Litro Gas Lanka’s cost leadership ensures price increase covers costs
The national LPG provider, Litro Gas Lanka has developed a cost leadership advantage which ensures that the price increase covers costs (as indicated in the chart below).
Additionally, with 80% market share with capability of 8000 MT and 3000 MT storage and distribution, Litro Gas Lanka sustains a unique cost leadership price advantage that has been validated by the Consumer Affairs Authority as well. Litro Gas Lanka has been long recognized for its efficient optimization of resources and costs, a key operational benefit that has seen the cost of operations remain low at a steady 6%. The price increase sustained by Litro Gas Lanka over the years affirm this.
The only state owned entity to generate an outstanding revenue of Rs 50 billion, Litro Gas Lanka has consistently delivered exceptional economic benefit amounting to over Rs 11 billion up to now. The Company has paid Rs 34.5 billion as taxes to the state and Rs 13 billion as dividends to The Treasury.
Litro Gas Lanka believes that the LPG industry in Sri Lanka has the potential for expansion and growth. Accordingly, the company has already submitted proposals towards consolidating the industry, to the Government as well.
The Company believes that the proposed mechanisms will expand the industry and make the MRP more affordable to consumers.
Floating LPG storage
Litro Gas Lanka further says that a floating LPG storage that can store up to 40,000 MT, without any additional cost can be utilized if needed, to meet supply demand.
Energy industry sources point out that the burden of servicing debt taken to finance the large facilities of Laugfs LPG terminal at Hambantota and plans to ease their 40 billion debt raised without substantiated collateral from several banks, mainly the state owned banks may impact the entire industry and the economy. Added to that is the fact that the Laugfs LPG storage facility at Hambantota is widely seen globally as a non-performing asset.
Further, the price of Rs. 2,840 per 12.5 cylinder by Laugfs is indicative of the fact that as a privately owned company, Laugfs is sustaining losses incurred by a non-efficient process and must consolidate its efforts.
. Throughout the years, the Company has always strived to maintain the customer value proposition even with price increases and market fluctuations; for an example, in 2013, when USD was at LKR 160.00, the company was selling a 12.5 cylinder at Rs 2,300.00. The current price increase therefore clearly covers our costs and does not include a profit margin to the Company, confirm company sources.
Litro Gas Lanka believes that as the national LPG provider, the Company has a national energy mandate to fulfill to the people of Sri Lanka – a goal the Company is committed to.