEC output cut

By Jane Chung and Keith Wallis | SEOUL/SINGAPORE

Oil prices erased early gains to trade almost flat in Asian session on Thursday on mixed U.S. crude stocks data and doubts over OPEC’s implementation of an output cut, although a weaker dollar aided sentiment.

International Brent crude futures were trading up 2 cents at $53.02 a barrel at 0807 GMT. Prices fell to $52.81 a barrel earlier in the session.

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was up 3 cents at $49.80 a barrel after dropping to $49.61 earlier.

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OPEC, U.S. begin ‘cat and mouse’ oil game as producers pounce on hedges

By Amanda Cooper and Catherine Ngai | LONDON/NEW YORK

As far as one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, Glencore’s chief Ivan Glasenberg, is concerned, the oil market will be at the mercy of “a cat and mouse game” between OPEC and its U.S. shale rivals in the coming year.

A 16 percent price rally over the past week has delivered U.S. frackers a golden opportunity to hedge – or sell forward – their production for 2017 and beyond, to shore up their coffers against possible future price falls.

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Shell Makes Cuts to Boost Returns

Allen Good7 December, 2016

With the BG acquisition in the books, Shell (RDSB) is embarking on the necessary steps to compete in a world of $60 a barrel oil.

Like the rest of the integrated group, Shell is working to reduce its cost base, which has become bloated during the past five years, by reducing headcount and improving its supply chain.

The integration of BG is integral to Shell’s efforts, as it holds the potential for $4.5 billion of cost-reduction synergies. Furthermore, the addition of BG’s low-cost production reduces Shell’s per-barrel operating cost, which ranked among the highest in its peer group. In total, Shell aims to reduce operating cost by 20% from 2014 levels by the end of 2016, with further reductions possible in later years.

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screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-16-34-00 By The Motley Fool  Dec 5, 2016

Today I’m looking at the critical reasons to sell out of Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB).

A drop in the ocean

The oil sector’s major players breathed a huge sigh of relief last week after OPEC — responsible for four-tenths of the world’s oil supply — confounded the expectations of many and agreed to cut its output.

Saudi Arabia brokered a deal that will see production fall by 1.2m barrels per day, to 32.5m barrels beginning in January. The news prompted Brent oil to top the $55 per barrel marker for the first time since the summer of 2016.

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Shell is ‘ripe to deliver’ and 2017 is an inflection year – broker

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Jamie Ashcroft: 01 Dec 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (LON:RDSB) portfolio is ‘ripe to deliver’, according to JP Morgan, which rates the stock as ‘overweight’ and sees 2017 as an inflection year for the oil supermajor.

JP Morgan analyst Christyan Malek says investors should buy ahead of further capex cuts and free cash flow uplift.

In a note Malek said: “the recent Brazil field trip left us incrementally positive on scope to cut capex further in 2017-18 as economies of scale on cost improve and internal efficiencies take effect.

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