THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ("RDS") (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today announced an interim dividend in respect of the second quarter of 2012 of US$0.43 per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"), an increase of US$ 0.01 on the equivalent US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year.
RDS provides eligible shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in shares via a Scrip Dividend Programme ("the Programme"). For further details please see below.
Details relating to the second quarter 2012 interim dividendIt is expected that cash dividends on the B Shares will be paid via the Dividend Access Mechanism from UK-sourced income of the Shell Group.
Per ordinary share Q2 2012 RDS A Shares (US$) 0.43 RDS B Shares (US$) 0.43Dividends declared on A Shares will be paid, by default, in euro, although holders of A Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in pounds sterling. Dividends declared on B Shares will be paid, by default, in pounds sterling, although holders of B Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in euro. The pounds sterling and euro equivalent dividend payments will be announced on September 3, 2012.
Per ADS Q2 2012 RDS A ADSs (US$) 0.86 RDS B ADSs (US$) 0.86Dividends declared on American Depository Shares ("ADSs") will be paid, by default, in US dollars. ADS stands for an American Depositary Share. ADR stands for an American Depositary Receipt. An ADR is a certificate that evidences ADSs. ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbols RDS.A and RDS.B. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares, two A Shares in the case of RDS.A or two B Shares in the case of RDS.B. In many cases the terms ADR and ADS are used interchangeably.