- Royal Dutch Shellâ€™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 (â€œADSâ€), an increase of 4% compared with the second quarter 2013.
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