Phoenix Petroleum has broken into the top three largest oil firms in the country based on fuel market share, according to data for the first half of 2020 from the Depertment of Energy (DOE).
The energy unit of budding tycoon Dennis Uy captured 6.86% of the market—enough to catapult over Unioil, which slid to fourth with 6.48%. Phoenix was held the fourth spot at the end of 2019.
Petron Corporation, a unit of San Miguel Corporation, holds steady at first place with 24.88%, followed by Shell Petroleum Corporation with 18.25%. Chevron Philippines, which owns the Caltex brand and which was part of the original Big 3 oil firms (alongside Petron and Shell), slid to fifth place with 6.13%.
In the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) segment, Phoenix reported a 39% increase in sales volume during the first quarter of 2020, particulalry in its key markets in the Visayas and Mindanao. It also reported progress in penetrating the highly competitive Luzon market. According to DOE data, Phoenix has a 6.57% market share in the LPG segment for the first half of 2020, up 5.61% for the whole of 2019.
“This latest development in terms of market share affirms the results of the brand market study we implemented that illustrate Phoenix as an emerging and credible brand alternative to the one Filipinos have been used to in the market,” said Phoenix president Henry Albert Fadullon. “It encourages and inspires us even more to carry out our vision to be an indispensable partner of Filipinos in their daily journey.”
In the first quarter of 2020, Phoenix posted total revenues of P21.9 billion and a gross profit of P1.7 billion. Operating income stood at P179 million and net loss at P215 million. In the second quarter, the company reported trimming its net loss to P5 million from the P386 million loss during the first quarter.
“We are pleased with the progress we’ve made in stabilizing the business as we are on track to bringing the business back into profitability by third quarter,” Fadullon added. “We are confident and hopeful that the worst is behind us.”
Phoenix Petroleum is a unit of Uy’s vast empire, which includes interests in premium automobiles, shipping and logistics, education, convenience stores, quick-service restaurants, and telecommunications.
NOTE: This article first appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made.