Royal Dutch Shell Plc - 1st Quarter 2019 Unaudited Results
|SUMMARY OF UNAUDITED RESULTS|
|Q1 20191||Q4 2018||Q1 2018||%2||Reference|
|6,001||5,590||5,899||+2||Income/(loss) attributable to shareholders|
|5,293||7,334||5,703||-7||CCS earnings attributable to shareholders||Note 2|
|(8)||1,646||302||Of which: Identified items||A|
|5,301||5,688||5,401||-2||CCS earnings attributable to shareholders excluding identified items|
|131||120||121||Add: CCS earnings attributable to non-controlling interest|
|5,432||5,808||5,522||-2||CCS earnings excluding identified items|
|8,630||22,021||9,472||-9||Cash flow from operating activities|
|(4,622)||(5,312)||(4,294)||Cash flow from investing activities|
|4,008||16,709||5,178||Free cash flow||H|
|0.74||0.68||0.71||+4||Basic earnings per share ($)|
|0.65||0.89||0.69||-6||Basic CCS earnings per share ($)||B|
|0.65||0.69||0.65||-||Basic CCS earnings per share excl. identified items ($)|
|0.47||0.47||0.47||-||Dividend per share ($)|
|1. IFRS 16 Leases (IFRS 16) was adopted with effect from January 1, 2019. See Note 8 “Adoption of IFRS 16 Leases”.
2. Q1 on Q1 change.
CCS earnings attributable to shareholders excluding identified items were $5.3 billion, reflecting lower realised chemicals and refining margins, decreased realised oil prices and lower tax credits, partly offset by stronger contributions from trading as well as increased realised LNG and gas prices compared with the first quarter 2018. In addition, there was a negative impact of $43 million related to the implementation of IFRS 16.
Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter 2019 of $8.6 billion included negative working capital movements of $3.5 billion, leading to cash flow from operating activities excluding working capital movements of $12.1 billion. Excluding working capital movements and a positive impact of $949 million related to the implementation of IFRS 16, cash flow from operating activities increased to $11.3 billion compared with $10.4 billion in the first quarter 2018, mainly due to a higher cash-generative portfolio of assets.
Total dividends distributed to shareholders in the quarter were $3.9 billion. Today, Shell launches the next tranche of the share buyback programme, with a maximum aggregate consideration of $2.75 billion in the period up to and including July 29, 2019. In aggregate, since the launch of the share buyback programme, 215.7 million A ordinary shares were bought back for cancellation for a consideration of $6.75 billion.
Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden commented:
“Shell has made a strong start to 2019, with the first quarter financial performance demonstrating the strength of our strategy and the quality of our portfolio of assets. The power of our brand, serving millions of customers every day, continues to be a differentiator. Our integrated value chain enabled our Downstream business to deliver robust results despite challenging market conditions. The consistent financial performance across all our businesses provides confidence in meeting our 2020 outlook.”