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Oil giants have mixed results in Q3 2016 profit reports

Shell and BP have had mixed results in Q3 2016 but both are wary of the low oil price and the potentially detrimental effect on their profits

On 1 November 2016, BP and Shell, released their Q3 for 2016. Shell saw a 17 per cent spike in profits after the acquistion of BG Group in February 2016 and huge cost cutting measures that were implented earlier in the year. However, BP have seen their profits nearly halved since last year, continuing to struggle with the oil price.

Royal Dutch Shell saw their profits rise to US$2.79bn, while BP made US$933mn, compared with US$1.8bn the same time in 2015.

Shell acquired BG Group in early 2016 for US$35 bn, which was a factor in their increased production levels in the latter half of 2016, which, according to the International Business Times, more than offset the expenses related to the consolidation of the BG Group.

Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said, “The integration of BG has been completed ahead of schedule and it has been an important catalyst for the ‘significant and lasting changes’ the company aims to achieve.”

In addition to the successful acquistion, Shell announced plans in early 2016 to cut approximately 20 per cent of its work force due to the drop in oil price, as well as closing three offices based in the United Kingdom.

However, BP have been affected more by the oil price drop. According to the BBC, BP was affected by a ‘weaker price and margin environment’.

Brian Gilvary, BP’s chief financial officer, added, “We continue to make good progress in adapting to the challenging price and margin environment.

“We remain on track to rebalance organic cash flows next year at US$50 to US$55 a barrel, underpinned by continued strong operating reliability and momentum in resetting costs and capital spending. At the same time, we are investing in the projects, businesses and options to deliver growth in the years ahead.”