Royal Dutch Shell Plc Fourth Quarter 2012 Interim Dividend

Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:46am EST

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THE HAGUE, The Netherlands,  January 31, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

The Board of  Royal Dutch Shell  plc ("RDS") (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today
announced an interim dividend in respect of the fourth quarter 2012 of  US$0.43 
per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"), an increase
of  US$ 0.01on the equivalent US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year.

The Board expects that the first quarter 2013 interim dividend will be  US$0.45,
an increase of 4.7% over the US dollar dividend for the same quarter in the
previous year. The first quarter 2013 interim dividend is scheduled to be
announced on  May 2, 2013.

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 fourth quarter 2012 interim dividend

It 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  Q4 2012
    RDS A Shares (US$)   0.43
    RDS B Shares (US$)   0.43



Cash dividends 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.

Cash dividends 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 
March 8, 2013.

    Per ADS             Q4 2012
    RDS A ADSs (US$)     0.86
    RDS B ADSs (US$)     0.86



Cash dividends on American Depositary 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.


Scrip Dividend Programme

RDS provides shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in
shares via a Scrip Dividend Programme.

Under the Programme shareholders can increase their shareholding in RDS by
choosing to receive new shares instead of cash dividends, if approved by the
Board.  Only new A Shares will be issued under the Programme, including to
shareholders who currently hold B Shares.

Joining the Programme may offer a tax advantage in some countries compared with
receiving cash dividends. In particular, dividends paid out as shares will not
be subject to Dutch dividend withholding tax (currently 15 per cent) and will
not generally be taxed on receipt by a UK shareholder or a Dutch corporate
shareholder.

Shareholders who elect to join the Programme will increase the number of shares
held in RDS without having to buy existing shares in the market, thereby
avoiding associated dealing costs.

Shareholders who do not join the Programme will continue to receive in cash any
dividends approved by the Board.

Shareholders who held only B Shares and joined the Scrip Dividend Programme are
reminded they will need to make a Scrip Dividend Election in respect of their
new A Shares if they wish to join the Programme in respect of such new shares. 
However, this is only necessary if the shareholder has not previously made a
Scrip Dividend Election in respect of any new A Shares issued.

For further information on the Programme, including how to join if you are
eligible, please refer to the appropriate publication available on 
http://www.shell.com/scrip.

    
    Dividend timetable for the fourth quarter 2012 interim dividend
   
    Announcement date                                             Jan 31,     
2013 
    Ex-dividend date                                              Feb 13,     
2013
    Record date                                                   Feb 15,     
2013
    Scrip reference share price announcement date                 Feb 20,     
2013
    Closing of scrip election and currency election *             Mar 1,      
2013
    Pounds sterling and euro equivalents announcement date        Mar 8,      
2013
    Payment date                                                  Mar 28,     
2013



* A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non registered ADS
holders.

Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election
deadline that applies. Non registered ADS holders can contact their broker,
financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline
that applies.

Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders
holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution
ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland.  Please contact your broker,
financial intermediary, bank or financial institution where you hold your
securities account for the election deadline that applies.

Taxation cash dividends

Cash dividends on A Shares will be subject to the deduction of  Netherlands 
dividend withholding tax at the rate of 15%, which may be reduced in certain
circumstances. Provided certain conditions are met, shareholders in receipt of A
Share cash dividends may also be entitled to a non-payable dividend tax credit
in the  United Kingdom.

Shareholders resident in the  United Kingdom, receiving cash dividends on B
Shares through the Dividend Access Mechanism, are entitled to a tax credit. This
tax credit is not repayable. Non-residents may also be entitled to a tax credit,
if double tax arrangements between the  United Kingdom  and their country of
residence so provide, or if they are eligible for relief given to non-residents
with certain special connections with the  United Kingdom  or to nationals of
states in the European Economic Area.

The amount of tax credit is 10/90ths of the cash dividend, the tax credit
referable to the fourth quarter 2012 interim dividend of  US$0.43  is  US$0.05 
per ordinary share and the dividend and tax credit together amount to  US$0.48.
The pounds sterling and euro equivalents will be announced on  March 8, 2013.

Royal Dutch Shell  plc

The Hague,  January 31st, 2013

CAUTIONARY NOTE:

The companies in which  Royal Dutch Shell  plc directly and indirectly owns
investments are separate entities. In this release "Shell", "Shell group" and
"Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made
to  Royal Dutch Shell  plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words
"we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to
those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose
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companies in which  Royal Dutch Shell  either directly or indirectly has
control, by having either a majority of the voting rights or the right to
exercise a controlling influence. The companies in which Shell has significant
influence but not control are referred to as "associated companies" or
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"jointly controlled entities". In this release, associates and jointly
controlled entities are also referred to as "equity-accounted investments". The
term "Shell interest" is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or
indirect (for example, through our 23% shareholding in Woodside Petroleum Ltd.)
ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after
exclusion of all third-party interest.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial
condition, results of operations and businesses of  Royal Dutch Shell. All
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production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and
industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated
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changes; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and
regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and
renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or
advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for
shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. All forward-looking
statements contained in this release are expressly qualified in their entirety
by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers
should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional
factors that may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell's 20-F
for the year ended 31 December, 2011 (available at 
http://www.shell.com/investor  and  http://www.sec.gov  ). These factors also
should be considered by the reader.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only
as of the date of this release,  31 January 2013. Neither Royal Dutch Shell nor
any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or
other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from
those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained
in this release. There can be no assurance that dividend payments will match or
exceed those set out in this release in the future, or that they will be made at
all.

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