Anam Waqas Ghayour
PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of E-Gas (Pvt.) Limited
E-Gas (Pvt.) Ltd operates a unique business model of supplying CNG through a virtual pipeline. Overall, the industry is dependent on the two major state-owned gas distribution companies; E-Gas through its virtual pipeline is capturing a small niche in that market. There is room available in this segment as the gas being distributed is a small fraction of what is being flared into the atmosphere. The demand from the customers is need-driven, which is perpetually increasing, as the energy starved industry doesn’t have access to uninterrupted supply or any other viable alternatives.
Success is pivotal on sound supply chain management and fulfilling the ever-increasing demand through a well-managed fleet of logistical infrastructure. The Company is currently procuring gas from six fields and also secured two new contracts for PPL gas fields. E-Gas significantly enhanced its customer base and reduced the concentration risk. E-Gas is also increasing their fleet size and added one new vehicle, bringing the total to 28 vehicles and further expansion is underway. Though, expansion will increase leveraging but is expected to remain within comfortable range supplemented by good cash flows of the Company. Furthermore, strengthened equity base (June-20: PKR 2.6bln, June-19: PKR 2bln) over the last few years provide comfort to financial risk matrix. The cost structure is being managed; distribution costs, going forward, should be the main focus of the management. The sponsors have a good understanding of the business along with happenings in the industry. The sponsor support is evident from presence of interest free long-term loan and personal guarantees of directors on the book.
The ratings are dependent on sustaining a steady revenue stream and financial risk profile. The ratings would positively benefit from the corporate governance principles, internal control systems and financial strength of E-Gas. Any prolonged dip in subdued business volume and low gas prices can have a detrimental effect.
E-Gas was incorporated in 2006 as a private limited company. The company started off by partnering with Fornovo Gas, an Italian equipment manufacturer, providing CNG equipment and services in Pakistan. Since 2011, E-Gas has shifted its focus to operating Virtual Gas Pipeline, supplying CNG to different industries in Pakistan through their huge fleet of High-Pressure Specialized Modules. E-Gas is owned and run by the sponsoring family. The sponsors also own Hyundai & Honda car dealerships in Rawalpindi and four fuel stations across the provinces. Mr. Yasir Raza is the CEO with his two brothers, Mr. Taimoor Raza and Mr. Hassan Raza as executive directors.