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PR Newswire (US): Royal Dutch Shell plc Announces Recommended Offer for Minority Shares of Shell Canada

Published: Jan 23, 2007

LONDON, January 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Royal Dutch Shell plc (the ‘Group’) today announced that it has reached agreement with and obtained the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee and Board of Directors of Shell Canada Limited on a revised offer (the ‘Offer’) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Shell Canada Limited (Toronto Stock Exchange, ticker symbol SHC) not owned by the Group at a cash price of CDN$45 per share.

This Offer would value Shell Canada Limited’s fully diluted minority share capital at approximately CDN$8.7 billion. The Group owns a 78% stake in Shell Canada Limited.

The Group intends to proceed with the Offer by way of a take-over bid by Shell Investments Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group. A copy of the take-over bid circular will be mailed to all shareholders of Shell Canada Limited early next month. The circular will contain the formal valuation of the common shares carried out by the independent valuator. The Offer , once launched, will be open for a minimum bid period of not less than 35 days.

The Offer will be conditional on more than 50 (fifty) percent of the outstanding shares (calculated on a fully diluted basis) held by the minority shareholders of Shell Canada Limited being tendered as well as other customary conditions, including the absence of any material adverse change, the obtaining of any relevant regulatory approvals and the absence of any adverse litigation, proceeding or legal prohibition in respect of the Offer.

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(*Be on your guard: Royal Dutch Shell senior management are masters of double talk and double dealing. Shell has a track record of engaging in fictitious trades, securities fraud, price fixing, theft of intellectual property, bribes, corruption, organising and arming a private army of police spies in Nigeria, conspiring with successive Nigerian governments to rob billions from a poverty stricken population and using a registered charity – The Shell Foundation, as a front for commercial objectives: in other words a bunch of evil con-artists)

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Contacts: Shell Investor Relations, London Gerard Paulides +44-207-934-6287, New York Harold Hatchett +1-212-218-3112, Den Haag Tjerk Huysinga +31-70-377-3996, Shell Media relations, International, US, UK Press +44-207-934-5963/3277/6238; The Netherlands and European Press +31-70-377-8750

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