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Royal Dutch Shell: Here’s Why S&P Downgraded Credit Rating

By Muhammad Ali Khawar on Feb 2, 2016 at 6:49 am EST Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recently downgraded Royal Dutch Shell’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) credit rating from “AA-” to “A+,” as a result of the depressed crude environment. Since June 2014, crude oil prices have fallen more than 70%. The downgrade came just weeks after the […]

Six British multinationals ‘did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2014’

CHLOE FARAND: 31 JAN 2016 Lloyds, brewer SABMiller and drugs company AstraZeneca were also among the six multinationals not to have paid any corporation tax in 2014, reports the Sunday Times.  The same year, the six British companies made a combined global profit of £30bn.  Shell used a complex corporate structure, a company branch in Switzerland, […]

Did Shell Shareholders Just Seal Their Fate?

Alex Dumortier: (TMFAleph1): Jan 29, 2016 at 1:08PM U.S. stocks are higher in early afternoon trading on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) up 1.76% and 1.72%, respectively, at 1 p.m. EST. Royal Dutch Shell plc’s ADRs (NYSE: RDS-A), up 0.58%, are underperforming the broad market, but are roughly in […]

Final approval for Shell mega-merger as BG Group shareholders vote in favour of the £36bn deal

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 29 JAN 2016 One of the largest takeovers in history finally got the go-ahead yesterday after BG Group shareholders followed those at Royal Dutch Shell in approving the £36billion deal. At a meeting in London, 99.53 per cent of BG shareholders voted in favour, a day after 83 […]

Final green light for Shell-BG takeover

By Jillian Ambrose: 2:19PM GMT 28 Jan 2016 BG Group shareholders have voted through Shell’s £40bn takeover bid by an overwhelming majority. The widely expected final nod for the landmark energy merger was voted through with 99.55pc of BG investors in favour, ending a controversial nine month campaign by Shell to cement its new strategic direction. […]

Shell/BG vote is a bet on oil prices bouncing back

By Andy Critchlow January 27, 2016 Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden can breathe easier after shareholders backed his big gamble on oil prices rebounding. Only 17 percent of investors voted against his $50 billion takeover of BG Group on Jan. 27. Cost savings estimated at $3.5 billion will help assuage some worries, and paying partly […]

Will 2016 Be Royal Dutch Shell’s Worst Year Yet?

There is a lot of pessimism regarding shares of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B). Despite strong cash flow results behind its less-than-stellar earnings results, shares of Shell have been sinking faster than its Arctic drilling rigs (too soon?). Over the past 18 months, the company has lost more than half of its market capitalization while […]

Does the Shell/BG Group Deal Make Sense With Oil at These Levels?

On April 8, 2015, Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B) announced the terms of an agreement to buy BG Group for 383 pence in cash (or $5.51 per share) and 0.4454 Shell B Shares. If shareholders of both companies approve the deal when they vote on Jan. 28 and 29, the combined company will become the largest publicly […]

Shareholder green light expected for Shell BG merger

MARTIN FLANAGAN: Monday 25 January 2016 Major investors are expected to back Shell’s troubled £36 billion takeover of rival BG Group this week despite reservations that the plunging oil price has made the deal less attractive than when first unveiled last year. David Cumming, head of equities at Edinburgh-based Standard Life Investments, has been one […]

Shell’s white elephant?

Sunday 24 January 2016 09.00 GMT Oil workers in Aberdeen will be watching events in the Hague this coming Wednesday as closely as anyone. They will be hoping that some miracle occurs so that Dutch and other international investors in Shell suddenly swing against the £35bn merger with rival BG that is coming up for a […]

Shareholders smile on Shell-BG tie-up

Dominic O’Connell Published: 24 January 2016 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL is expected to seal its takeover of rival oil and gas producer BG this week, with shareholders of both companies likely to vote in favour of the tie-up. The deal, the largest in oil and gas for a decade, will create a British giant, bringing together […]


PROOF IS PROVIDED IN THE BOOK THAT THE NAZIS ATTEMPTED TO SEIZE CONTROL OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL. I HAVE THE PERMISSION OF THE UK NATIONAL ARCHIVE TO PUBLISH THE EVIDENCE. By John Donovan In a matter of days, I will be publishing an e-book entitled “Sir Henri Deterding and the Nazi History of Royal Dutch Shell.” […]

Shell’s profits dive ahead of BG deal shareholder vote

20 JAN 2016 Royal Dutch Shell has reported a sharp drop in profits just a week before shareholders vote on its planned takeover of smaller rival BG Group. For the fourth quarter it expects profits of $1.6bn to $1.9bn, less than half the $4.2bn it made a year ago. It expects full year profits of […]

Royal Dutch Shell / BG: A Marriage That Will Need Work

By HELEN THOMAS: Jan 20, 2016 As a reminder of why Royal Dutch Shell wants to buy BG Group , an ugly set of figures certainly does the job. Amid criticism of the now-$47 billion deal ahead of shareholders votes later this month, both companies released early full-year results Wednesday. Shell’s report card was enough to […]

Shell attacked for its part in ‘extraordinary’ £2.3bn Nigerian tax break

Mark Leftly: 20 JAN 2016 Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire for being part of a consortium that accepted an “extraordinary” $3.3bn (£2.3bn) tax break in Nigeria – twice the poverty-stricken country’s annual health budget.   In a new report ActionAid estimated the consortium, which also includes France’s Total and Italy’s Eni, received this benefit […]

Shell ditches major Abu Dhabi gas field project

By Ron Bousso: Commodities | Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:07pm GMT Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it had decided to exit the multi-billion dollar plan to jointly develop the Bab sour gas field in Abu Dhabi, citing the downturn in the oil market. The Anglo-Dutch company said that “following a careful and thorough evaluation of […]

Shell CEO says oil giant would be hit by Brexit

Stocks | Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:09pm GMT London: The chief executive of one of the world’s biggest firms Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) warned on Sunday that the oil and gas company would be negatively impacted were Britons to back leaving the European Union in a referendum. Prime Minister David Cameron is renegotiating his country’s membership […]

Why Buying BP plc & Royal Dutch Shell Plc Is Utter Madness!

By Royston Wild – Friday, 15 January 2016 Another day, another chance for further harrowing weakness across stock markets and commodity classes. And so it has come to pass. Brent values fell even further below the $30 per barrel marker during Friday trade, marking fresh nadirs not seen since 2004. The benchmark has dropped more than […]

Shell dividend could be under threat over audacious takeover of gas specialist BG Group

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 16 JAN 2016 The last time Royal Dutch Shell cut its dividend was in 1945 when the Netherlands had just endured the ‘Hunger winter’ under Nazi occupation before the end of the Second World War. Now investors are worrying their treasured dividend could be under threat again. Shell […]

A £36bn deal of a lifetime: Shell boss vows to protect dividends as he defends merger with BG Group 

By ALEX BRUMMER FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 15 JAN 2016 The stone-faced Shell building overlooking the Thames at dawn is the grand dame of the London skyline predating the towers of Canary Wharf and the London Eye. It is from here, in a relatively modest, plainly decorated 24th floor office, with almost no personal touches, […]

Will Royal Dutch Shell Eliminate Its Dividend This Year?

Extracts from an article by Lior Cohen: JAN 14, 2016 Shell’s stock shed 10% off its value over the last month, as the price of oil dwindled. Following this fall, the dividend yield is currently at 9.4% – a historic level. Some investors think that because the company paid and raised its dividend since WW2, it […]

Short-term LNG supply: Shell to lose $1b contract as Qatar offers lower price

By Zafar Bhutta: Published: January 15, 2016 ISLAMABAD: Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is going to lose a five-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract worth over $1 billion as a Qatari company has agreed to provide the commodity at a lower price to Pakistan. Gunvor and Royal Dutch Shell had won supply contracts in response to […]

Shell-BG deal wins more support, but concerns persist

By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps LONDON, Jan 14 Two weeks before shareholders are due to vote on Royal Dutch Shell $48 billion bid for BG Group, more investors have come out in support of the deal, despite lingering concerns about the effect of falling oil prices on the sector. The bid has already won […]

Is Royal Dutch Shell Plc Dead Money?

By Rupert Hargreaves – Thursday, 14 January, 2016 There’s nothing worse than analysts labelling a company ‘dead money’, the slang term given to an investment that’s unlikely to produce a positive return for the foreseeable future. If the investment truly is dead money, the likelihood of a turnaround is low and investors should consider selling the […]

Amid oil price plunge, price-setting Brent supported by Shell sales to Asia

LONDON | BY ALEX LAWLER: Wed Jan 13, 2016: 12:51pm EST As oil prices fall to new multi-year lows on a global glut, the structure of the niche but crucial benchmark Brent market has shown counter-intuitive signs of tighter supplies and strengthening. The reason, according to some in the market, was an unusual accumulation of British […]

Standard Life to vote for and against Shell & BG merger

Calling the deal “value destructive for Shell shareholders”, Standard Life announced on Friday that it will vote against, and revealed that it had tried to persuade the Shell board to renegotiate the deal. by Veselin Valchev: Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 Standard Life, a top shareholder in both Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) and BG Group, will support […]

Shell and BG investor who attacked £40bn tie-up will also back deal

By Andrew Trotman: 12 Jan 2016 Standard Life Investments is to use its stake in BG Group to back the oil company’s £40bn merger with Royal Dutch Shell, just days after calling the deal “value destructive”. The investment firm, which owns 2.1pc of Shell and 1.3pc of BG, plans to support the proposal at the latter’s […]

Top Investor Votes Both Ways On Shell Deal

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor: 11 JAN 2016 A leading City investor is to vote some of its shares in favour of Shell’s £36bn takeover of BG Group, despite its public opposition to one of the oil industry’s biggest-ever deals. Sky News has learnt that Standard Life Investments will vote its roughly 1.3% stake in […]

Shell’s key shareholder advisory group gives support for BG Group bid as oil giant predicts oil price will double

By EMILY DAVIES FOR DAILY MAIL: 11 January 2016 Shell’s mega bid for rival BG Group has received crucial backing in the US as the oil giant’s boss predicts the price of oil could double. Glass Lewis, which gives guidance to US investors, has said it supports the £36billion offer that Royal Dutch Shell made […]

SHELL BOSS: The oil slump won’t last

Will Martin: 11 JAN 2016 The CEO of Shell has made a pretty bullish call on the price of oil just weeks before the company tries to complete its merger with BG Group in one of the biggest oil deals in history. Speaking with the Sunday Times ahead of a vote by shareholders on the […]

Shell boss bets oil price will double

Van Beurden told The Sunday Times this weekend he was “very, very confident” it would bounce back. “The oil prices we are seeing today are not sustainable and are going to settle at higher levels,” he said, “and higher, in my mind, over the next… FULL ARTICLE

Deal or No Deal? The Numbers That Matter for Shell’s BG Takeover

…investors have questioned whether Shell is paying too much after oil prices slumped to the lowest in almost 12 years. By Rakteem Katakey: JAN 11, 2016 Royal Dutch Shell Plc is a month away from completing its biggest acquisition, which would vault it over Chevron Corp. to become the world’s second-biggest non-state oil company. The […]


JANUARY 8TH, 2016 The UK finance ministry stands to make close to $300 million and banks, law firms and other advisers will receive as much again, if the Shell-BG takeover gets the go- ahead later this month. There are less than three weeks to go until the Anglo-Dutch major’s general meeting on January 27th when […]

Can Royal Dutch Shell Plc Withstand Another Year Of Cheap Oil?

By Harvey Jones | 7 JAN 2016 It’s been a shocking start to the year for global stock markets in general and the oil price in particular. A barrel of Brent crude has fallen to a 12-year low of $34 and there’s no sign of it bottoming out. That’s astonishing as you might have expected […]

Shell promises more cuts to win investors over on BG deal

Michael Bow: 15 Dec 2015 Royal Dutch Shell moved to shore up support for its £35bn BG Group takeover yesterday, by promising to slash more jobs amid concerns shareholders could rebel against the deal.  The Anglo-Dutch oil giant will axe a further 2,800 jobs around the world on top of 7,500 roles it had previously […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Shell’s Loss: Oil Prices Aren’t the Only Problem

There is blood in the water at Royal Dutch Shell By HELEN THOMAS: Oct. 29, 2015  There is blood in the water at Royal Dutch Shell. The wound will take some time to heal. The U.K. oil and gas company Thursday posted a huge third-quarter loss, dragged down by impairments of $8.2 billion in its upstream business. […]

Oil Spill: Ilaje Coastal Communities Demand Compensation from Shell

22 October 2015 The Ilaje coastal communities in Ondo state have alleged that oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) allegedly excluded them from the ongoing discussions and compensation agreement it reached with the communities that were affected in the oil spill from the Bonga oil field in 2011. They have therefore appealed to President, […]

Shell pledges to keep dividend despite slump in oil prices

If the oil price stays low, Shell’s van Beurden may have to eat his words Photo: AFP By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor: 06 Oct 2015 Royal Dutch Shell has reassured investors that it will maintain its dividends regardless of a prolonged slump in oil prices below $50 per barrel. Chief executive Ben van Beurden, speaking at the […]

Discussing the costs of disaster for offshore US oil : Regulation and Environment

In this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation and Environment, Gary Gentile asks if the risks associated with ultra-deepwater oil production endeavors are properly disclosed to shareholders. By Gary Gentile | August 31, 2015 Opponents of offshore drilling in frontier environments, such as the Arctic, have opened up a new front in their effort to curtail such […]

Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks

Explorers 2015: Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks Company is mobilizing fleet after three-year hiatus, still waiting for final approval of exploration plan Eric Lidji For Petroleum News: 7 June 2015 After a tiny step forward and many large leaps backward, Royal Dutch Shell plc is once again planning to explore its Burger prospect in […]

Shell and the London Science Museum

Museum exhibit funded by Shell raises questions about influence.  Oil giant Shell, one of the London Science Museum’s sponsors, attempted to influence an exhibit on climate, newly uncovered documents show.  By Jeff Nesbit: June 1, 2015 If you’d like to see how oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (one of the largest multi-national corporations in the world’s […] one of the most valuable domain names in the world?

Aramco Shell .com By John Donovan I own and operate many Shell related domain names including, for example, and, both of which Shell International unsuccessfully attempted to seize 10 years ago in proceedings via The World Intellectual Property Organisation. Depending on reaction to this article, I may put one of my domain names […]

10th Anniversary of Domain Name Win Over Shell

10th Anniversary of Spectacular Domain Name Win Over Shell By John Donovan Ten years ago, in May 2005, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited served proceedings in New York against my late father Alfred Donovan, via The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in an attempt to seize the top level (.com) domain name for its newly […]

Shell Denies Abandoning New Bonga Project

From an article published 16 February 2015 by The Tide under the headline: Shell Denies Abandoning New Bonga Project Extracts The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has denied recent reports that it has stopped the development of the strategic Bonga South West/Aparo (BSWA) project due to the slump in international oil price. […]

Observer Newspaper: World’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, sparks Nazi outrage on arrival in Rotterdam

FROM AN ARTICLE BY ED VULLIAMY PUBLISHED BY THEGUARDIAN.COM AND THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER, SUNDAY 25 JAN 2015 UNDER THE HEADLINE: World’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, sparks Nazi outrage on arrival in Rotterdam Extracts Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the […]

Jewish Groups Outraged At Launching Of World’s Largest Crane Ship Named After SS Officer

Article by Tibi Singer published Saturday 24 Jan 2015 The Swiss-based Allseas Group’s new ship, Pieter Schelte, is 1,146 feet long and 372 feet wide. Built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, at a reported cost of $2.85 billion, it is capable of lifting loads of 48,000 tons. It is the world’s largest offshore pipelay […]

TV, Radio, Newspaper and Magazine Coverage, relating to the Website

First, a 30-minute video compilation from the 1980’s: “Shell Promotional Games: Introduced by John Donovan” (Video clips from Michael Aspel show, The Money Programme on BBC TV, Channel 4 News, and various TV commercials. Features many celebrities) Links to a selection of published independent verifiable information relating to this website or its founders. Includes a TV […]

How could Shell have got it so wrong on oil? 

In October of this year, just 9 weeks ago, when oil was at over $90 a barrel, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden expressed his confidence that oil would return to what he described as “very robust” pricing. He said that the oil price had been remarkably stable and that in the short term, Shell has […]

Key role of Shell lawyers in pioneering Shell Prelude FLNG

By John Donovan PRELUDE DESIGNED BY SHELL LAWYERS? MORE IMPORTANT ROLE THAN ENGINEERS?  What will Bill Campbell make of the boasts from Shell’s chief lawyer Donny Ching, about the pivotal role of Shell in-house lawyers in the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, Prelude FLNG? Extracts from an article about Donny Ching published by […]

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