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  -2.25 -2.25% 97.60 97.80 99.40 100.50 97.60 100.50 190,387 15:26:57
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5 Reasons Not to Hold Too Much Cash Cash has been king this year as savings balances swell and the economy wobbles, but it's not a great long-term proposition to reach your goals James Gard 7 January, 2021 | 10:41AM Twenty pound notes Job uncertainty, no holidays, minimal commuting costs and closed shops are just some of the reasons why some British savers built up big stockpiles of cash in 2020. The Bank of England estimates that this stockpile could have grown to a staggering £100 billion and while some of this may have been put into pensions, much is languishing in cash savings accounts and looking for a home. Chancellor Rishi Sunak hopes people will spend this money to help with the recovery, and fund managers owning cyclical stocks like travel and leisure expect “revenge spending” in 2021 on holidays and cars to make up for lost consumption in 2020. But while cash is comforting in a crisis and can be a useful gift to children/grandchildren who may need the liquid assets to get on the property ladder or buy a car, if you’re fortunate enough to have saved money, here are five reasons not to leave this lingering in cash. 1. Savings Rates Rarely Beat Inflation The Bank of England cut interest rates to a record low of 0.1% in March 2020 and savings providers having been slashing rates across the board all year. Many accounts pay just 0.01% in interest - nine basis points below the base rate. That means that even with inflation at a very low 0.3% in November, you are still losing money in real terms. According to Money Saving Expert’s list of top savings rates, the best easy access account pays 0.6% and the best notice account has a rate of 0.7%. Higher rates may be available if you go for a fixed-rate account and put your money away for up to five years, and Isa rates are generally higher, but not by much – many, such as NS&I, just match the Bank of England rate of 0.1%. 2. Rainy Day Funds Can Get Too Big Locking your money away for more than a year may not make sense if this pot of money is an “emergency fund”. With people losing their jobs or being furloughed this year, a stockpile of cash will have come in very handy. That would have provided a useful buffer for those over 55 who were temped to dip into pension savings (we looked at how Covid-19 has affected retirement here). Financial advisers usually recommend people holding three to six months' savings in cash and with the economy struggling, some have suggested doubling that. With an average UK net salary of £2,000 a month, that provides a decent buffer of around £12,000 to keep up with mortgage payments and household bills. After £16,000 of savings, you won’t be able to claim Universal Credit anyway, a monthly payment to help the jobless with living costs. (Anything savings below £6,000 don’t affect entitlement to Universal Credit). 3. Long-Term Performance Many would-be investors feel more comfortable holding cash because they don’t understand the stock market, or are reluctant to seek out financial advice. Countless studies show that equity (and bond) markets outperform cash over the long term – according to wealth manager and broker Charles Stanley, £10,000 invested in global markets in 2010 would now be worth approximately £30,742. The same amount held in a cash savings account would have grown to just £11,230. “Many consumers are missing out on the opportunity to invest their money and make it work better for them in the longer term,” the Financial Conduct Authority’s latest report on the UK financial advice market. The FCA’s latest research reveals that 37% people with £10,000 of investable money have all of it cash, and 18% have more than three-quarters of their wealth in cash. Even with last year’s economic and health crisis, many global stock markets finished the year higher than they started. The Morningstar Global Markets index, for example, was up nearly 15% by mid-December. Excluding platform fees, that would have turned £10,000 into £11,150 in less than a year. By comparison, that £10,000 in a 0.6% savings account would have turned into £10,060 - a difference of £1,090. Of course, your attitude to that capital would have been very different in March 2020 when markets crashed. 4. The Old Rules Are Being Ripped Up The Charles Stanley research is also revealing in that it shows how attitudes to cash and shares among the different generations. Asked why they had invested in the stock market, 42% of 54-74 year olds replied that “returns on cash savings are poor”, but only 12% of 18-23 year olds gave that answer (28% of millennials and 38% of 39-53 year olds gave that as the reason). People generally become more risk-averse the closer they get to retirement, needing less volatile (and more income-producing assets) as well as liquidity. But of the Baby Boomer age group, some 43% said the main reason for investing was to save for retirement (compared with 11% for the youngest age group). Some 30% of the 18-23 year olds said their equity investments were to buy a house; suggesting that younger people are prepared to take greater risks with their money to get on to the property ladder. (Our Investor Views column often features young people using investing for this reason). You need cash for a house deposit, of course, but that money held in savings accounts will not grow very much even with compound interest. 5. Cash Doesn't Pay Dividends 2020 was an annus horribilis for UK income investors – dividends in the third quarter were half that of the previous year and the lowest for 10 years. According to Link, dividends totalled around £60 billion in 2020, against a figure of more than £100 billion in 2019. Covid-19 has reset the expectations of many companies, such as the oil giants, which were some of the biggest payers of the FTSE 100. Some companies, such as housebuilders, froze dividends during the market panic in March but have since resumed them. UK banks were forced by regulators to stop dividend payments but have just been given the green light to resume them (in more limited form) this year. Some of the UK’s biggest companies such as Tesco actually increased their payouts, however. So the outlook for 2021 income investors is likely to be brighter than in 2020 – AJ Bell predicts an 18% increase in FTSE 100 dividends this year as more payments are restored. According to the LSE, the FTSE 100 yields 4.7% - with the “risk-freeR21; UK government bond offering 0.23% and cash rates around 0.1%, investors are being handsomely rewarded for taking on equity risk.
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Orange said late Wednesday that it intends to use the roughly 2.2 billion euros ($2.67 billion) that it has received following the resolution of a tax dispute to strengthen its development and for a potential extraordinary dividend. The French telecommunications company said its board met on Dec. 2 to discuss the allocation of the funds. The board is favorable to the use of nearly a quarter of the amount to boost Orange's network position in France and internationally, while another quarter of the received amount would support the company's operational transformation. Orange announced a conditional public takeover offer for shares it doesn't yet own in Orange Belgium and intends to use part of the funds to finance it. The board of directors also "favorably considered" the possible distribution of an extraordinary dividend of EUR0.20 per share. "The final decision will be made at the board of directors meeting held to approve the 2020 accounts and will then be submitted to the shareholders' meeting for approval," Orange said. Write to Olivia Bugault at (END) Dow Jones Newswires December 03, 2020 01:41 ET (06:41 GMT)
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UK dividend payments down 47% in Q3. Australia -40%. Global -14%. USA -4%. China +3%. Https://
TOTAL: Dividend Declaration 30/10/2020 7:37am UK Regulatory (RNS & others) TIDMTTA Total Maintains the Third 2020 Interim Dividend At EUR0.66/share Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT): The Board of Directors met on October 29, 2020, and declared the distribution of the third 2020 interim dividend at EUR0.66/share, stable compared to the first and second 2020 interim dividends. This interim dividend will be paid in cash exclusively, according to the following timetable: Shareholders ADS holders Ex-dividend date March 25, 2021 March 23, 2021 Payment date April 1, 2021 April 19, 2021
The Hague, October 29, 2020 - The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ("RDS" or the "Company") today announced an interim dividend in respect of the third quarter of 2020 of US$ 0.1665 per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"). Chair of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell, Chad Holliday commented: "The Board has reviewed Shell's recent performance and its plans to grow its businesses of the future, and we are confident that Shell can sustainably grow its shareholder distributions as well as invest for growth. As a result, the Board has decided to increase the dividend per share to 16.65 US cents for the third quarter 2020. The Board has additionally approved a cash allocation framework for Shell which, on reducing its net debt to $65 billion, will target total shareholder distributions of 20-30% of cash flow from operations."
Orange said Thursday that revenue for the third quarter increased as growth in France and Africa and the Middle East offset a decline in the other segments, and it raised its interim dividend to be paid out in December. The French telecommunications company said revenue rose to 10.58 billion euros ($12.43 billion) on a comparable basis from EUR10.50 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of EUR10.54 billion for the quarter, according to FactSet. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization after leasing, or Ebitdaal, fell slightly to EUR3.58 billion from EUR3.60 billion on a comparable basis. The company began using Ebitdaal as a financial indicator in January 2019 to account for the adoption of the IFRS 16 accounting standard. Orange said its board of directors backed the return to a 2020 dividend of EUR0.70 a share, adding the company would pay an interim dividend of EUR0.40 a share on Dec. 9, representing an increase of EUR0.10 from the amount it announced in July. The company will make a final proposal at its annual general meeting of in May 2021, it said. Orange said it continues to expect a slight decline in 2020 Ebitdaal of about 1%, including all the effects linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Write to Mauro Orru at; @MauroOrru94 (END) Dow Jones Newswires October 29, 2020 03:09 ET (07:09 GMT)
Oil major Shell increases dividend as third-quarter earnings beat forecasts Published Thu, Oct 29 20203:16 AM EDT Sam Meredith @smeredith19 LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and announced plans to increase its dividend to shareholders. The Anglo-Dutch company reported adjusted earnings of $955 million for the three months through to the end of September. That compared with a net profit of $4.77 billion over the same period a year earlier, and adjusted earnings of $638 million for the second quarter of 2020. Analysts at Refinitiv had expected third-quarter net profit to come in at $594 million for the third quarter. Shares of Shell are down more than 61% year-to-date. It had previously warned that post-tax impairment charges in the range of $1 billion to $1.5 billion were to be expected in the third quarter.
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23 September 2020 Anglo Asian Mining plc / Ticker: AAZ / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining Interim Results for the six-months to 30 June 2020 ("H1 2020"). Profit before tax increased to $11.8 million FY 2020 guidance maintained with stronger performance expected in H2 2020 Interim dividend for 2020 increased to US 4.5 cents per ordinary share and the directors will consider a special dividend in Q1 2021 The Company also announces its interim dividend in respect of the year ending 31 December 2020 of US 4.5 cents per ordinary share payable on 5 November 2020 to shareholders on record on 9 October 2020. The 2020 interim dividend is a 29 per cent. increase on the interim dividend for 2019. The directors will also consider a special dividend in Q1 2021 due to the on-going strong cash generation.
09/16/2020 | 06:22am BST By Mauro Orru Eni SpA said late Tuesday that it has agreed to give out an interim dividend for 2020. The Italian oil-and-gas major said its board of directors settled for 12 European cents a share ($0.14), payable on Sept. 23. The company paid out an interim dividend of 43 European cents in 2019. Eni said shareholders who own an American depositary receipt--a certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing shares in foreign stock--would receive EUR0.24 per ADR, payable on Oct. 8. The company revealed proposals at the end of July to distribute an interim dividend. Write to Mauro Orru at; @MauroOrru94
Second quarter interim dividend for 2020 Payments of dividends in sterling On 4 August 2020, the Directors of BP p.l.c. announced that the interim dividend for the second quarter 2020 would be US$0.0525 per ordinary share (US$0.315 per ADS). This interim dividend is to be paid on 25 September 2020 to shareholders on the share register on 14 August 2020. The dividend is payable in cash in sterling to holders of ordinary shares and in US dollars to holders of ADSs. The board has decided not to offer a scrip dividend alternative in respect of the second quarter 2020 dividend. Dividend reinvestment plans have been made available for this dividend for ordinary shareholders and ADS holders (subject to certain exceptions) to receive additional BP shares. Sterling dividends payable in cash will be converted from US dollars at an average of the market exchange rate over the four dealing days from 8 to 11 September 2020 (GBP1 = US$1.29846). Accordingly, the amount of sterling dividend payable in cash on 25 September 2020 will be: 4.0433 pence per share. Details of the second quarter dividend and timetable are available at For further information on your dividend payment options visit This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact or visit RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy. END DIVGZGMLLDMGGZG (END) Dow Jones Newswires September 14, 2020 05:05 ET (09:05 GMT)
Royal Dutch Shell plc Royal Dutch Shell Plc Second Quarter 2020 Euro And Gbp Equivalent Dividend Payments 08 September 2020 - 07:30AM Dow Jones News Print Share On Facebook TIDMRDSA TIDMRDSB The Hague, September 8, 2020 - The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ("RDS") today announced the pounds sterling and euro equivalent dividend payments in respect of the second quarter 2020 interim dividend, which was announced on July 30, 2020 at US$0.16 per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"). Dividends on A Shares will be paid, by default, in euros at the rate of EUR0.1353 per A Share. Holders of A Shares who have validly submitted US dollars or pounds sterling currency elections by August 28, 2020 will be entitled to a dividend of US$0.16 or 12.09p per A Share, respectively. Dividends on B Shares will be paid, by default, in pounds sterling at the rate of 12.09p per B Share. Holders of B Shares who have validly submitted US dollars or euros currency elections by August 28, 2020 will be entitled to a dividend of US$0.16 or EUR0.1353 per B Share, respectively. Euro and pounds sterling dividends payable in cash have been converted from US dollars based on an average of market exchange rates over the three dealing days from 3 to 7 September 2020. This dividend will be payable on September 21, 2020 to those members whose names were on the Register of Members on August 14, 2020. Taxation - cash dividend Cash dividends on A Shares will be subject to the deduction of Dutch dividend withholding tax at the rate of 15%, which may be reduced in certain circumstances. Non-Dutch resident shareholders, depending on their particular circumstances, may be entitled to a full or partial refund of Dutch dividend withholding tax. If you are uncertain as to the tax treatment of any dividends you should consult your tax advisor. Royal Dutch Shell plc ENQUIRIES: Media: International +44 (0) 207 934 5550 Americas +1 832 337 4355
Https:// Orange CEO Pledges to Boost Dividend With Focus on Cost Cuts Helene Fouquet and Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- Orange SA, France’s biggest telecommunications company, pledged to restore the dividend to its pre-pandemic level as soon as this year and to be “ambitious” on cost savings. Orange had cut its 2019 dividend to 50 cents from a target of 70 cents per share in April. It told investors in July that they would be informed by the end of the year if the payout goal would return to the previous level for 2020. Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said in an interview Sunday he would “personally” ensure a return to the target. “My objective is to return to 70 cents a share as soon as this year, and we totally have the means to do it.” More broadly, he will continue to pare costs at the company. “We’re totally determined to be more ambitious on the matter, on cost optimization.” A price war in France and weakness in Spain, its two biggest markets, and the need to continue investment in its networks has been weighing on the company’s shares for years. Orange started a program in December to monetize its infrastructure and cut costs. When asked if Orange was planning job cuts, Richard said there is a constant plan to reduce staff in France, and referred to its broader strategy. The company has been making few replacements for staff that are retiring, and Richard said “is this going to continue? Yes.” Personnel reductions would focus on support and non-operational units, he said. He declined to give a target on headcount, but reiterated that the company’s December plan would still achieve 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of planned savings by 2023. “We have a job to do on that,” he said. “It’s part of the transformation.” Orange has tended to say little on actions to reduce headcount as it faced a criminal trial linked to a wave of employee suicides more than a decade ago. Ex-CEO Didier Lombard was found guilty of harassment and using “forbidden” methods to carry out staff cuts. The 28% slump in Orange shares this year, under performing peers, raised questions among analysts on whether the company will retain its place in the Stoxx 50 index. The company’s second-quarter results presented a mixed picture. While Orange added a record number of fiber broadband customers in the period, a reflection of its heavy investment, travel bans hit revenue from roaming fees and store closures weighed on equipment sales. Meanwhile, it faces competition from domestic rivals Altice Europe NV’s SFR, Iliad SA and Bouygues SA as they catch up on fiber. “There is some speculation that Orange could be excluded from the Stoxx50 and it weighs on the stock’s performance. But it’s not just that,” Alexandre Iatrides, an analyst at Oddo BHF, said Friday. “Orange benefited in the past two to three years from its advance in fiber. But its competitors caught up and very clearly accelerated.” Infrastructure Opportunities Richard took the CEO role at the company in 2011. A removal from the benchmark would be a blow as it could result in substantial selling pressure from investors and exchange-traded funds that track the index. “We make money, we hand out dividends, we produce cash flow, we have sales that are holding up, as we are massacred on the stock market,” said Richard, speaking in his office in Paris. “The economic reality of the company is totally forgotten.” He said Orange wants to capitalize on opportunities to monetize its infrastructure. It’s selling mobile phone towers in Spain to Cellnex Telecom SA, and will set up separate companies to house its other cellular towers while looking for partners to help with network rollouts in France and elsewhere in Europe. December’s five-year plan indicated the Spanish tower company would be created this year. Richard said Sunday that it would be created and operational by the end of 2021. He also said he envisioned more combinations in this sector in the future. “There is going to be some sort of consolidation on tower companies in Europe,” including between operators, and Orange has had some discussions about this. “We had exchanges with Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc at some points, but they are not advanced at all.” The virus-related confinement in France before the summer has delayed Orange Concessions, the project to monetize its French fiber infrastructure. Richard said Orange plans to find its financial partner for the dedicated vehicle in 2021, later than the end-2020 planned deadline. He said there is “a lot of appetite for these assets,” and said there could be two investors. Investor Disaffection Amid the activity to make more out of Orange’s assets, he said the company’s share performance reflects a “disaffection” that has developed among investors regarding the industry. They also have a “a sentiment that the short operational perspectives of Orange are under performing other operators, and this comes essentially from two markets: France and Spain.” He said there was reason for “optimism” for the company’s Spanish business in the third quarter. It remains under pressure from competitors including Masmovil on prices, though with its new management starting on Tuesday it can turn around the situation in the next 18 months, Richard said. However, the levels also reflect that hedge funds have “played on an Orange exit,” he said. “They are massively shorting the stock.” “‘I am violently opposed to these practices,” he said. “This isn’t the way financial markets should work because the economic reality of companies is totally forgotten.”
TOP NEWS: BHP Lowers Dividend As Revenue Falls Short Of Consensus Tue, 18th Aug 2020 05:15 Alliance News (Alliance News) - Anglo-Australian mining firm BHP Group PLC said Tuesday it lowered its annual dividend, as profit and revenue declined on lower prices and an increase in the closure of mines and rehabilitation provisions, as a result of Covid-19. For the year to the end of June, pretax profit dropped by 10% to USD13.51 billion from USD15.05 billion the year before, as revenue declined by 4.3% to USD42.39 billion from USD44.29 billion. BHP's revenue performance came in short of company-compiled expectations, which stood at USD43.07 billion. Profit from operations decreased by 11% to USD14.42 billion from USD16.11 billion the prior year, while underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation slipped by 5% to USD22.07 billion from USD23.16 billion. The underlying Ebitda was just ahead of consensus expectations, which had the figure at USD22.01 billion. BHP said its performance was hurt by lower prices, particularly in coal, copper and petroleum, lower volumes including a decline in copper grades and petroleum fields, and a rise in the closure and rehabilitation provisions for closed mines. BHP declared an annual dividend of 120 US cents, down 10% from 130 cents the year before, as net debt as at June 30 was USD12.04 billion, up 28% year-on-year from USD9.45 billion. Looking ahead, BHP said it expects petroleum output for its current financial year to be in the range of 95 million to 102 million barrels of oil equivalent, reflecting a 6% to 13% fall from 109 million barrels of oil equivalent produced for the 2020 financial year. Copper production is set to be between 1.48 million and 1.65 million tonnes, a 5% to 14% drop from 1.72 million tonnes. Iron ore output is expected to be between 244 million and 253 million tonnes, reflecting a 2% drop to 2% rise from 248 million tonnes produced in the 2020 financial year. The metallurgical coal forecast is between 40 million and 44 million tonnes, marking a 3% fall to 7% increase from 41 million tonnes. Finally, energy coal is expected to be between 22 million to 24 million tonnes, reflecting a 5% drop to 4% increase from 23 million tonnes. "BHP delivered a strong set of results for the 2020 financial year that reflect the strength, resilience and quality of our people and our portfolio. In a year marked by the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic, social unrest in Chile and commodity price volatility, we were safer, more reliable and lower cost," said Chief Executive Officer Mike Henry. "We are moving to concentrate our coal portfolio on high quality coking coals, with greatest potential upside for quality premiums as steel makers seek to improve blast furnace utilisation and reduce emissions intensity. In oil and gas, we will continue to invest in opportunities that are resilient under a range of price scenarios, and which are aligned to our strengths. We will seek to divest oil and gas assets that are mature or which are likely to realise greater value under different ownership," Henry added. Shares in BHP were marginally higher at AUD39.87 on Tuesday in Sydney. By Dayo Laniyan;
As flagged by me back in June (post 424) Phoenix (PHNX) have just confirmed they are maintaining their dividend of 23.4p per half-year (shares are currently 720p, yield 6.3%) Legacy life insurance acquirer. No staff furloughed. Chairman's wife recently bought £117k worth.
BP's prized dividend faces chop after Covid triggers £5.2bn loss BP is scheduled to unveil half-year figures on Tuesday City analysts said BP could cut or shelve its payout alongside the figures By Ben Harrington For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:31 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 23:02 BST, 1 August 2020 BP is being widely tipped to slash its £6.7billion dividend this week. The FTSE 100-listed oil giant, which is run by Bernard Looney, is scheduled to unveil half-year figures on Tuesday. City analysts said BP could cut or shelve its payout alongside the figures, which have been forecast to show a $6.8billion (£5.2billion) loss in the second quarter of this year. City analysts said BP could cut or shelve its payout alongside its half year figures on Tuesday Colin Smith, an analyst at Panmure Gordon, said: 'We now expect BP to cut its dividend... with the second quarter results.' Analysts at Quest, the cash flow specialist division of Canaccord Genuity, have also placed BP on its 'dividend at risk' list. BP generates the largest dividend payments amongst the FTSE 100 blue chip stocks. Both private investors and big City pension funds and institutions would be upset by the cut. Small shareholders in particular rely on companies such as BP for income in retirement – especially as bank savings accounts now generate almost zero returns. The potential reduction of BP's dividend comes after Royal Dutch Shell cut its payout for the first time since the Second World War. Shell's dividend was slashed by 66 per cent – from $15billion last year to $5billion this year. The move came after the oil price crashed following a massive row between Saudi Arabia and Russia. At one point in April, the oil price in the US fell below zero for the first time in history. Ben van Beurden, Shell's chief executive, said the 'monumental' decision to reset the company's dividend earlier this year was difficult but necessary to preserve the financial resilience of the company against the crisis of 'uncertainty'. BP, though, opted not to cut its dividend, which at the time surprised many City analysts and investors. Analysts expect BP will next week unveil a $6.8billion loss for the second quarter. During the same period last year, it generated a $2.8billion profit. Experts also expect BP to reveal that it will take between $13billion and $17.5billion of non-cash charges following financial blows and exploration write-offs. The latter could total between $8billion and $10billion. Aside from BP, other FTSE 100 dividends could be at risk this week. Diageo, the Johnny Walker to Smirnoff drinks giant, is also scheduled to announce full-year results which may include a cut in its shareholder payout. Royal Dutch Shell cut its payout for the first time since the Second World War The company will come under pressure to reduce the dividend after the closure of pubs and hospitality venues for months due to lockdown hammered its sales. Last year, Diageo handed shareholders £1.6billion in dividends. The total amount of dividends paid out by British firms is expected to halve this year as companies look to preserve cash. Some of the most reliable dividend payers including BT and HSBC have slashed their payouts. Research by investment firm Octopus Investments found many income-focused fund managers have already removed BP from their portfolios over fears for the dividend. The proportion of equity income funds that include BP dived from 61 per cent in January to 43 per cent by the end of May.
Total maintains dividend despite net losses of £6.5bn, celebrates major oil discovery off Suriname by Mark Lammey 30/07/2020, 7:54 am French energy giant Total this morning announced first-half net losses of £6.5 billion, but provided some cheer by maintaining its dividend and celebrating a major discovery off Suriname. Paris-headquartered Total had enjoyed net income of £4.5bn in the first six months of 2019. But the firm’s first half 2020 figures were hit by a £6.3bn impairment on its assets, with most of that sum tied to its high-cost, high-carbon Canadian oil sands business. ENERGYVOICE
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