SHELL: INCOME + 206%
Second quarter 2014 summary of unaudited results
Royal Dutch Shell's second quarter 2014 earnings, on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis (see Note 2), were $5.1 billion compared with $2.4 billion for the same quarter a year ago. Earnings included an identified net charge of $1.0 billion after tax, mainly reflecting impairments which were partly offset by divestment gains (see page 6).
Second quarter 2014 CCS earnings excluding identified items (see page 6) were $6.1 billion compared with $4.6 billion for the second quarter 2013, an increase of 33%.
Compared with the second quarter 2013, CCS earnings excluding identified items benefited from higher liquids production volumes and prices, the impact of the strengthening Australian dollar on a deferred tax liability, and higher contributions from Manufacturing. These items were partly offset by increased depreciation, higher costs, and the phasing of a dividend from an LNG venture into the third quarter of 2014.
Basic CCS earnings per share excluding identified items increased by 33% versus the same quarter last year.
Cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2014 was $8.6 billion, compared with $12.4 billion for the same quarter last year. Excluding working capital movements, cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2014 was $11.0 billion, compared with $8.4 billion for the second quarter 2013.
Capital investment for the second quarter 2014 was $8.5 billion. Net capital investment (see Note 2) for the second quarter 2014 was $1.1 billion, compared with $10.9 billion for the same period a year ago.
Total dividends distributed in the quarter were $3.0 billion, of which $1.0 billion were settled under the Scrip Dividend Programme. During the second quarter some 8.6 million A shares were bought back for cancellation for a consideration of $0.3 billion. Shell has now cancelled the Scrip Dividend Programme and scrip dividends will not be offered for the second quarter 2014 dividend.
Gearing at the end of the second quarter 2014 was 13.4%.
A second 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 second quarter 2013.