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Oil giant Shell raises dividend and launches $2 billion share buyback as commodity prices soar

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Oil giant Shell raises dividend and launches $2 billion share buyback as commodity prices soar

Sam Meredith: PUBLISHED THU, JUL 29 20214:37 AM EDTUPDATED THU, JUL 29 20218:35 AM EDT KEY POINTS
  • Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported adjusted earnings of $5.5 billion for the three months through to the end of June, beating analyst expectations.
  • The Anglo-Dutch company boosted its dividend for the second consecutive quarter and announced the launch of a $2 billion share buyback program that it aims to complete by the end of the year.
  • Share prices of the world’s largest oil and gas majors have not yet followed an improvement in the earnings outlook, however, and the industry still faces a host of uncertainties and challenges.

LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter earnings, lending further support to the energy major’s plans to reduce net debt and reward investors.

The Anglo-Dutch company reported adjusted earnings of $5.5 billion for the three months through to the end of June. That compared with $638 million over the same period a year earlier and $3.2 billion for the first quarter of 2021. read more

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Shell prepares to raise shareholder payouts

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Shell prepares to raise shareholder payouts

Higher oil prices help cut debt pile as energy major pledges to lift returns via dividends or buybacks

: 7 JULY 2021 Royal Dutch Shell said higher oil prices had helped it cut its debt pile, paving the way for higher shareholder returns in the second quarter. In a trading statement on Wednesday ahead of results due at the end of the month, the Anglo-Dutch energy major said it would increase payouts to investors, to between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of cash flow from operations, through buybacks or dividends. Shell, which did not provide guidance on which form the distributions would take, said the higher payouts were the result of “strong operational and financial delivery, combined with an improved macroeconomic outlook”. FULL ARTICLE
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Shell announces deep-water discovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Shell announces deep-water discovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

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Shell Offshore Inc. 

May 11, 2021, 08:00 ET

HOUSTONMay 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Offshore Inc. (“Shell”), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, today announced a significant discovery at the Leopard prospect in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The Leopard well encountered more than 600 feet (183 meters) net oil pay at multiple levels. Evaluation is ongoing to further define development options. read more

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Big Oil Is In Desperate Need Of New Discoveries

Big Oil Is In Desperate Need Of New Discoveries

By Alex Kimani – May 10, 2021, 2:00 PM CDT

The year 2020 was a watershed moment for the fossil fuel sector. Faced with a global pandemic, severe demand shocks and a shift towards renewable energy, experts warned that nearly $900 billion worth of reserves–or about one-third of the value of big oil and gas companies–were at risk of becoming worthless.

Even Big Oil mostly appeared resigned to its fate, with Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) CEO Ben van Beurden declaring that we had already hit peak oil demand while BP Plc. (NYSE:BP)—a company that doubled down on its aggressive drilling right after the historic 2015 UN Climate Change Agreement--finally gave in saying “..concerns about carbon emissions and climate change mean that it is increasingly unlikely that the world’s reserves of oil will ever be exhausted.” BP went on to announce one of the largest asset writedowns of any oil major after slashing up to $17.5 billion off the value of its assets and conceded that it “expects the pandemic to hasten the shift away from fossil fuels.” read more

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Will Supermajors Finally Be Held Accountable For Oil Spills?

Will Supermajors Finally Be Held Accountable For Oil Spills?

By Global Risk Insights – May 08, 2021, 12:00 PM CDT

A British Supreme Court ruling has brought to a head a 13-year-old battle to hold Royal Dutch Shell accountable for massive oil spills in the Niger Delta in 2008 and 2009. This creates a precedent for taking multinational corporations to trial in the home countries of their parent companies. This may mark the beginning of a more regulated global environment, in which subsidiary companies responsible for human rights abuses happening abroad could be held more accountable. Whether this will be an effective solution remains to be seen.  read more

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Royal Dutch Shell: One Year Later, Shareholders Are $50 Billion Poorer Despite Solid Results

Royal Dutch Shell: One Year Later, Shareholders Are $50 Billion Poorer Despite Solid Results

Daniel Thurecht: May 04, 2021 

Summary

  • It has been one year since Royal Dutch Shell shocked equity markets with their hasty decision to heavily reduce their dividends given the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • This time around they have provided a 4% dividend increase for the third straight quarter, along with a solid set of results that show a recovery is well underway.
  • Despite their solid financial performance, their share price continues lagging that of their peers who sustained their dividends by a significant margin and thus makes their shareholders $50b poorer.
  • Thankfully, it appears that their shareholder returns are poised to increase as soon as following the second quarter of 2021 since they are easily within reach of their $65b net debt goal.
  • Given their continued strong financial performance and higher dividends, I believe that maintaining my very bullish rating is appropriate.
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    Shell buybacks ‘sooner rather than later’

    Shell buybacks ‘sooner rather than later’

    Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: Friday April 30 2021, 12.01am, The Times

    Royal Dutch Shell told investors yesterday that it could soon be ready to start share buybacks after higher oil prices boosted its profits.

    The London-listed, Anglo-Dutch oil major reported a 58 per cent jump in first-quarter net earnings to $4.3 billion after the price of Brent crude rebounded to $61 a barrel, from $50 a barrel a year earlier.

    Shell, which slashed its dividend by two thirds a year ago as oil prices crashed, confirmed plans to increase the quarterly payout to 17.35 cents per share, up 4 per cent on the fourth quarter. It has promised to further increase returns once net debt is reduced to $65 billion and said that it was making progress towards this milestone, with debt down by $4.1 read more

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    Shell climate plan draws fund opposition at upcoming AGM

    Shell climate plan draws fund opposition at upcoming AGM

    Apr. 28, 2021, 11:55 AM ET Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) By Carl SurranSA News Editor

  • Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.ARDS.Bclimate change strategy does not go far enough, the U.K.’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum says in recommending members oppose the plan at the company’s annual general meeting next month.
  • “The strategy as stated does not sufficiently address the challenges Shell faces, with competition from renewable energy potentially putting fossil fuel businesses out of business on cost grounds alone,” LAPFF Chair Doug McMurdo says.
  • The fund chair also questions Shell’s reliance on carbon capture and storage solutions and the company’s plans to plant lots of trees to help reduce its emissions.
  • LAPFF, whose 82 members manage more than £300B ($416.6B) in assets, says it backs a resolution from the Follow This activist group that calls for Shell to align its targets with the Paris climate agreement.
  • While the result will be non-binding, Shell is set to become the first major oil and gas company to give investors a chance to vote on its energy transition strategy.
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    Shell raises dividend for second time in six months after first-quarter earnings beat forecasts

    Shell raises dividend for second time in six months after first-quarter earnings beat forecasts

    Sam Meredith: PUBLISHED THU, APR 29 20212:09 AM EDT

    KEY POINTS
    • The Anglo-Dutch company reported adjusted earnings of $3.2 billion for the three months through to the end of March. Analysts had expected $3.1 billion, according to Refinitiv.
    • Shell also raised its dividend by around 4%, its second increase in six months.
    • It comes as energy majors seek to reassure investors that they have gained a more stable footing in recent months.

    LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported slightly better-than-expected first-quarter earnings, amid stronger commodity prices and growing expectations of a fuel demand recovery.

    Shell also raised its dividend by around 4%, its second increase in six months, as the oil major seeks to reassure investors it has gained a more stable footing. It comes after Shell slashed its payout for the first time since World War II in April last year. read more

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    Shell raises its dividend as profits surge

    Shell raises its dividend as profits surge

    Reuters Ron Bousso Shadia Nasralla: April 29, 2021

    Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) profits leapt to $3.23 billion in the first three months of the year and the energy company raised its dividend as planned but warned on Thursday that the outlook remained uncertain due to the pandemic.

    Shell’s adjusted earnings came in ahead of an average analyst forecast of $3.125 billion and were also above earnings of $2.9 billion last year, boosted by assets sales as well as higher oil and liquefied natural gas prices. read more

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    Shell shareholders miss out on payday under weight of $74bn debt mountain The oil giant has promised more cash for investors – but not until debt has fallen to $65bn (£47bn)

    Shell shareholders miss out on payday under weight of $74bn debt mountain  

    The oil giant has promised more cash for investors – but not until debt has fallen to $65bn (£47bn)

    Shell shareholders are to be kept waiting for higher dividend payouts as the oil giant labours under a massive debt pile.

    The Anglo-Dutch company has pledged to distribute up to 30pc of cash flow to shareholders as soon as its debts come down to $65bn (£47bn), as it tries to keep investors on board while it moves towards lower carbon energy. read more

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    London museum under fire over climate exhibit sponsored by Shell

    London museum under fire over climate exhibit sponsored by Shell

    “It beggars belief that this iconic British institution has freely chosen to link up with Shell … at such a crucial time,” Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, said in a statement.

    By , Thomson Reuters Foundation: APRIL 16, 2021

    April 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – London’s Science Museum came under fire on Friday for having oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell as a sponsor of an upcoming exhibition on climate change, a move described by environmental groups as “out-of-step”. read more

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    Shell says electric vehicles will be crucial in its efforts to lower carbon emissions

    Shell says electric vehicles will be crucial in its efforts to lower carbon emissions

    Sumathi Bala: FRI, APR 16 20214:50 AM EDT
    • Electric vehicles will play a critical role in Royal Dutch Shell’s decarbonizing efforts – opening up opportunities in this mobility sector, according to a senior executive at the oil giant.
    • Huibert Vigeveno, downstream director at Shell, says the company intends to expand its global EV charging stations network worldwide, pledging to have 2.5 million charging points by 2030.

    Electric vehicles will play a critical role in Royal Dutch Shell’s efforts to cut emissions, according to a senior executive at the oil giant.

    “If you look at the decarbonization opportunities of this mobility sector, EV plays a crucial role,” said Huibert Vigeveno, downstream director at Shell, adding that the company intends to expand its global electric vehicle charging stations network worldwide. read more

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    Shell To Exhaust Dwindling Oil & Gas Reserves By 2040

    Shell To Exhaust Dwindling Oil & Gas Reserves By 2040

    By Tsvetana Paraskova – Apr 15, 2021, 3:00 PM CDT

    Shell expects to have produced 75 percent of its current proved oil and gas reserves by 2030, and only around 3 percent after 2040, the supermajor said in its Energy Transition Strategy that it will put to a non-binding shareholder vote next month.

    Discussing the risk of stranded assets in the energy transition, Shell said that every year it tests its oil and gas portfolio under different scenarios, including prolonged low oil prices, and cross-references assets with break-even prices to assess if they would still be viable in case of low oil and gas prices. read more

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    Shell plays down risk of stranded oil and gas reserves

    Shell plays down risk of stranded oil and gas reserves

    Ron Bousso: April 15, 2021 Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday the majority of its oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2050, playing down the risk of stranded assets as it prepares to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.

    The disclosure is a rare admission by a major oil and gas company that some of its reserves may be worthless in a world shifting to renewable energy from fossil fuels in an effort to stem global warming.

    The Anglo-Dutch company said in a document to investors summarising its climate strategy that around 75% of its proved oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2030, with an additional 3% produced after 2040.

    Since late 2019, Shell has wiped out over $20 billion from the value of its oil and gas reserves after lowering the outlook for commodity prices because of the energy transition and the impact on demand of the COVID-19 pandemic. read more

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    Shell Urges Shareholders to Reject Activist Climate Plan

    Shell Urges Shareholders to Reject Activist Climate Plan

    by Bloomberg | Laura Hurst | Thursday, April 15, 2021

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s board has urged shareholders to reject a climate resolution filed by Dutch activist investor Follow This in favor of its own energy transition plan, which the company will put to a vote next month.

    The Anglo-Dutch major said that the Follow This resolution, which asks Shell to set and publish targets consistent with the goals of the Paris climate agreement, is “redundant” given its own “more comprehensive strategy,” according to a company notice. read more

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