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New York Times: Court Approves Unification of Shell Group

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

New York Times: Court Approves Unification of Shell Group

“The restructuring came amid a scandal over Shell’s restatement of its oil and gas reserves. In February the company announced the fifth restatement in just over a year. In all, reserves have been cut by 6.85 billion barrels to 11.9 billion barrels at the end of 2004.”

Tuesday 19 July 2005

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A British court on Tuesday approved the unification of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. into one corporation in time for the start of trading a day later.

Shell declared its public exchange offer for all ordinary shares of Royal Dutch unconditional, with nearly 92 percent of outstanding shares in the Dutch arm having been tendered. Stock in the joint company will be traded beginning Wednesday morning in London and Amsterdam as Royal Dutch Shell PLC. read more

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The former Country home of Shell oil baron Henri Deterding

But if the traditional construction was backward-looking, the client was a man of his time: H W Deterding, director general of Royal Dutch Petroleum, soon to be known as Shell.

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NYC trial date for racketeering claims against Shell

Shell was once a major driller in Nigeria's oil-rich Ogoni region. The lawsuit alleged Shell made payments and provided arms to security forces that it knew abused local communities.

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Royal Dutch Shell to clear up Dutch holding company minorities

AFX News Limited: Royal Dutch Shell to clear up Dutch holding company minorities

Tuesday 20 Sept 2005

09.20.2005, 04:05 AM

LONDON (AFX) – Royal Dutch Shell Group announced details of its plan to clear up minority shareholdings in its former Dutch holding company, following the restructuring of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant.

It said that Royal Dutch Petroleum will be merged into a new subsidiary, Shell Petroleum NV. Remaining minority shareholders in Royal Dutch Petroleum, accounting for about 1.5 pct of its equity, will receive cash or loan notes exchangeable into Royal Dutch Shell A shares. read more

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Royal Dutch rebels in the spotlight

Daily Telegraph: Royal Dutch rebels in the spotlight

“The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers yesterday shed light on the number of rebel British investors in Royal Dutch Petroleum who are refusing to accept the terms of the merger with Shell Transport and Trading.”

Saturday 3 September 2005

By Christopher Hope (Filed: 03/09/2005)

The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers yesterday shed light on the number of rebel British investors in Royal Dutch Petroleum who are refusing to accept the terms of the merger with Shell Transport and Trading.

A stubborn rump of 1.3pc of holders in Royal Dutch had failed to accept the merger because British holders of the stock have had to pay a large capital gains tax bill on their holding as a result. read more

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Channel 4 News: ‘New Shell’ shares slump

ITN Channel 4 News: ‘New Shell’ shares slump

“Shares in newly unified oil giant Royal Dutch Shell suffered a stock market pasting on their first day of trading.”

Wednesday 20 July 2005

Last Modified: 20 Jul 2005

Shares in newly unified oil giant Royal Dutch Shell suffered a stock market pasting on their first day of trading.

Shell B shares, which originate from its former UK parent, opened higher but fell to close at 1805p, down 31p on the day.

Shell A shares, which originate from the Dutch side of the business, declined by 58p lower at 1766.5p.

The merger sees Royal Dutch Petroleum, which has its headquarters in the Hague, join forces with London-based Shell Transport & Transport. read more

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FORBES: Court Expected to OK Unification of Shell

FORBES: Court Expected to OK Unification of Shell

“A British court was expected Tuesday to approve the unification of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. into one corporation in time for the start of trading a day later.”

Tuesday 19 July 2005

A British court was expected Tuesday to approve the unification of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. into one corporation in time for the start of trading a day later.

Shell declared its public exchange offer for all ordinary shares of Royal Dutch unconditional, with nearly 92 percent of outstanding shares in the Dutch arm having been tendered. Stock in the joint company will be traded beginning Wednesday morning in London and Amsterdam as Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Assets of the oil giant are currently split 60-40 between Royal Dutch Petroleum, based in The Hague, Netherlands, and the London-based Shell Transport & Trading Co. read more

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Royal Dutch/Shell merger declared unconditional

Reuters: UPDATE 2-Royal Dutch/Shell merger declared unconditional: “The merger is aimed at restoring confidence in Shell, after a damaging reserves-overbooking scandal last year…”

Tuesday 19 July 2005

By Karl Hanuska and Tom Bergin

AMSTERDAM/LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch/Shell Group (RD.AS: Quote, Profile, Research)(SHEL.L: Quote, Profile, Research) has cleared the final hurdle in the planned merger of its Dutch and UK holding companies, after Royal Dutch shareholders pledged their shares to the deal.

The world’s third-largest oil group by market capitalisation said on Tuesday that 91.69 percent of shares in Royal Dutch, which owns 60 percent of the dual-headed group, had been tendered for exchange into shares in the unified firm. read more

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New York Times: Court Approves Unification of Shell Group

New York Times: Court Approves Unification of Shell Group

“The restructuring came amid a scandal over Shell’s restatement of its oil and gas reserves. In February the company announced the fifth restatement in just over a year. In all, reserves have been cut by 6.85 billion barrels to 11.9 billion barrels at the end of 2004.”

Tuesday 19 July 2005

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A British court on Tuesday approved the unification of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. into one corporation in time for the start of trading a day later.

Shell declared its public exchange offer for all ordinary shares of Royal Dutch unconditional, with nearly 92 percent of outstanding shares in the Dutch arm having been tendered. Stock in the joint company will be traded beginning Wednesday morning in London and Amsterdam as Royal Dutch Shell PLC. read more

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Shell says could lower minimum share exchange acceptances from 95 pct to 75 pct

Forbes.com: Shell says could lower minimum share exchange acceptances from 95 pct to 75 pct

“The Royal Dutch Shell group of companies said they reserve the right to lower the minimum acceptance level for the share exchange that creates the unified Royal Dutch Shell PLC from 95 pct to as low as 75 pct.”

Friday 8 July 2005

LONDON (AFX) – The Royal Dutch Shell group of companies said they reserve the right to lower the minimum acceptance level for the share exchange that creates the unified Royal Dutch Shell PLC from 95 pct to as low as 75 pct.

Shareholders of both Royal Dutch Petroleum Co NV and Shell Transport and Trading Co PLC have already approved the move by overwhelming majorities.

The group said today’s announcement is not an indication of the current level of acceptances on the exchange offer and does not mean the minimum acceptance level will actually be reduced. read more

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Stars aligning for Royal Dutch Shell

MarketWatch.com: Stars aligning for Royal Dutch Shell

Tuesday 28 June 2005

Rising crude price, index reweighting giving a boost

By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

LONDON (MarketWatch) — For a company recovering from a scandal surrounding its overstatement of proven oil reserves, the stars could hardly be aligning better for Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell (RD: news, chart, profile) (SC: news, chart, profile) , like the entire energy category, is benefiting from record crude-oil prices that have now topped $60 a barrel.

And, assuming shareholder approval Tuesday of the merger of its Dutch-listed company, Royal Dutch Petroleum, which presently holds 60% of assets, with U.K.-listed Shell Trading and Transport, which holds 40%, it should get a lift from index funds as well as more active investors having to meet the company’s increased standing in the FTSE 100 index as well as other European indexes. read more

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Financial Times: Much agonising over what to do

Financial Times: Much agonising over what to do

Tuesday 28 June 2005

The shareholder base of Royal Dutch and Shell Transport and Trading is so varied that investors inevitably disagree on whether the restructuring marks the end or the beginning of reform for the group, writes Sundeep Tucker.

At the height of the scandal last summer over the level of oil reserves it had booked, Jeroen van der Veer, the group’s lead executive, held a number of meetings with shareholders in the US, The Hague and the City of London. The discussions centred on investor demand for a structure that would foster accountability and transparency in decision-making. read more

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Shell prepares for the next merger round

Financial Times: Shell prepares for the next merger round

“The reserves debacle had seriously dented shareholder confidence”

Tuesday 28 June 2005

By Ian Bickerton, James Boxell, Thomas Catan and Henry Tricks

On the top floor of London’s towering Shell Centre, a cavernous boardroom looms over the Houses of Parliament, filled with high-backed chairs and rows of angled microphones. For decades, British and Dutch directors from two separate companies have held eight “conferences” a year, alternating between there and The Hague, to decide on the business of Royal Dutch/Shell Group. But if shareholders on Tuesday approve the most radical restructuring in its history, the London room will fall into disuse. Instead, board members will assemble each time in a gabled building, topped by a clock tower, in the vicinity of the Dutch parliament. read more

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Shareholders Set to OK Shell Unification (AP)

Schaeffers Research, Ohio: Shareholders Set to OK Shell Unification (AP)

28 June 2005

By ANTHONY DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer

THE HAGUE, Netherlands

Shareholders are expected to approve the merger of the Anglo-Dutch parent companies of Royal Dutch/Shell on Tuesday, ending a century-old dual corporate structure at the world’s third largest oil producer.

Shell announced the plans along with its third quarter earnings on Oct. 28. The announcement came amid a scandal over the repeated downgrading of its strategic oil reserves, which form the backbone of its business. read more

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Shell investors set to ditch dual listed structure

Reuters: Shell investors set to ditch dual listed structure:nif

Tue Jun 28, 2005

By Tom Bergin, European Oil and Gas Correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch/Shell (SHEL.L: Quote, Profile, Research) (RD.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) shareholders are expected to end a century of history on Tuesday when they vote on scrapping the group’s dual-listed structure.

Shell hopes the unification of its Dutch and British parent companies will help streamline its management structure, whose complexity was blamed for a damaging reserves overbooking scandal last year. read more

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The boards of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading will be merged

Daily Telegraph (UK): The week ahead: The boards of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading will be merged into one with a single chairman and chief executive

Monday 27 June 2005

A guide to company results and meetings, and economic statistics (Filed: 27/06/2005)

Shareholders of oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell are expected to vote in favour of a restructuring programme at Tuesday’s annual meeting that will simplify the firm’s complex dual-board structure.

The boards of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading will be merged into one with a single chairman and chief executive. read more

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