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The main point of note from the Friday's update from Royal Dutch Shell [LON:RDSA] is that the company has announced that it is to distribute the remaining $5.5bn of proceeds from the divestment of its Permian assets in the form of share buybacks, which is in addition to the distribution of 20% to 30% of cash flow from operations as per its existing capital allocation framework.

The increased cash returns to shareholders come as Shell seeks to transition the business towards greener sources of energy, and also to simplify its structure, with it recently gaining shareholder approval to remove it’s A/B share structure and move its tax residence to the UK. The company is to change its name to Shell plc, dropping the Royal Dutch, from the week commencing 24 January 2022.


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Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse has spent 25 years in journalism and marketing, including as a wealth management editor for the Financial Times group, covering capital markets and international private banking, and as an investment banking correspondent for Euromoney in Hong Kong. He was the founder editor of The Hedge Fund Journal.

Stuart has worked at CMC Markets, supporting the re-launch of its global financial spread betting and CFD trading platforms. He is also the author of two books on trading, published by Financial Times Pearson. Based in The Armchair Trader’s London office, Stuart continues to advise fund managers, private banks, family offices and other financial institutions.

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