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Shell faces anger over takeover of Australian green energy retailer

REUTERS

Shell faces anger over takeover of Australian green energy retailer

REUTERS: Wed, November 24, 2021, 6:53 AM

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is facing protests over its takeover of green energy retailer Powershop Australia, with customers threatening to switch to other renewable energy providers to avoid becoming customers of a fossil fuel company.

Shell said on Monday it was expanding into Australia’s household power market by teaming up with Infrastructure Capital Group to buy Meridian Energy’s Australian electricity business, which has more than 185,000 customers, for A$729 million ($526 million). The deal is expected to close in early 2022. read more

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Shell takeover of Powershop infuriates green consumers

The Sydney Morning Herald

Shell takeover of Powershop infuriates green consumers

By Henrietta Cook: November 24, 2021 — 5.46pm

Consumers are abandoning online green energy darling Powershop Australia after Shell announced earlier this week that it would acquire the electricity and gas retailer and 185,000 of its customers.

Political activist group GetUp, which previously encouraged tens of thousands of its followers to switch to Powershop to support cleaner energy, is furious about the $729 million deal. It described Shell as “one of the worst climate polluters in the world”. read more

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Shell Launches Shareholder Talks to Win Backing for HQ Move, Sources Say

Shell Launches Shareholder Talks to Win Backing for HQ Move, Sources Say

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LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has launched talks with investors to secure support for its plan to relocate its headquarters from the Netherlands to Britain, sources said, as a leading advisory recommended backing the move at a December vote.

Shell said this month it would scrap its dual Anglo-Dutch share structure and move its head office to London from The Hague due to the Dutch tax system and after a court ruling over its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The company also plans to move its tax residence to Britain and drop “Royal Dutch” from its name – part of its identity since 1907 – to become Shell Plc. read more

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Shell Acquires Powershop Australia

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Shell Acquires Powershop Australia

The acquisition is in line with Shell’s ambition to create an integrated power business.

Shell Energy Operations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell, is acquiring Powershop Australia, an online energy retailer serving more than 185,000 customers.

The transaction will take place through the 100% acquisition of Meridian Energy Australia Group (MEA), the parent company of Powershop, by a consortium of Shell and Infrastructure Capital Group (ICG), an Australian infrastructure investor and manager. Under the terms of the deal, Shell will acquire Powershop and ICG will acquire MEA’s portfolio of renewable generation assets and development projects. read more

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Brexit success: Shell headquarter move shows Remoaner predictions are ‘other way around’

Express.co.uk

Brexit success: Shell headquarter move shows Remoaner predictions are ‘other way around’

OIL giant Shell is relocating its headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK, a move some are labelling as proof that Brexit is not synonymous with losing foreign business.

By TERESA GOTTEIN MARTINEZ

Shell has this week announced it was ready to sacrifice the designation “Royal” — from Royal Dutch Shell — to shift its tax residency from the EU to the UK. It already chose the country as its corporate base and primary stock market listing in 2005 but now, “despite Brexit“, the British-Dutch multinational will call London its only home. read more

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Shell is ‘doing its own Brexit,’ with a massive EU snub in favor of the UK move.

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Shell is ‘doing its own Brexit,’ with a massive EU snub in favor of the UK move.

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Shell is ‘doing its own Brexit,’ with a massive EU snub in favor of the UK move.

THE European Union has been shattered after it was revealed that oil giant Shell is “doing its own Brexit” by moving its headquarters from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, with one political expert dubbing the news a “political bomb.”

Royal Dutch Shell is getting rid of its dual share structure and relocating its headquarters from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, which is a huge win for the Brexit campaign. read more

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‘Political bomb!’ Shell ‘doing own Brexit’ with huge EU snub in favour of UK move

Express.co.uk

‘Political bomb!’ Shell ‘doing own Brexit’ with huge EU snub in favour of UK move

THE European Union has been destroyed after being told oil giant Shell is “doing its own Brexit” by relocating its HQ from the Netherlands to the UK, with one political expert branding the news a “political bomb”.

By PAUL WITHERS

In a huge win for Brexit Britain, Royal Dutch Shell is scrapping its dual share structure and moving its head office to Britain from the Netherlands. The company is dropping “Royal Dutch” from its name – part of its identity since 1907 – to become Shell Plc. The firm has been at the centre of a bitter row with Dutch authorities over the country’s 15 percent dividend withholding tax on some of its shares, which makes them less attractive for investors. read more

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Shell Jumps Out Of Fire And Lands In The Frying Pan

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Shell Jumps Out Of Fire And Lands In The Frying Pan

Zoltan Ban: Nov. 19, 2021
  • Shell’s move to exit the Dutch tax and legal jurisdiction is officially presented as an issue of dividend taxation that Shell and others hoped for years to see it repealed.
  • Though it is not much discussed by Shell or the media, the harsh environmental ruling by a Dutch court that forces Shell to cut emissions may have played a role.
  • Even though Shell is not currently faced with similar legal pressures in the UK, it may nevertheless feel other pressures to cut emissions by a similar margin.
  • Shell’s upstream segment is the most likely part of the business that will be sacrificed to environmental pressures.
  • Shell will most likely try to adapt its LNG and petrochemicals sector to lower emissions, that will make it less profitable. Higher natural gas prices will add to profitability concerns.

Investment thesis: Shell (RDS.A), (RDS.B) is leaving the Dutch legal jurisdiction, officially due to some dividend tax issues and it will make the UK its sole home base. Unofficially, it may be in large part a way to escape a court-imposed emissions reduction demand on its business activities. While the move to escape a legally binding cut of 45% compared with 2020 levels by 2030 is potentially avoided through this move, the internal, as well as external pressures for it to cut emissions, hydrocarbons production, and so on, will not cease. read more

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Shell wins backing for its planned UK switch

The Times

Shell wins backing for its planned UK switch

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: The Times

Plans by Royal Dutch Shell to unify its dual-share structure and move its headquarters and tax base from the Netherlands to Britain have won the backing of an influential shareholder advisory group.

Glass Lewis recommended that investors back the proposed changes to Shell’s articles of association in a vote on December 10 that also would lead to the oil company losing “Royal Dutch” from its name.

The plans have the backing, too, of CalSTRS, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, America’s second largest public pension fund with more than $320 billion under management. It took a leading role in forcing board changes at ExxonMobil, the American oil major, this year. read more

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‘Desperate’ Dutch PM blasted as he scrambles to stop Shell’s move to UK

‘Desperate’ Dutch PM blasted as he scrambles to stop Shell’s move to UK

DUTCH Prime Minister Mark Rutte suffered a brutal attack after his government attempted to convince Royal Dutch Shell not to leave the Netherlands for the UK.

By ALESSANDRA SCOTTO DI SANTOLO 10:09, Wed, Nov 17, 2021 | UPDATED: 15:14, Wed, Nov 17, 2021 Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it would scrap its dual share structure and move its head office to Brexit Britain from the Netherlands, pushed away by Dutch taxes and facing climate pressure in court as the energy giant shifts from oil and gas. The company, which long faced questions from investors about its dual structure and had recently been hit by a Dutch court order over its climate targets, aims to drop “Royal Dutch” from its name – part of its identity since 1907 – to become Shell Plc.

The firm has been in a long-running tussle with the Dutch authorities over the country’s 15 percent dividend withholding tax on some of its shares, making them less attractive for international investors.

Shell introduced the two-class share structure in 2005 after a previous corporate overhaul. read more

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Dutch Divorce: How Shell Split With Netherlands After 114 Years

Bloomberg

Dutch Divorce: How Shell Split With Netherlands After 114 Years

(Bloomberg) — A twenty-minute stroll through The Hague — the pretty but low-key city that houses The Netherlands’ government — takes you from the prime minister’s office to the workplace of someone who’s arguably even more powerful: the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

But when Ben van Beurden, who’s worked at Shell since he graduated from nearby Delft University in 1983, called Mark Rutte on Sunday afternoon, the conversation was anything but close. He rang to tell the PM that Europe’s biggest oil company was moving its headquarters to London, a step that would simplify its corporate structure and cut taxes for investors. read more

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Shell faces threat of Dutch ‘exit tax’ as relocation plan causes outcry

FINANCIAL TIMES

Shell faces threat of Dutch ‘exit tax’ as relocation plan causes outcry

Shell has been threatened with an exit penalty by Dutch opposition parties after the energy company’s decision to end its dual share structure and move its tax base to the UK triggered a political backlash in the Netherlands.

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Shell’s decision to leave the Netherlands is about keeping investors on its side in difficult times

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Shell’s decision to leave the Netherlands is about keeping investors on its side in difficult times

BY KATHERINE DUNN: November 16, 2021 4:58 PM GMT

The Dutch government is scrambling to find a way to make Royal Dutch Shell remain royal and Dutch after the oil and gas giant announced Monday that it had decided to up sticks from its home in the Hague and move its headquarters to London.

The Dutch government’s eagerness to retain the giant firm is not surprising—and exactly how Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet are trying to do so says a lot about which of Shell’s stated reasons for moving is the most important one. read more

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Oil major switches sides: Shell’s UK move is a big plus for the City post-Brexit, says ALEX BRUMMER

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Oil major switches sides: Shell’s UK move is a big plus for the City post-Brexit, says ALEX BRUMMER

Shell’s decision to sacrifice its ‘Royal Dutch’ designation and unify its domicile in London is epoch-making.

It is a big plus for the City post-Brexit, even if there are green campaigners who will find the increased presence of an oil major in the UK a cause for disquiet. read more

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Dutch government rushes to keep Shell in Netherlands

FINANCIAL TIMES

Dutch government rushes to keep Shell in Netherlands

The Dutch government has launched an eleventh-hour attempt to keep Shell in the Netherlands by seeking to abolish a controversial dividend tax cited by the energy group as a reason to unify its share structure and move its headquarters to the UK. Officials from the Dutch government told the Financial Times that the caretaker government of Mark Rutte was seeking to find a last-minute parliamentary majority to scrap a 15 per cent withholding tax that has long been a source of complaint for Shell and fellow Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever. The political machinations come hours after Shell announced it would end its dual-share structure… read more

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Shell wants to move headquarters amid cleaner energy shift

The Washington Post

Shell wants to move headquarters amid cleaner energy shift By Associated Press: Today at 6:58 a.m. EST LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell proposed moving its headquarters from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom and streamlining its structure Monday in hopes of making it easier to move forward in a world transitioning away from a dependence on fossil fuels.

The company, which has been incorporated in the U.K. with Dutch tax residency and dual class shares since 2005, said it wanted to move to a more conventional structure to be able to make the company more competitive as it seeks to meet the challenges of shifting toward cleaner energy.

Dutch officials said they were “unpleasantly surprised” by the move.

“The government deeply regrets that Shell wants to move its head office to the United Kingdom,” Dutch Economic Affairs and Climate Minister Stef Blok said. “We are in talks with the top of Shell about the implications of this move for jobs, critical investment decisions and sustainability.” read more

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