By Jaime Llinares Taboada
Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported results for the second quarter on Thursday. Here's what you need to know:
ADJUSTED CCS EARNINGS: The British-Dutch oil giant made an adjusted profit on a current cost of supply basis of $638 million. This was down 82% from a year earlier, as the pandemic hit demand and prices, but better than the consensus estimate of a $674 million adjusted loss--taken from the company's website and based on 23 forecasts. However, analysts said the outperformance was partially driven by the relatively unpredictable trading division.
WHAT WE WATCHED:
--DIVIDEND: As expected, Shell cut the dividend to $0.16 from $0.47, as it had done three months ago. However, Russ Mould from AJ Bell points out that Shell remains the third largest dividend payer in the FTSE 100 index.
--IMPAIRMENTS: The company's headline results were significantly hit by a $16.8 billion impairment relative to lowered medium- and long-term price expectations. This was toward the lower end of the $15 billion-$22 billion range previously provided by the oil major.
--COST SAVING PROGRESS: Shell cut underlying operating expenses by $2.23 billion to $18.34 billion in the first half of the year, and is therefore on track to meet its target of reducing 2020 operating costs by $3 billion-$4 billion. In addition, capital expenditure declined 21% to $8.59 billion in the period. The company has pledged to decrease 2020 capital expenditure to $20 billion or below.
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