Oil giants announce steep cutbacks
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Royal Dutch Shell and Total this morning announced plans to sharply cut spending and freeze share buyback plans.
Why it matters: The moves signal how cratering demand from COVID-19 and the collapse in prices are upending the outlooks for companies large and small.
Driving the news: Shell is cutting planned capital spending this year to $20 billion or lower, compared to the pre-crisis estimate of $25 billion.
- It also plans to cut operating costs by $3 billion to $4 billion over the next 12 months.
Meanwhile, Total said oil at $30 per barrel means a roughly $3 billion hit to capital spending, which means a new target of under $15 billion this year.
- The France-based multinational also said it can save $800 million in operating costs compared to 2019.
- They're just the latest in a string of oil companies — including ExxonMobil and a number of independent U.S. shale producers — to unveil deep cuts of late.