ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC (RDSA)

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC (RDSA)

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Frying in Hell and Investing in Oil Companies

Last night and this morning, the national media were dominated by the news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that we are all going to fry in a rapidly rising world temperature unless we change our ways. CO2 emissions continue to rise and even to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius requires unprecedented changes to many aspects of our lives. The suggested solutions are changes to transport to cut emissions, e.g. electric cars, eating less meat, growing more trees, ceasing ...

Brexit Hangover, You’re Not Laughing Now

The markets falling, England lost to Iceland in a football match, and there is gloom and despondency everywhere. Much of the country seems to be in a post-party hangover. It therefore seems a good time to review the situation and try to give some explanations for what has been happening. Firstly, you have probably guessed, as did my local M.P. without me telling him, that I voted for Brexit. Je ne regrette rien, as one of our partners that we intend to ...

Shell & BG Group Deal – Not Everyone’s Happy

(Pay packages and short termism at BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler) Shareholders in BG Group should surely be happy. The offer from Shell values their shares at about £13.50 per share which is a premium of 50% to that which they have recently been trading. Although investors will get most of the value in Shell shares which means they will still be holding shares in the depressed oil and gas sector. An indication that perhaps not all investors are happy is ...

2014 Review and New Year Resolutions

Now's the time of year to look back on the performance of the stock market in 2014, and look at plans for the future. Last year was undoubtedly a disappointing year for the UK stock market. The FTSE All-Share index was down 2.45%, worse than many other major markets. The cause was undoubtedly that the All-Share index is dominated by large mega-cap FTSE-100 companies such as BP, Shell, Glaxo and Tesco. The first two have been badly hit by the decline ...

BP and Shell facing climate change resolutions

Both BP and Shell are likely to face resolutions at their next AGMs which will raise the issue of climate change. A coalition of investment groups including ShareAction and the Local Authority Pension Fund (LAPF) are looking for signatories to a requisition for a resolution to require more reporting by these companies on various aspects of their approach to carbon reduction and emissions management. See http://www.lapfforum.org/news/co-filers-sought-for-2015-shell-and-bp-agm-resolutions for more information. Comment: Some investors feel that the Annual Reports of such companies are already ...

AGM Reports

Shell (RDSA) AGM Report 2013

I am writing this at my desk while watching/listening to the Royal Dutch Shell Annual General Meeting in Holland, broadcast over the web. It started at 9.00 am and we are so far about three hours through it. This is of course a real time saver over attending the meeting in person, with the downside that one cannot ask questions – there is another meeting in the UK tomorrow for investors to ask questions. Chairman Jorma Ollila opened the meeting by introducing ...

Leaders and Laggards

LeaderShell: Leading the Way for AGMs in Covid Times

Shell has today announced a webcast for all shareholders, ahead of the proxy voting deadline for its AGM. It's slightly disappointing that only written questions will be taken, preferably submitted ahead of the webcast. It's also a bit of a concern that the webcast is only two days before the proxy voting deadline, which may not be sufficient time for those holding shares in nominee accounts to submit their votes. It is understandable that Shell may not have been able to set ...

Corporate Remuneration Reports

Shell (Royal Dutch Shell) Remuneration Report 2016

Attached is the Manifest Report. Manifest Executive Remuneration Assessment grade 'D’ (on scale A =good to F=awful) Manifest has assessed the Company’s disclosures against the recommendations of the UK Corporate Governance Code, institutional investor guidelines and the disclosure requirements set out in both the Companies Acts and the UKLA Listing Rules. The following items have been identified which may be of interest to shareholders: The previous share buyback authority has been partly or fully utilised and where EPS is used as a ...