Royal Dutch Shell plc third quarter 2020 results

Royal Dutch Shell plc third quarter 2020 results

Shell today announced a cash allocation framework that will enable it to reduce debt, increase distributions to shareholders, and allow for disciplined growth as it reshapes its business for the future of energy. Ongoing work to reshape Shell’s portfolio is expected to deliver continued cash generation to grow its lowcarbon businesses as well as to increase shareholder distributions, making a compelling investment case.


In confirming its progressive dividend policy, Shell announces a dividend per share growth by around 4% to 16.65 US cents for the third quarter 2020 and annually thereafter, subject to Board approval.


The cash allocation framework includes a target to reduce net debt to $65 billion (from $73.5 billion as of September 30, 2020) – and, on achieving this milestone, a target to distribute a total of 20-30% of cash flow from operations to shareholders. Increased shareholder distributions will be achieved through a combination of Shell’s progressive dividend and share buybacks.


Remaining cash will be allocated to disciplined and measured capex growth and further debt reduction, targeting AA credit metrics through the cycle.


Shell’s decisive steps this year have significantly strengthened its financial resilience, allowing the acceleration of strategic plans and providing clarity on cash priorities. These actions support Shell’s ambition to become a net-zero energy emissions business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and its customers. Read More ………………


INTEGRATED GAS

Third quarter segment earnings were a loss of $151 million. This included an impairment charge of $924 million mainly related to the Prelude floating LNG operations in Australia. Also included were a divestment gain of $118 million related to a lease liability remeasurement and a charge of $126 million related to provisions for an onerous contract.


Compared with the third quarter 2019, Integrated Gas Adjusted Earnings of $768 million primarily reflected lower realised prices for LNG, oil and gas and lower contributions from trading and optimisation, partly offset by lower operating expenses.


Nine Months segment earnings were a loss of $6,298 million. This included an impairment charge of $9,135 million mainly related to the Queensland Curtis LNG and Prelude floating LNG operations in Australia. Also included was a net charge of $450 million due to the fair value accounting of commodity derivatives.


UPSTREAM

Third quarter segment earnings amounted to a loss of $1,110 million, which reflected lower prices as a result of unfavourable macroeconomic conditions, as well as lower production volumes mainly driven by OPEC+ restrictions and severe weather conditions affecting US Gulf of Mexico production compared with the third quarter 2019. This was partly offset by comparatively lower well write-offs. Segment earnings included impairment charges of $101 million and divestment losses of $100 million.


Compared with the third quarter 2019, Upstream Adjusted Earnings were a loss of $884 million, reflecting lower oil and gas prices as a result of unfavourable macroeconomic conditions, as well as lower production volumes mainly driven by OPEC+ restrictions and severe weather conditions affecting US Gulf of Mexico production. This was partly offset by comparatively lower well write-offs.


Nine Months segment earnings amounted to a loss of $8,694 million. This included an impairment charge of $5,175 million mainly related to unconventional assets in North America, offshore assets in Brazil and Europe, a project in Nigeria (OPL245), and an asset in the US Gulf of Mexico. Also included were a net charge of $985 million related to the impact of the weakening Brazilian real on a deferred tax position, and redundancy and restructuring costs of $170 million.


OIL PRODUCTS

Third quarter segment earnings were $2,092 million, which reflected lower realised refining margins and lower marketing sales volumes due to a weak macroeconomic environment and the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the third quarter 2019. This was partly offset by lower operating expenses, strong marketing margins and favourable deferred tax movements. Segment earnings included a gain of $542 million due to the fair value accounting of commodity derivatives and impairment charges of $117 million.


Compared with the third quarter 2019, Oil Products Adjusted Earnings of $1,680 million for the quarter reflected lower realised refining margins and lower marketing sales volumes due to a weak macroeconomic environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. This was partly offset by lower operating expenses, strong marketing margins and favourable deferred tax movements.


Nine Months segment earnings were $1,281 million. This included an impairment charge of $4,205 million, as a result of revised medium- and long-term price outlook assumptions in response to the energy market demand and supply fundamentals as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and macroeconomic conditions. Also included were a net gain of $251 million due to the fair value accounting of commodity derivatives and redundancy and restructuring costs of $133 million.


CHEMICALS

Third quarter segment earnings were $131 million, which reflected lower realised margins due to a weak price environment compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the third quarter 2019. This was offset by favourable deferred tax movements. Segment earnings included a charge of $104 million mainly due to a legal provision


Compared with the third quarter 2019, Chemicals Adjusted Earnings of $227 million reflected lower realised margins due to a weak price environment compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was offset by favourable deferred tax movements.


Nine Months segment earnings were $441 million, which reflected lower realised margins due to a weak price environment compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the first nine months of 2019. Segment earnings included a charge of $104 million due to a legal provision and redundancy and restructuring costs of $28 million.


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