Oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc, on Thursday, July 27, released its second quarter results and second quarter interim dividend announcement for 2017.
Compared with the second quarter 2016, CCS earnings attributable to shareholders excluding identified items of $3.6 billion reflected higher contributions from Downstream, driven by improved operational performance and stronger chemicals and refining industry conditions.
Earnings also benefited from higher contributions from Upstream and Integrated Gas which benefited from higher realised prices and increased production from new fields, offsetting the impact of reduced volumes from Pearl GTL in Qatar.
Cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2017 of $11.3 billion included favourable working capital movements of $2.3 billion, compared with $2.3 billion in the second quarter 2016, which included negative working capital movements of $2.5 billion.
Total dividends distributed to shareholders in the quarter were $3.9 billion, of which $0.9 billion were settled by issuing 33.9 million A shares under the Scrip Dividend Programme.
Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden commented: “Shell’s strong results this quarter show that we are reshaping the company following the integration of BG.
“Cash generation has been resilient over four consecutive quarters, at an average oil price of just under $50 per barrel. This quarter, we generated robust earnings excluding identified items of $3.6 billion, while over the past 12 months cash flow from operations of $38 billion has covered our cash dividend and reduced gearing to 25%.
“The external price environment and energy sector developments mean we will remain very disciplined, with an absolute focus on the four levers within our control, namely capital efficiency, costs, new project delivery, and divestments.