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Big Oil’s huge bet to save itself from extinction

The Telegraph

Big Oil’s huge bet to save itself from extinction

A shift to renewables and the rise of green energy giants means the future for former fossil fuel titans is far from certain, writes Rachel Millard

Tuesday 20 October 2020 The Daily Telegraph 

EXTRACTS

It was the early days of 2015 when Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden ascended the stage of the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane with a stirring message for his industry peers amid strengthening global action on carbon emissions. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell: Energy Transition Woes

Royal Dutch Shell: Energy Transition Woes

: Energy Income Authority: Oct 8, 2020 High-quality income and growth plays in the energy space. Summary
  • Poor messaging from management, as well as an ill-prepared balance sheet caused in part by buybacks, has caused the European major a lot of pain.
  • Arguably, senior executives deserve to be shown the door. But even if that happens, expect the pivot away from fossil fuels to continue.
  • Is the move into Power and other “Green Energy” assets the right move? Maybe, maybe not.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, Energy Income Authority. Get started today »

I often get asked why I don’t cover the supermajors all that often on Seeking Alpha. The answer comes down to a rather simple reality: time invested versus potential gain. Anyone that has followed my long / short book knows that whatever I take a stake in, I know inside out. Quite frankly, the sprawling operations of most majors coupled with competing against institutionals that have enough research analysts on the payroll to pack a local gymnasium makes it a losing proposition – or at least in my view. read more

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19,000 Shell Jobs Axed During BVD Reign

Shell on Wednesday announced a major reorganization that will see thousands of jobs lost. The last major reorganization dates back to 2016 when Shell cut 10,000 jobs after the acquisition of BG Group.

English translation of an article published by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times.

Thousands of jobs at stake in Shell reorganization, not spared

Bert van Dijk

IN BRIEF

Shell on Wednesday announced a major reorganization that will see thousands of jobs lost. The restructuring is also reportedly hitting the top layers of management. The restructuring is needed to reduce costs as oil prices have fallen sharply and the outlook has deteriorated. Shell is also working on it. a new strategy. This will be revealed early next year. read more

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Exclusive: Shell launches major cost-cutting drive to prepare for energy transition

Exclusive: Shell launches major cost-cutting drive to prepare for energy transition

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is looking to slash up to 40% off the cost of producing oil and gas in a major drive to save cash so it can overhaul its business and focus more on renewable energy and power markets, sources told Reuters.

Shell’s new cost-cutting review, known internally as Project Reshape and expected to be completed this year, will affect its three main divisions and any savings will come on top of a $4 billion target set in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. read more

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Big Oil’s patchy deals record casts shadow over green makeover

Big Oil’s patchy deals record casts shadow over green makeover

When Shell bought BG Group for $54 billion in 2016 in the midst of the price crash, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden made a compelling case to investors…: Speaking in July, Shell’s CEO stood by the deal. “The company did get stronger, but indeed the company was not able to withstand the onslaught of COVID if we wanted to adopt a prudent stance … I remain convinced it was the right move,” van Beurden told reporters. read more

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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden insists he doesn’t run an oil company any more

By Akshat Rathi and Laura Hurst: 9 JUNE 2020

Royal Dutch Shell Plc had been turning out about 2.7 million barrels of oil each day until the novel coronavirus took hold of the world. Demand for oil, the company’s core product, dropped almost a third in April, and the price of West Texas Intermediate briefly dipped into negative numbers for the first time.

It’s not easy to run an oil major when people suddenly stop needing oil. Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden responded by slashing spending and cutting Shell’s dividend for the first time since World War II. And, as critics warned, the company remains saddled with debt from its $53 billion acquisition of BG Group in 2015. read more

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Reuters: Shell weighs sale of $2 billion-plus stake in Queensland LNG facilities

Shell weighs sale of $2 billion-plus stake in Queensland LNG facilities

JUNE 3, 2020

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is considering raising more than $2 billion from the sale of a stake in the common facilities at its Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Australia, according to a sale flyer reviewed by Reuters.

“Royal Dutch Shell plc is considering a sale of a 26.25% interest in the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Common Facilities – a multibillion dollar investment opportunity,” the sale flyer said. read more

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Poor choices and dud projects trigger calls for a Van Beurden succession plan?

Comment posted our article Shell Sells U.S. Appalachia Assets to National Fuel for $541 million

World-class investment case?

Shell apparently paid 4.7 USD billion in 2010 for the Marcellus shale and sells it now for 0.541 USD billion. 

How does this fit in with Shell’s strategy to provide a “world class investment case”? Some investors reacted sheepishly to the dividend haircut as a “sensible choice made by the Board”. Other investors see perhaps deeper underlying issues with Shell’s management choices and delivery performance, triggering calls for a Van Beurden succession plan.

Perhaps they see a longer legacy of poor choices and dud projects. (Shale, drilling in the Arctic, lacklustre exploration success, Prelude, BG acquisition, ….) read more

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Shell needs to consider Van Beurden succession

English translation of an article published today by the Dutch FT

Shell needs to consider Van Beurden succession

From our editor

CFO Jessica Uhl and CEO Ben van Beurden before the start of the Shell Shell shareholders’ meeting in Scheveningen last May. Photo: Piroschka van de Wouw / Reuters

In brief

  • Investors say in the Sunday Telegraph that Shell should reflect on the position of its top man.
  • The British newspaper published a story based on anonymous sources.
  • Shell is struggling: last week, the dividend was cut for the first time in decades.

One of Shell’s largest shareholders has suggested that the oil and gas company should start thinking about succeeding CEO Ben van Beurden, the day after Shell reduced its dividend for the first time since World War II. That writes the Sunday Telegraph. The British newspaper has spoken to two investors from the top 20 largest shareholders, one of which says it is time for a ‘changing of the guard’. read more

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OilPrice.com: The LNG Market Is “Imploding”

Nick Cunningham Oilprice.comApril 28, 2020

While everyone is understandably watching the meltdown in the crude oil market, the global market for natural gas is also cratering.

At least 20 cargoes of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) have been cancelled by buyers in Asia and Europe, according to Reuters. The global pandemic and the unfolding economic crisis have slashed demand for gas worldwide. Cheniere Energy, one of the main exporters of U.S. LNG, has seen an estimated 10 cargoes cancelled by buyers halfway around the world, Reuters said. read more

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Andrew Gold Linkedin

ABOVE SCREENSHOTS DOWNLOADED 14 APRIL 2020

COMMENT POSTED TO SHELL BLOG 14 APRIL 2020

Mr Gould, clearly an avid reader of this Blog, has now amended his profile on the professional networking site LinkedIn to show that he is no longer a Board member of Saudi Aramco, but is now a Board member at Occidental Petroleum. Sadly, however, like most of his BG Group counterparts he did not check his profile thoroughly enough, because it shows that he is still (May 2012 – Present) Chairman of BG Group, a defunct oil and gas company.

linkedin.com/in/andrew-gould-8a54b239 read more

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Rule 19.6(b) update to stated post-offer intention statement with regard to the combination with BG Group plc

Rule 19.6(b) update to stated post-offer intention statement with regard to the combination with BG Group plc

| Source: Royal Dutch Shell

The Hague, March 23, 2020 – The following announcement is being made pursuant to the requirements of Rule 19.6(b) of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”), which, inter alia, require a party to an offer, save with the consent of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, to promptly make an announcement should it decide to take a course of action different from its stated intentions during the period of 12 months or such longer stated period from the end of the offer period explaining its reasons for doing so. read more

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Reuters: Shell CEO’s 2019 pay halves after fatalities, revenue fall

Ron Bousso: MARCH 12, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) Chief Executive Ben van Beurden’s pay package halved last year to 10 million euros ($11.3 million) after the energy company suffered seven deaths and saw a drop in revenue.

Van Beurden, who became CEO in 2014, oversaw a sharp growth in Shell’s oil and gas output following the 2016 acquisition of BG Group for $53 billion.

But in January, the Anglo-Dutch company was forced to rein in its vast $25 billion share buyback programme amid a drop in oil and gas prices and sliding global demand for fuels and petrochemicals. read more

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‘Shakespeare’s Monkeys’ previously employed by BG Group

WHISTLEBLOWER COMMENT POSTED ON OUR SHELL BLOG ON 4 MARCH 2020.  ABOUT A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 21 OCTOBER 2019

Shell Brasil Announces Agreement with Ecopetrol
Source Press Release
Company Royal Dutch Shell, Ecopetrol
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Upstream Activities
Story Focus Deals
Date October 21, 2019

Negotiation involves sale of 30% interest in the the Gato do Mato project

Shell Brasil Petroleo Ltda. (“Shell Brasil”) announces it has entered into an agreement with Ecopetrol for the sale of 30% interest in the the Gato do Mato project, a pre-salt gas-condensate discovery that covers two contiguous blocks: BM-S-54 and Sul de Gato do Mato. read more

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OilPrice.com: Shell’s Slide Is A Major Red Flag For Oil Markets

Royal Dutch Shell reported a steep drop in earnings in the fourth quarter, and the financial squeeze may slow the pace of share buybacks and force more asset sales.

Shell’s earnings of $2.9 billion were down by half from a year earlier, leading to a 3 percent drop in its share price on Thursday morning.

After the takeover of BG Group several years ago, the Anglo-Dutch company is now just as much a natural gas major as it is an oil major, so the global gas glut is hitting the company hard. Shell is one of the largest LNG exporters in the world. LNG prices in Asia are at a 10-year low and showing very little signs of life. read more

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investors CHRONICLE: Shell’s LNG bet looks sound despite glut

Mark Robinson

When Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) launched its £35.6bn bid for BG Group, it was easy to appreciate the strategic rationale. At a stroke, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant not only bolstered its reserves, but also shored-up its position in a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market which had grown rapidly since the turn of the millennium.

Shell wasn’t alone in increasing its exposure to the sector, but investors may now be questioning whether long-term prospects in gas markets warrant the massive capital allocation. A supply glut, most noticeably in the US Permian basin, weighed on gas prices last year, and there are few signs of respite as new fields in Australia and Russia come online. read more

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