As the COVID-19 virus spreads internationally – severely impacting folks’s well being, their lifestyle and world markets, Royal Dutch Shell mentioned on March 23 the corporate is placing the protection and well being of its folks and prospects first, together with the secure operations of all its companies.
At the identical time, Shell is taking decisive motion to bolster the monetary energy and resilience of its enterprise in order that the corporate is well-positioned for the eventual financial restoration, Shell mentioned in a press launch.
“As well as protecting our staff and customers in this difficult time, we are also taking immediate steps to ensure the financial strength and resilience of our business,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden mentioned. “The combination of steeply falling oil demand and rapidly increasing supply may be unique, but Shell has weathered market volatility many times in the past,” he added.
“In these very tough conditions, I am very proud of our staff and contractors across the world for maintaining their focus on safe and reliable operations while also ensuring their own health and welfare and that of their families, communities and our customers.”
In order to ship sustainable money movement era, Shell is actively managing all the corporate’s operational and monetary levers – from specializing in sustaining secure and dependable operations every day to decreasing capital spend and working bills, the assertion learn.
“Today, we are announcing that we have embarked on a series of operational and financial initiatives that are expected to result in: reduction of underlying operating costs by $3-4 billion per annum over the next 12 months compared to 2019 levels; reduction of cash capital expenditure to $20 billion or below for 2020 from a planned level of around $25 billion; and material reductions in working capital,” Shell mentioned.
Together, these initiatives are anticipated to contribute $8-9 billion of free money movement on a pre-tax foundation. Shell mentioned the corporate continues to be dedicated to its divestment programme of greater than $10 billion of belongings in 2019-20 however timing is dependent upon market situations.
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell has determined to not proceed with the following tranche of the share buyback programme following the completion of the present share buyback tranche. “We will continue to review the dynamically evolving business environment and are prepared to take further strategic decisions and consider changes to the overall financial framework as necessary,” the press launch learn.
“In the current environment, Shell’s financial resilience is fundamental to continued investment in our strategic priorities. Shell seeks to maintain strong financial credit metrics and ensure it has a robust balance sheet to manage volatility,” Shell mentioned, including that the corporate’s liquidity stays sturdy, with round $20 billion in money and money equivalents, $10 billion of undrawn credit score strains below our revolving credit score facility and entry to Shell’s in depth business paper programmes.