Royal Dutch Shell plc
communication is filed pursuant to Rule 425 under The Securities Act of 1933, as
deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14d-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
Company: Royal Dutch Petroleum Company
File Number: 333-125037
June 1, 2005
Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan Participant:
may be aware, the proposed unification (the “Transaction”) of Royal Dutch
Petroleum Company (“Royal Dutch”) and The “Shell” Transport & Trading
Company, p.l.c. (“Shell Transport”) under a single parent, Royal Dutch Shell
plc, has been announced. As part of the Transaction, Royal Dutch Shell plc will
make an offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Royal Dutch
Transaction will affect the Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan because the
Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan includes the Royal Dutch Stock Account as
one of the investment options available to participants. As you are aware, any
balance you may hold in the Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan, including the
Royal Dutch Stock Account, represents a bookkeeping entry that measures the
company’s obligation to you. Any actual shares of Royal Dutch stock are held in
a trust established by the company to defray its obligations to plan
participants and are subject to the creditors of the company.
receive additional information regarding the Transaction pursuant to the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended. However, you are not required to take action
unless you own (or have rights to) shares in Royal Dutch (including shares held
in a separate personal brokerage account or purchased through the Global
Employee Share Purchase Plan (GESPP) or through other arrangements) outside of
the Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan, Shell Savings Plans or Shell share
should you as a participant be aware of during the process leading up to the
completion of the Transaction?
the Royal Dutch Stock Account may be affected. Your
other investment options will not be affected by this
you have a balance in the Royal Dutch Stock Account, you
need to take any action. As
the trustee of the trust associated with the Shell Trading Executive
Deferral Plan, Fidelity Management Trust Company will make all decisions
relating to the exchange (or “tender”) of existing Royal Dutch stock
may be a blackout period of several days within the Shell Trading
Executive Deferral Plan when all activity, including exchanges and
withdrawals, in the Royal Dutch Stock Account will be temporarily
suspended. If that becomes necessary, it will only affect the Royal Dutch
Stock Account and a separate notice with more details will be sent to you
in advance of the blackout period.
the Transaction is completed, how will it affect you as a participant in the
Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan?
Royal Dutch Stock Account will be replaced with the Royal
Dutch Shell Stock Account.
There will be a new fund code associated with the new stock.
balance (if any) in the existing Royal Dutch Stock Account will be
automatically exchanged into the new Royal
Dutch Shell Stock Account. You
will see this exchange reflected in your Shell Trading Executive Deferral
Plan account on Fidelity NetBenefits®
on your quarterly statement.
investment objective of the Royal
Dutch Shell Stock Account will
remain essentially the same: to replicate the investment return of the
Royal Dutch Shell Stock Fund in the Shell Savings Plans, which is to be
invested primarily in the stock of Shell Oil Company’s parent company,
Royal Dutch Shell plc.
future contributions that you have directed to the Royal Dutch Stock
Account will be directed to the new Royal
Dutch Shell Stock Account.
the Transaction is completed, how will it affect you if you hold shares of Royal
Dutch stock outside of the Shell Trading Executive Deferral Plan (for example,
purchased through GESPP or held in a separate personal brokerage
related to shares you own (or have rights to) outside of the Shell Trading
Executive Deferral Plan will be sent to you separately and will detail any
actions you will need to take with respect to those
will send you more information in June about the impact of the restructure to
your account in the Shell
Trading Executive Deferral Plan. If you
have questions, please call the Shell Benefits Service Center at 1-800-30 SHELL
(1-800-307-4355). Service Representatives are available business days (excluding
New York Stock Exchange holidays) between 7:30 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. Central time.
Benefits Service Center
Dutch Shell plc has filed a registration statement on Form F-4
(including the prospectus) and other documents relating to the exchange
offer and will file or furnish to the US Securities and Exchange
Commission (the “SEC”) other documents relating to the exchange offer.
Royal Dutch Petroleum Company has filed a related
solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 regarding the
offer. Each of these documents contains important information relating to
the exchange offer and should be carefully reviewed by
free copy of these documents (once filed with the SEC) and other documents
made public or filed with, or furnished to, the SEC by Royal Dutch
Shell plc, Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and The “Shell” Transport
and Trading Company, p.l.c. can be obtained at the SEC's Web site at
www.sec.gov or the Royal Dutch Shell plc Web site at
www.shell.com/unification. These documents may also be obtained free of
charge by contacting Investor Relations, Shell International B.V., FSK, PO
Box 162, 2501 AN
Hague, The Netherlands.
Trading Executive Deferral Plan is a non-qualified plan. Although the company
may establish a grantor type trust to hold assets, in the event of the company’s
bankruptcy, any account established for you would be subject to the claims of
the company’s creditor(s). For more information on the plan, please refer to the
Dutch Stock Account is neither a mutual fund nor a diversified or managed
Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc., 82 Devonshire St., Boston, MA