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Royal Dutch Shell News 2 November 2018

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Royal Dutch Shell News 29 Oct 2018

Giants amass cash for share buybacks and dividends

The two biggest London-listed oil majors are expected to report higher profits and cash levels this week, driven by rising oil and gas prices as the industry’s recovery continues.

The price of a barrel of Brent crude averaged $75.80 during the third quarter of the year, 45% higher than the same period in 2017, while UK gas prices are up 54% year-on-year.

The rally following the crash that sent prices below $30 a barrel in 2016 is helping companies to repay debt and start rewarding shareholders, even as it pushes up costs for households and motorists. Analysts’ profit forecasts for BP, which reports on Tuesday, averaged $2.8bn (£2.2bn) compared with $1.9bn during the same quarter last year. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell News 13 October 2018

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Royal Dutch Shell News Stories 26 Sept 2018

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Royal Dutch Shell News 25 August 2018

Aristofanis Papadatos: 25 August 2018

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell has not cut its dividend since World War II and is currently offering a 5.6% dividend yield.
  • The oil major has frozen its dividend for 18 consecutive quarters.
  • The big question is whether it will raise its dividend amid excessive free cash flows and a brightening outlook of the oil sector. FULL ARTICLE
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    Shell Starts Long-Awaited Buybacks Even as Profit Misses

    By Kelly Gilblom: 26 July 2018, 07:21 BST. Updated on 26 July 2018, 08:40 BST

    *Energy giant to buy back $2 billion of shares over 3 months

    *Second-quarter profit misses even the lowest analyst estimate

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc finally gave investors the share buybacks they’ve been demanding, even as profit fell short of expectations despite resurgent crude prices. The Anglo-Dutch energy producer said Thursday that it is starting a $25 billion share-repurchase program, initially buying up $2 billion of stock over three months. That should soothe investors who have grown increasingly anxious about when they’ll see the reward for sticking with Shell through the biggest oil-industry downturn in a generation. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell kick-starts £19bn windfall for patient shareholders

    Shell boss Ben van Beurden said the move “complements the progress we have made since the completion of the BG acquisition in 2016” 

    Jillian Ambrose: 

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    $US150 a barrel? Shareholder greed could make oil prices double

    By Ben Sharples: Bloomberg News: 7 July 2018

    Oil investors may regret urging companies to cough up cash now instead of investing in growth for later as the dearth of exploration is setting the stage for an unprecedented crude price spike, according to Sanford C. Bernstein.

    Companies have been compelled to focus on boosting returns and shareholder distributions at the expense of capital expenditures aimed at finding new supplies, analysts including Neil Beveridge wrote in a note on Friday. read more

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    Shell approves second North Sea project this year

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    By: , SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.Bapproves its second North Sea project in six months, moving forward with development of the Fram natural gas field it considered uneconomical to produce six years ago. Shell, along with partner Exxon Mobil (XOM -1.7%), says it plans to produce as much as 13K boe/day from two wells in the Fram field by 2020, adding ~10% to the company’s current output in the U.K. North Sea. read more

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    Shell adds competitive, deep-water production in the US Gulf of Mexico

    Kaikias, an economically resilient, subsea development in the US Gulf of Mexico

    HOUSTONMay 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Offshore, Inc. (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, announces today the early start of production – around one-year ahead of schedule – at the first phase of Kaikias, an economically resilient, subsea development in the US Gulf of Mexico with estimated peak production of 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Shell has reduced costs by around 30% at this deep-water project since taking the investment decision in early 2017, lowering the forward-looking, break-even price to less than $30 per barrel of oil. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Investors turn up heat on Shell over climate targets

    Ron Bousso: MAY 22, 2018

    THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Top investors in Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday stepped up pressure on the oil and gas giant to commit to hard targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to battle climate change.

    Shell has set out “ambitions” to halve carbon emissions by 2050 and expand in renewables energy, which Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said were ground breaking for the oil industry.

    To view a graphic on Shell emissions, click: reut.rs/2Iya7Hf

    “Nobody else comes close, it is seriously ambitious,” van Beurden said of Shell’s plan at the company’s annual general meeting in The Hague. read more

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    Shell Spreads Its Bets Around as It Prepares for a Greener Future

    Shell closed a deal to buy First Utility, a British energy company that owns neither power plants nor gas pipelines, in March. CreditTom Jamieson for The New York Times

    By Stanley Reed

    COVENTRY, England — There seems to be little about the scrappy energy company in central England that would appeal to Royal Dutch Shell, the button-down oil giant. The little company, First Utility, is an upstart challenger. It offers friendly customer service, and low prices on electricity and natural gas. But it doesn’t own any power plants or gas pipelines; First Utility is a virtual energy company — the product of technological advancement and deregulation. read more

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    Shell Gets Hit by the Taxman. Again.

    Investors waiting for buybacks are going to need to be patient.

    The oil price stages a dramatic recovery yet free cash flow at Europe’s biggest oil company goes nowhere. Royal Dutch Shell Plc retains a capacity to disappoint.

    Shell has been dogged by doubts over whether it can afford to maintain its quarterly dividend. Late last year it sought to silence skeptics by moving to make the payout entirely in cash instead of partly in shares. Furthermore, it recommitted to a $25 billion share buyback program. It is clear that such an ambition exceeds current reality, judging by the business today. read more

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    BRIEF-Shell CFO says on track for $25 bln share buybacks

    REUTERS STAFF: APRIL 26, 2018

    April 26 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Chief Financial Officer Jessica Uhl said in a conference call following first quarter 2018 results:

    * SHELL CFO UHL SAYS “ON TRACK BUT NOT THERE YET” TO TRIGGER $25 BILLION BUYBACK PROGRAMME

    * SHELL CFO UHL SAYS “QUESTION OF TIME, NOT INTENT” TO BEGIN BUYBACKS

    * SHELL CFO UHL SAYS GAS TRADING “PARTICULARLY SOFT” IN FIRST QUARTER 2018 

    * SHELL CFO UHL SAYS THERE IS STILL OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER DRIVE DOWN OPERATING COSTS Further company coverage: ( read more

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    Shell’s Earnings Have Gas, Could Be More Well-Oiled

    Shell’s gas production was up nearly 10% on the year—from just a 2% rise the previous quarter. PHOTO: PATRICK HAMILTON/BLOOMBERG NEWS By Nathaniel Taplin: April 26, 2018 5:08 a.m. ET

    Shell turned in a strong first-quarter 2018, thanks to higher oil prices and fat volume increases in natural gas. Gas production was up nearly 10% on the year—from just a 2% rise the previous quarter—and earnings jumped 67% to $5.9 billion, the highest for one quarter since 2013. That’s all great news for shareholders. The fly in the ointment, like the quarter before, is Shell’s declining output of liquid fuels—crude oil and natural gas-drilling byproducts such as ethane—which means that it can’t fully reap the benefits of rebounding oil prices… read more

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    Higher oil and gas prices boost Royal Dutch Shell profits by 69%

    The group was also helped by a strong performance from its liquefied natural gas businessSERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERS

    Royal Dutch Shell has reported a 69 per cent rise in profits to $5.7 billion for the first quarter on the back of higher oil and gas prices.

    The Anglo-Dutch oil group said it had also benefited from a particularly strong performance in its “integrated gas” business, which includes production and shipping of liquefied natural gas, and from improved profits from exploration and production.

    Underlying profits, stripping out one-off items, rose 42 per cent to $5.3 billion, the highest quarterly profit since the third quarter of 2014 and marginally above analysts’ expectations. A slight decline in free cashflow compared with the same period a year ago appeared to unnerve investors, however, and Shell’s shares fell 2 per cent in early trading. read more

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