Caltex Australia SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Caltex Australia with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Caltex Australia

Parent Company

Chevron and Caltex Australia

Category

Oil and Gas

Sector

Energy

Tagline/ Slogan

Our energy fuels a brighter future

USP

The only integrated oil refining and marketing company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange

STP

Segment

Enterprises and individuals with energy requirements

Target Group

Entities which require petroleum products, transport fuel, marine fuels etc.

Positioning

Leading transport fuel supplier and convenience retailer of Australia

SWOT Analysis

Strengths

1. A strong supply and marketing infrastructure has helped it gain a competitive edge
2. A rapidly successful growth in marketing business has led to an increase in its profitability
3. Broad product and service portfolio (fuels, diesel, biofuel blends, lubricants, low aromatic blends, precision spray oils, and marine fuels) helps mitigate risks related to one field and gain revenue from a number of sources diversely
4. Strategic acquisitions (Cocks Petroleum, a company that distributes petroleum; South Coast Retail, a company that operates retail service stations and Slater, a distributor of petroleum) have helped it steadily increase its revenues
5. Solid refining output results, driven by stronger refinery margins, plant reliability gains and a lower depreciation charge have brought in financial success

6. Strong backing of Chevron gives it a reach to over 60 countries

Weaknesses

1. An increasing debt burden has lead to uncertainty over its debt repayment ability and time
2. Shutdown of its Kurnell refinery in Sydney will lead to a substantial loss in revenue and work force as well

Opportunities

1. A growing energy demand in Asia-Pacific region as a result of increasing oil and gas fuel demand is driving its growth
2. Increasing focus on renewable energy can be leveraged by it as it concentrates on biofuels (with ethanol blending facilities at a number of its terminals and many of its service stations selling a 10% ethanol/petrol blend (E10) throughout New South Wales and Queensland; biodiesel blends, in which the biodiesel is derived from renewable sources)
3. Growth in Asia Pacific refining capacities offers it a huge scope to expand its own capacities and gain a larger market share

Threats

1. Geographic concentration of its operations, esp. in Australia exposes it more to political and economic risks specific to the country and puts it at a disadvantage as against its competitors
2. Rising capital costs in refining sector can decrease its profit margins and adversely affect its revenues

3. Volatility in oil and gas prices for reasons outside its control can lead it to losses
4. Competition from other players in the market with a larger asset and financial base can erode its market share

Competition

Competitors

1. ExxonMobil Corporation
2. Royal Dutch Shell PLC
3. BP PLC

 


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