RIL Outpaces Industry In Petrol, Diesel Sales From Its Outlets
Diesel and petrol gas pumps stand at a Hindustan Petroleum Corp. gas station in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)  

RIL Outpaces Industry In Petrol, Diesel Sales From Its Outlets

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Reliance Industries Ltd. has outpaced industry in clocking double-digit sales growth in petrol and diesel from its nearly 1,400-odd petrol pumps in the third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2019.

In an investor presentation post announcing earnings for October-December 2019, Reliance, operator of the world’s largest oil refining complex, said it registered an 11 percent growth in diesel sales and 15 percent growth rate in petrol sales from its 1,394 fuel retail outlets.

This is compared to industry growth rate of 0.2 percent for diesel and 7.1 percent for petrol.

It’s per outlet throughput at 342 kilolitres per month was also nearly double that of petrol pumps operated by public sector firms such as Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd.

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"Superior product mix and high asset utilisation underpinned strong earnings," it said in the presentation adding India's oil demand grew 3.2 per cent in October-December with petrol demand rising 7.1 percent and LPG surging by 15 percent.

"Preference for petrol cars, improving road infrastructure and rural connectivity is driving petrol demand," it said. A pick up in tourist movement post festive season provided support to aviation turbine fuel demand.

Reliance said there was strong traction in retail and bulk fuel sales through its network.

"Growth driven by focus on large fleet customers (25 percent year-on-year growth), fleet aggregators (114 percent)," it said.

Its ATF sales were driving up via new customer acquisition and higher share from existing customers. "Improved ATF network competitiveness through logistical and supply source optimisation," the presentation said.

LPG sales was up 37 percent with new customers and increasing penetration in new markets.

Reliance said its petro retail sales revenues were up 5 percent at Rs 3,725 crore in the third quarter. As much as 538 million litres of fuel was sold in the three month period.

Of the 1,394 petrol pumps that Reliance operates, 518 are company owned and the remaining dealer operated.

In April last year, Reliance agreed to sell 49 percent in its petro retail business to UK's BP plc for Rs 7,000 crore. Reliance-BP joint venture agreed to expand the network to 5,500 in the next five years.

Also read: Reliance Industries Q3 Results: Operating Profit Misses Estimates As Refining Margin Falls

The country currently has 66,817 petrol pumps, with public sector retailers owning 59,716. PSU retailers have plans to double this network and have already starting appointing dealers.

Russia's Rosneft-backed Nayara Energy, formerly Essar Oil, has 5,525 petrol pumps and has plans to scale them up to more than 7,000 in two-three years.

Royal Dutch Shell has 169 outlets and is slated to add 150-200 more petrol pumps.

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