Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shell profit plunges after $2.2B charge on North American shale assets

Royal Dutch Shell’s [RDS.A] second quarter 2013 earnings, on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis (see Note 1), were $2.4 billion compared with $6.0 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Second quarter 2013 earnings included an identified net charge of $2.2 billion after tax, mainly reflecting impairments (see page 6).

Second quarter 2013 CCS earnings excluding identified items (see page 6), were $4.6 billion and included a combined negative impact of $0.7 billion after tax related to the impact of the weakening Australian dollar on a deferred tax liability and the impact of the deteriorating operating environment in Nigeria. Compared to the second quarter 2012, CCS earnings excluding identified items were also impacted by higher operating expenses and depreciation as well as increased exploration well write-offs. Second quarter 2012 CCS earnings excluding identified items were $5.7 billion.

Basic CCS earnings per share excluding identified items decreased by 21% versus the same quarter a year ago.

Cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2013 was $12.4 billion, compared with $13.3 billion in the same quarter last year. Excluding working capital movements, cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2013 was $8.4 billion, compared with $9.5 billion in the second quarter 2012.

Capital investment for the second quarter 2013 was $11.3 billion. Net capital investment (see Note 1) for the quarter was $10.9 billion.

Total dividends distributed in the quarter were $2.8 billion, of which some $0.8 billion were settled under the Scrip Dividend Programme. During the second quarter some 56.2 million shares were bought back for cancellation for a consideration of $1.9 billion.

Gearing at the end of the second quarter 2013 was 10.3% (see Note 2).

A second quarter 2013 dividend has been announced of $0.45 per ordinary share and $0.90 per American Depositary Share (“ADS”), an increase of 5% compared with the second quarter 2012.

Read the entire Royal Dutch Shell earnings report


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