SHELL 3RD Q RESULTS
Third quarter 2014 summary of unaudited results
- Royal Dutch Shell's third quarter 2014 earnings, on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis, were $5.3 billion compared with $4.2 billion for the same quarter a year ago.
- Third quarter 2014 CCS earnings excluding identified items were $5.8 billion compared with $4.5 billion for the third quarter 2013, an increase of 31%.
- Compared with the third quarter 2013, CCS earnings excluding identified items benefited from improved Downstream and Upstream results. In Downstream, earnings benefited from increased contributions from refining including improved operating performance, and trading. In Upstream, earnings increased due to the impact of new, higher-margin production, lower exploration expenses, and higher earnings from Integrated Gas, despite the effect of lower oil prices and volumes overall. The increase of a deferred tax liability as a result of the weakening Australian dollar reduced earnings by some $400 million compared with the third quarter 2013.
- Basic CCS earnings per share excluding identified items increased by 30% versus the third quarter 2013.
- Cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter 2014 was $12.8 billion, compared with $10.4 billion for the same quarter last year. Excluding working capital movements, cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter 2014 was $11.1 billion, compared with $9.9 billion for the third quarter 2013.
- Capital investment for the third quarter 2014 was $8.5 billion. Net capital investment for the third quarter was $4.8 billion, compared with $9.4 billion for the same period a year ago.
- Total cash dividends paid to shareholders in the third quarter 2014 were $3.0 billion. During the third quarter some 18.5 million shares were bought back for cancellation for a consideration of $0.8 billion.
- Gearing at the end of the third quarter 2014 was 11.7%.
- A third quarter 2014 dividend has been announced of $0.47 per ordinary share and $0.94 per American Depositary Share ("ADS"), an increase of 4% compared with the third quarter 2013.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.