LyondellBasell Industries said Friday it is raising its quarterly dividend by 5% to $1.05 a share. The new dividend will be payable June 17 to shareholders of record as of June 10. The company said shareholders at its annual meeting voted to approve a share buyback of up to 10% of its outstanding shares in the next 18 months.
Separately, the plastics and chemicals company said its Chief Financial Officer Thomas Aebischer is planning to retire at year-end. The company will be conducting a search for his replacement in the next few months. Shares were not yet active premarket, but have fallen 7% in 2019 to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 11%.
By Ciara Linnane
During a European Industry Summit held on the site of BASF in Antwerp, leaders from basic industry sectors, representing 7.8 million workers in Europe, joined forces with European trade unions and European leaders to address pressing concerns regarding Europe’s industrial landscape.
The use of blue or low-carbon hydrogen, made from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS), could increase near-term global warming by 50% compared with burning fossil fuels directly for energy if emissions are not properly managed, according to a new study by NGO the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the University of Arizona.
In a move to improve the supply of renewable hydrogen and thus reduce dependence on natural gas and contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and the REPowerEU plan, the EU Commission has approved a third Important project of common European interest (IPCEI) to support hydrogen infrastructure.