Shell completes sale of Permian business to ConocoPhillips


HOUSTON, December 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Shell Enterprises LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, completed the sale of its Permian stake to ConocoPhillips for $ 9.5 billion in liquid. The agreement covers the sale of Shell 225k net acres and existing production of approximately 175,000 equivalent barrels per day.

As stated in the announcement of the agreement for the sale of Shell’s Permian business, this agreement reflects Shell’s emphasis on value versus volume as well as disciplined capital management. This transaction was made possible by the exceptional operational performance of the Permian team and provides excellent value to our shareholders through expedited cash delivery and additional distributions.

As previously announced, the cash proceeds from this transaction will be used to fund $ 7 billion in additional distributions to shareholders, the remainder being used to further strengthen the balance sheet. The first tranche of additional distributions to shareholders will take the form of share buybacks up to $ 1.5 billion and will start on December 2, 2021. The form and timing of the distribution of $ 5.5 billion will be announced in early 2022. These distributions are in addition to our distributions to shareholders in the range of 20-30% of operating cash flow.

Notes to Editors

  • At September 20, 2021, Shell and ConocoPhillips announcement that they had reached an agreement for ConocoPhillips to acquire Shell’s business in the Permian.
  • The transaction resulted in an after-tax gain of $ 2.4 To $ 2.6 billion after adjustments.
  • The majority of the Permian workers based in Midland and many Houston-Based employees have been offered employment by ConocoPhillips with effect at closing in accordance with the terms and conditions of the transaction.
  • Shell is a leading US energy company with interests in 50 states and employs over 15,000 people. The portfolio of companies and interests operated by Shell in the United States includes petroleum, natural gas, petrochemicals, gasoline, lubricants and other refined products, as well as renewable energies such as wind, solar and mobility options such as electric vehicle charging and hydrogen. In the United States, Shell is also investing in an integrated electricity company that will provide electricity to millions of homes and businesses.


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