Royal Dutch Shell plc Shell Third Quarter 2020 Update Note
The Hague, September 30, 2020 - This is an update to the third quarter
2020 outlook provided in the second quarter results announcement on July
30, 2020. The impacts presented here may vary from the actual results
and are subject to finalisation of the third quarter 2020 results.
Unless otherwise indicated, presented impacts relate to Adjusted
Earnings on a post-tax basis.
-- Production is expected to be between 820 and 860 thousand barrels of oil
equivalent per day.
-- LNG liquefaction volumes are expected to be between 7.9 and 8.3 million
-- Trading and optimisation results are expected to be below average.
-- A one-off tax charge is expected to have a negative impact on Adjusted
Earnings in the range of $100 to $200 million, no cash impact is expected
in the third quarter.
-- Approximately 80% of our term sales of LNG in 2020 have been oil price
linked with a price-lag of up to 6 months. Consequently, lower realised
prices due to this price-lag are expected to have a significant impact on
LNG margins in the third quarter.
-- CFFO can be impacted by margining resulting from movements in the forward
commodity curves up until the last day of the quarter. Margining inflows
are expected to be in line with the second quarter 2020.
-- Production is expected to be between 2,150 and 2,250 thousand barrels of
oil equivalent per day, which includes a production impact of 60 to 70
thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day from hurricanes in the US Gulf
-- Realised liquids prices in the first two months of this quarter reflected
a 15 to 20 percent discount to Brent, similar to the discount in the
second quarter 2020. Realised gas prices are trending in line with Henry
-- Depreciation is expected to be at a similar level as in the second
-- Similar to the second quarter 2020, while Adjusted Earnings are expected
to show a loss, CFFO is not expected to reflect equivalent cash tax
effects due to the build-up of deferred tax positions in a number of
-- Refinery utilisation is expected to be between 64% and 68%.
-- Realised gross Refining margins are expected to be significantly lower
compared with the second quarter 2020.
-- Sales volumes are expected to be between 4,000 and 5,000 thousand barrels
-- Trading and optimisation results are expected to be lower than the
historical average and significantly lower compared with the second
-- Marketing margins are expected to be significantly higher compared with
the second quarter 2020.
-- Compared with the second quarter 2020, Adjusted Earnings are expected to
be negatively impacted by $200 to $400 million due to higher volume
driven activity, phasing of maintenance activities and provisions.
-- A one-off deferred tax benefit is expected to have a positive impact on
Adjusted Earnings of around $100 million, no cash impact is expected in
the third quarter.
-- Working capital movements are typically impacted by movements between the
quarter opening and closing price of crude along with changes in
inventory volume. Inventory volumes are expected to be lower compared
with the end of the second quarter 2020, impacting working capital
-- Chemicals manufacturing plant utilisation is expected to be between 79%
-- Chemicals sales volumes are expected to between 3,700 and 4,000 thousand
-- Compared with the second quarter 2020, Adjusted Earnings are expected to
be negatively impacted by around $100 million due to increased activity,
provisions and phasing of maintenance activities.
-- Corporate segment Adjusted Earnings are expected to be a net expense at
the lower end of the $800 to $875 million range for the third quarter.
This excludes the impact of currency exchange effects.
-- As per previous disclosures, CFFO price sensitivity at Shell Group level
is estimated to be $6 billion per annum for each $10 per barrel Brent
-- Note that this price sensitivity is indicative and is most
applicable to smaller price changes than those in the current
environment and in relation to the full-year results. This
excludes the short-term impacts from working capital movements and
-- Post-tax impairment charges in the range of $1.0 to $1.5 billion are
expected for the third quarter. Impairment charges are reported as
The consensus collection for quarterly Adjusted Earnings and CFFO
excluding working capital movements, managed by VARA research, is
scheduled to be opened for submission on 8 October 2020, closed on 21
October 2020, and made public on 22 October 2020.
Two recent news publications are highlighted below. They do not to
impact the third quarter 2020 results.
-- In an interview published today, Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer
of Royal Dutch Shell, discusses how Shell has responded to the COVID-19
pandemic, explains the drive behind the enhanced ambition to be a
net-zero emissions energy business, and outlines the direction of the
ongoing restructuring of Shell's ways of working and organisation.
Specifically, the simpler, streamlined and lower-cost organisation will
-- Upstream providing strong and resilient cash generation, focused
on accelerating value;
-- reducing the Refining footprint to less than 10 sites, keeping
those sites that are strategically essential in key locations,
with flexibility to adapt and further integrate with the growing
Chemicals and Trading businesses;
-- Integrated Gas having a larger focus on unlocking new and
expanding existing LNG markets and furthering customer-led energy
-- a customer-focused organisation, providing lower and zero carbon
solutions through the Integrated Power, Biofuels and Hydrogen
businesses that are significant, competitive, and complement
existing businesses like Marketing.
Reduced organisational complexity, along with other measures, are
expected to deliver sustainable annual cost savings of between $2.0 to
$2.5 billion by 2022. This will partially contribute to the announced
underlying operating cost reduction of $3.0 to $4.0 billion by the first
quarter 2021. Job reductions of 7,000 to 9,000 are expected (including
around 1,500 people who have agreed to take voluntary redundancy this
year) by the end of 2022.
The full interview is available here: https://www.shell.com/reshape
-- Our Shell Scenarios team considered the implications of choices societies
could make while living with COVID-19 and explored what this might mean
for energy demand and the energy transition. Explore the Rethinking the
2020s publication here: https://www.shell.com/rethinking
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estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g)
environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the
identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets,
and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the
risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to
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developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change;
(k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and
regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and
renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities,
delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the
reimbursement for shared costs; (m) risks associated with the impact of
pandemics, such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak; and (n) changes
in trading conditions. No assurance is provided that future dividend
payments will match or exceed previous dividend payments. All
forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are expressly
qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or
referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect
future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell's Form 20-F for the
year ended December 31, 2019 (available at www.shell.com/investor and
www.sec.gov). These risk factors also expressly qualify all
forward-looking statements contained in this announcement and should be
considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as
of the date of this announcement, September 30, 2020. Neither Royal
Dutch Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of
new information, future events or other information. In light of these
risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or
inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this
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Scenarios, therefore, are not intended to be predictions of likely
future events or outcomes or a strategy. Investors should not rely on
them when making an investment decision with regard to Royal Dutch Shell
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