Shell Expects Up To $22B 2Q Impairment Charge
Royal Dutch Shell plc revealed Tuesday that it expects aggregate post-tax impairment charges in the range of $15 billion to $22 billion in the second quarter of this year.
The company’s integrated gas segment is anticipated to account for between $8 billion and $9 billion of the impairment charges, according to Shell, which highlighted that these would be primarily in Australia and would include a partial impairment of the QGC and Prelude asset values.
Shell’s upstream segment is expected to account for between $4 billion and $6 billion, largely in Brazil and North America shales, and the company’s oil products business is expected to account for $3 billion to $7 billion across the refining portfolio.
These impairments are anticipated to have a pre-tax impact in the range of $20 billion to $27 billion, Shell outlined. The company highlighted that the range and timing of the recognition of impairments in the second quarter are uncertain and noted that assessments are currently ongoing.
“In the second quarter 2020, Shell has revised its mid and long-term price and refining margin outlook reflecting the expected effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and related macroeconomic as well as energy market demand and supply fundamentals,” Shell said in a company statement posted on its website.
“This has resulted in the review of a significant portion of Shell’s upstream, integrated gas and refining tangible and intangible assets,” Shell added.
Shell expects Brent to average $35 per barrel in 2020, $40 per barrel in 2021, $50 per barrel in 2022 and $60 per barrel in 2023.
Earlier this month, Shell’s fellow oil and gas major BP plc revealed that it expected non-cash impairment charges and write-offs in the second quarter in the aggregate range of between $13 billion and $17.5 billion post-tax. The implications of these charges were described as “very real” by Wood Mackenzie.
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