PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Gas & Oil Pakistan Limited
The ratings incorporate Gas & Oil Pakistan Limited, herein, referred to as GO’s, every increasing presence in the oil marketing (OMC) segment. The company has augmented its market share in a competitive market, benefiting from the strategic positioning of the stations that it feeds. The growth spree continues. GO aims to carry out its expansion strategy by further penetrating the retail segment of semi-urban and rural areas. The company has increased its storage capacity, consolidated from 130,160 MTs to 197,038 MTs out of which 36,288 MTs storage is leased from FTTL. This complements its tenacity to keep the pace of growth with this existing storage capacity. GO further aims to inaugurate more company owned and operated sites, which will further enhance the margins. GO has traditionally capitalized on strong managerial support from its sponsors who have significant knowledge in oil procurement and distribution. The equity base of the company has taken support from internal capital generation and higher accumulated profitability. The management intends to keep the leverage indicators aligned to its risk profile. The company aims to further improve their market share as it moves on its expansion drive, utilizing a mixture of internally generated equity and debt. Moving forward, GO aims to diversify its revenue streams, strengthening its business risk profile.
The rating captures the company’s ability to sustain its business despite challenges arising from outbreak of COVID-19. Rollout of the planned business strategy and sustainable profitability is essential. In the meantime, financial metrics needs to be upheld in terms of working capital ratios, coverages and capital structure.
Gas & Oil Pakistan Limited incorporated in 2012, was granted the license as an OMC in 2012. Gas & Oil started its operation in 2014 in Punjab region and later expanded its sales and marketing network into Sindh in 2016, KPK in 2017 and also Balochistan in 2019. With a network of approximately 794 retail outlets, Gas & Oil Pakistan has ~ 9.4% market share (ranked 4th) as of January-April 2021 based on the basis of MS/HOBC/HSD sales. The company has storage infrastructure of over 197,038 MT spread all across the country spread along with seven sites.
The majority shareholding of the company is owned by three individuals. Mr. Khalid Riaz (CEO and Chairman) has 58% stake in the company followed Mr. Shahzad Mubeen (21%), Mr. Bilal Ansari (11%) and VITOL Dubai Limited (10%) stake in the company. The Board of Directors comprises seven experienced professionals with four independent members.