BG Group

Europe

China clears Shell-BG Group deal

26/01/2016

China’s government has approved Shell’s £47billion takeover of BG Group, a Ministry of Commerce spokesman has confirmed. This means that Shell has passed the last anti-monopoly review prior to the completion of the acquisition. Shell is expected to account for some 30% of China’s total natural gas imports by 2017, according to available statistics.

Market info

Shell’s BG arbitrage fades as investors set to back deal

25/01/2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is on the brink of completing its biggest acquisition as shareholders look set to back its purchase of BG Group Plc. Risks to the deal completing have almost disappeared. The discount of BG’s shares to the offer price narrowed to a record low of 2.2 percent on Monday after some of Shell’s top shareholders and advisory firms backed the transaction this month. It was at 12.5 percent on Dec. 21.

Oil & Gas

Fitch says Total cuts must be the steepest

25/01/2016

French group Total has to make the steepest cuts to investments and shareholder returns among Europe's oil majors if crude prices remain weak, in order to maintain its current credit rating, Fitch said today.