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Royal Dutch Shell News 31 Jan 2019

Royal Dutch Shell Plc came through a quarter of volatile oil prices to beat earnings estimates, delivering a surge in cash flow the company said will underpin “world-class” returns to investors. The better-than-expected performance should help to ease questions about whether Shell can simultaneously afford to reduce debt, and complete its share-buyback program, while also paying one of the world’s largest cash dividends. Yet it also underlines some analysts’ concerns about the level of investment, as replacement of reserves fell well below average. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Royal Dutch Shell News 7 Jan 2019: Three different news items

Ben van Beurden Photographer: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg

The boss of oil giant Shell has admitted he is “still unhappy” with the firm’s safety performance, despite pledging a redoubling of efforts in 2018.

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Chief executive, Ben van Beurden, raised a call to redouble the firm’s focus on safety last year after a number of serious incidents in 2017.

An overturned tanker spill and explosion in Pakistan caused the tragic death of 200 people, while there were also fatalities in Canada and Nigeria.

Mr van Beurden added he is also focusing on restoring trust in the oil firm.

He said: “I’m still unhappy with our safety performance.

“In 2018, sadly two people died on our watch – one at a refinery in Germany and another at an onshore well in the USA.

“More broadly, the safety performance at our facilities has improved, but our performance on personal safety is worse than the previous year.

“We have to step up our efforts to keep people safe.”

Mr van Beurden also said that he can see that trust has noticed an “eroding” or trust in the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.

Shell came under heavy criticism from climate groups in 2018, with high profile opposition coming from investor group Follow This.

The firm also faced widespread shareholder opposition over chief executive pay last year.

Mr van Beurden said: “I feel an attack on Shell as an attack on my personal integrity. It’s something I feel deeply, probably at least once a day. If I can reduce that to once every other day, I’ll know that we are making progress.

“Of our three strategic ambitions – to become a world-class investment case, to thrive through the transition to lower-carbon energy and to have a strong societal licence to operate – I’m confident that we can achieve the first two.

“But I can’t see a sure path towards strengthening our societal licence to operate just yet.

“We need to change people’s perceptions through better performance and behaviours. And we need to have a better dialogue with civil society in some parts of the world.”

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The Gulf Coast has become home of one the largest producers of a common plastic: Shell fired up its fourth alpha olefins unit at its chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, the company said Monday.

The multi-billion dollar expansion adds 425,000 metric tons per a year in capacity to the chemical manufacturing site, bringing its total alpha olefin production up at Geismar to more than 1.3 million metric tons per a year. That makes it the largest alpha olefins producing site in the world, the company said. read more

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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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    Reuters Royal Dutch Shell News: 31 July 2018

    Shell, Petrobras units probed for Brazil price-fixing

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s three largest fuel distribution companies are under investigation for fixing prices at the pump, police said on Tuesday…

    Shell to make final investment call on Nigeria oilfield in 2019: official read more

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    Shell quarterly profit rises 30 percent, oil giant announces $25 billion share buyback

    • Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell posted a 30 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter of 2018.
    • Net income attributable to shareholders on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis, used as a proxy for net profit, and excluding identified items, came in at $4.69 billion.
    • Shell announced a $25 billion share buyback program.

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    Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell posted a 30 percent increase in net profit in the second quarter of 2018 and announced a $25 billion share buyback program. Net income attributable to shareholders on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis, used as a proxy for net profit, and excluding identified items, came in at $4.69 billion, up from $3.6 billion seen in the same quarter a year ago. The earnings fell short of an analyst consensus of $5.967 billion, however, Reuters reported. The company said the earnings “reflected increased contributions from Integrated Gas and Upstream, partly offset by lower earnings in Downstream.” FULL ARTICLE 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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    As Oil Hits $75, Shell Wants Deepwater Costs at $40 or Below

    The Big Oil playbook has been straightforward for decades: Higher prices mean offshore projects that are further, deeper, more complex than ever before. It’s different this time, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

    Deepwater projects need to break even at $40 a barrel, or preferably lower, said Harry Brekelmans, Shell’s project and technology director, in an interview Monday, That’s almost half the cost of some projects commissioned before the 2014 oil-price crash, he said. On Monday, Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose to more than $75 a barrel in London.  read more

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    Shell puts buybacks on hold despite rising profit

    Workers at a project in Malaysia. Shell has operations in more than 70 countries: FLICKR

    Emily Gosden: April 2018

    Royal Dutch Shell reported its best quarterly profits in five years but disappointed investors yesterday by generating less cash than expected and failing to start promised share buybacks.

    The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said that resurgent oil and gas prices helped deliver a 69 per cent surge in profits to $5.7 billion in the first quarter — the highest since the first quarter of 2013.

    Underlying profits of $5.3 billion were fractionally ahead of market forecasts but cashflow was below expectations and Shell’s shares fell 0.73 per cent. 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 Profit Jump Isn’t Enough to Dispel Cash-Flow Worries

    Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc rode the surge in oil prices to even greater heights, posting a profit not seen since the days of $100 a barrel, but investors continued to worry about the company’s cash flow.

    Earnings at Europe’s largest energy company vaulted ahead of the upswing in crude to an average of $67 in the first quarter, reaping the benefits of years of cost cuts. Yet shares fell as analysts raised concerns about whether the company will be able to afford share buybacks. read more

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