Higher contributions from downstream (the refining of petroleum crude oil) driven by improved operational performance and stronger chemicals and refining industry conditions were one of the main reasons for the firm's performance. Upstream (oil exploration) also supported the results with higher prices and production in new fields, the company said.
Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer at Royal Dutch Shell said in a statement: "Cash generation has been resilient over four consecutive quarters, at an average oil price of just under $50 per barrel."
Indeed, low oil prices continue to be a drag to the sector with crude trading below $50 a barrel. Shell promised to "remain very disciplined" to avoid seeing earnings impacted by the low prices of oil.
The stock was up 0.4 percent at around 9 a.m. London time.
"This is another good quarter emphasizing greater consistency of delivery," Jon Rigby, analyst at UBS, said in a note on Thursday morning. The Swiss bank has a "buy" rating on the stock with a target price of 2,086 pence.