|2020-05-06 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
张春晓 摘译自 道琼斯
Shell Cuts Dividend for First Time Since World War II
Royal Dutch Shell PLC cut its dividend for the first time since World War II after first-quarter profit fell by nearly half as the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Energy demand and oil prices have plunged in recent months as nationwide lockdowns restrict travel and hit economic growth. With some countries tentatively reopening their economies, Shell and its peers are bracing for the uncertain trading conditions to continue.
Shell cut its first-quarter dividend by 66% to 16 cents a share, its first cut since 1945.
"Given the continued deterioration in the macroeconomic outlook and the significant mid and long-term uncertainty, we are taking further prudent steps to bolster our resilience, underpin the strength of our balance sheet and support the long-term value creation of Shell," said Chief Executive Ben van Beurden.
Shell's move was in contrast to BP PLC, which said it would maintain its dividend.
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant reported a profit on a net current cost-of-supplies basis -- a figure similar to the net income that U.S. oil companies report -- for the three months ended March 31 of $2.76 billion, compared with $5.29 billion in the same period a year ago.