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Royal Dutch Shell moves to round off unification

Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand): Royal Dutch Shell moves to round off unification

“Royal Dutch Shell unified its British and Dutch arms in July in a bid to restore confidence after a damaging reserves overbooking scandal last year…”

Wednesday 21 September 2005

LONDON: Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to buy out remaining shareholders in its old Royal Dutch arm, putting the finishing touches to the unification of its UK and Dutch arms in July.

Royal Dutch Shell, which holds around 98.5 per cent of Royal Dutch following its unification with Britain’s Shell Transport and Trading, said yesterday the minority shareholders would receive cash or, if they prefer and are UK residents, loan notes exchangeable into Royal Dutch A shares.

It declined to estimate how much this would cost.

Royal Dutch Shell unified its British and Dutch arms in July in a bid to restore confidence after a damaging reserves overbooking scandal last year, which was blamed partly on the complicated management and ownership structure.

The company said it would effect the buyout of minority Royal Dutch shareholders by merging Royal Dutch into a subsidiary, Shell Petroleum NV.

The move would require an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders and should be completed by the end of the year, it said in a statement.

At 8.26am GMT, Royal Dutch Shell shares were up 0.9 per cent at 18.56 pounds ($NZ48.45).

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