Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) has wrapped up its divestment deals in Ireland and Norway, the blue-chip oil major has said. The disposals are part of the Anglo-Dutch group’s $30-billion disposal programme.
Shell’s share price has been steady in London in today’s session, having added 0.19 percent to 2,376.50p as of 14:19 GMT. The stock is underperforming the broader UK market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index having slipped into the red and currently standing 0.63 percent lower at 6,994.45 points. The group’s shares have added less than one percent to their value over the past year, as compared with about a 4.5-percent drop in the Footsie.
Shell wraps up divestments
Shell announced in a statement today that it had completed the sale of its interests in the Draugen and Gjøa fields in Norway for 4.52 Billion NOK (about £452 million). The company said that it remained committed to Norway where it operates the Ormen Lange and Knarr project and is partner in Troll, Valemon and Kvitebjørn.
The Anglo-Dutch oil major announced in a separate statement that it had also completed the sale of its shares in Shell E&P Ireland, which holds a 45-percent interest in the Corrib gas venture, for up to $1.30 billion. The deal represents the group’s exit from the upstream sector in Ireland. Shell, however, will retain a presence in the country through its aviation joint venture, Shell and Topaz Aviation Ireland Limited.
Analysts on FTSE 100 group
JPMorgan Chase & Co, which is ‘overweight’ on Shell, lowered its price target on the stock from 3,250p to 2,800p yesterday. According to MarketBeat, the Anglo-Dutch oil major currently has a consensus ‘buy’ rating and an average price target of 2,943p.