Lo dicen ellos mismos… y no se les cae la cara de vergüenza. A este tipo de empresas es a quienes apoyan los gobiernos y son las que amenazan nuestro futuro para llenarse los bolsillos en poco tiempo. Para estas grandes empresas la crisis es todo un éxito. Ahora hacen más negocios que nunca.
Esta es la noticia aparecida hoy en The Guardian:
Shell makes £2m an hour as oil prices soar
Chief executive Peter Voser says investors and customers stand to gain as profits help pay for dividends and ensure steady supplies
Shell has produced a barnstorming profit performance in the first quarter of the year, making over £2m an hour on the back of soaring crude prices.
But its chief executive, Peter Voser, said investors and customers stood to gain as the money helped keep up dividend payments and pay for new schemes to ensure steady petrol supplies.
Shell is to sell off $4bn-worth (£2.5bn) of lower performing assets this year, almost double what it previously planned, in a bid to squeeze more profits out of its oil and gas business.
Shares in the company rose 2.4% to £21.71 as the City reacted positively to an 11% increase in first-quarter earnings of $7.3bn on the same period last year.
Mindful that Shell is making money hand over fist on the back of $118 a barrel oil when motorists and others are being squeezed by high fuel costs and financial hardship, Voser said: “Our profits pay for Shell’s dividends and substantial investments in new energy projects, to ensure affordable, reliable energy supplies for our customers, which create value for our shareholders.”
Voser said the company had sold $2.4bn-worth of assets in the first three months of the year alone and said the final tally for 2012 was likely to be over $4bn.
Some of the assets disposed of in the first quarter included offshore stakes in Brazil and Australia plus retail petrol stations in North America and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) operation in Malaysia.
These moves would be “enhancing our financial flexibility and capital efficiency, and unlocking new growth potential”, explained Voser as he outlined a raft of projects that had recently come on stream, such as its Pearl gas-to-liquids scheme in Qatar.
Shell said it had also spent over $600m on new offshore acreage in the UK North Sea, Nova Scotia and Tanzania, the latter part of a new oil boom in southern and east Africa.
Earlier this week, Shell received the backing of directors at Cove Energy for its £1.1bn bid to acquire the exploration business that has an important 8.5% stake in a potentially massive gas find off Mozambique.
Gas, which is a cleaner substitute for coal in power stations, has become an increasing focus for Shell and other major oil companies. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales volumes at Shell rose by 17% to over 5m tonnes in the first three months of the year as new supplies came out of Qatar and Nigeria.