WOQOD Net Profit for 2018 Amounted to
1,160 Million Qatar Riyals
WOQOD Chief Executive Officer,
Engineer Saad Rashid Al-Muhannadi announced that Qatar Fuel (WOQOD) Board of
Directors, chaired by Mr. Ahmed Seif Al-Sulaiti, convened its meeting at 01:30
pm on Monday 25 February 2019, in WOQOD Tower, West Bay. The Board reviewed the
financial results achieved by the
company during the financial year ended 31 December 2018 and approved the said results.
Engineer Al-Muhannadi revealed that WOQOD net
profits for the year 2018 (excluding minority interests) amounted to 1160
Million Riyals, compared to 964 Million Riyals achieved in the year 2017, representing
an increase of 20% from the preceding year 2017. Earning per share (EPS) amounted
to QR. 11.7 compared to 9.7 Riyals per share for the preceding year.
equity increased by about 12% to 8.3 Billion Riyals for the said year, compared
to QAR 7.4 Billion for the year 2017.
Engineer Al-Muhannadi added that good results achieved
in net profits and return per share are attributable to the measures taken for
the enhancement of efficiency and capability in company business activities and
operations, and to the efforts exerted towards cost reduction through a multi-
initiative and integrated cost optimization policy started in the year 2017
through 2018 and still being implemented in a phased manner.
Engineer Al-Muhannadi further announced that,
in line with the financial results achieved, the Board of Directors issued a recommendation
included in the agenda for the Annual General Assembly Meeting to be convened
in the evening of the 25th of March 2019, for distribution of
dividends amounting to 8 Qatari Riyal per share, resulting in total dividend
payout of Qatar Riyals 795 Million equivalent to 80% of the nominal paid share capital.
recommendation has taken into account the present liquidity status and future fund
requirements for capital projects approved for the year 2019, and thereafter.
Engineer Al-Muhannadi went on to say that, the
Board has reviewed the current and future projects intended for implementation
by the company in support of the comprehensive infrastructure development policy
currently under implementation in the State of Qatar. Fuel Service stations
currently operated by WOQOD amounted to 84 stations by the end of the year 2018,
where another 32 stations were added throughout the State of Qatar. The company
will build 30 additional fuel stations in the year 2019. WOQOD will thus be
doubling the stations built since its incorporation in 2002 only in 2 years.
WOQOD has not only limited its
efforts in building new stations in the year 2018 but has gone further with the
enhancement of the capability and efficiency of stations by increasing the
number of dispensers in the stations currently under construction by 61%, thus
availing an adequate service to its customers.
He went on to say that, WOQOD
will continue to add new dispensers during the year 2019 and thereafter, in
order to reduce the congestion and queue of vehicles at fuel stations resulting
from the closure of many private stations.
He further emphasized that in
pursuit of its role for serving the country and the community, WOQOD would not
hesitate to build fuel stations at any location and at any time in case of
availability of land and the need for the project,
With regard to the Bitumen Facilities
Expansion Project, the Bitumen tanks providing 15000 M.T. of storage capacity
have already been completed. This expansion will allow WOQOD to retain its
market share and deliver the product to customers in a timely manner and for a competitive
price, and will also contribute to the optimization of costs of the storage
services on board ships. The remaining parts of the project will be finalized
by the coming April 2019.
As for WOQOD
Technical Inspection company “FAHES”, the company has added Al Shahania
permanent center along with another temporary center to its network. In the
year 2018. Hence the current total operating centers reached twelve (12)
centers including five (5) mobile centers. Al Mazrooaa center will be added in
the few coming months, and the center at Mowater city will follow at a later
On the field of company operation during the
year 2018, he highlighted the increase realized in the volume of distributed
petroleum products in comparison with the year 2017, where sales of various
types of fuels have witnessed a 4.2% increase. Bunker fuel sales increased by
185.7%, whereas butane gas realized an increase of 12.7%. Quantities of fuel
retail sales volume increased by 14%, whereas nonfuel retail sales have shown a
3.6% increase of revenues. This increase resulted from the opening of more new
fuel stations operated by the company. WOQOD stake of retail market has
accordingly increased to 70% in comparison with 58% for 2017.
WOQOD is endeavoring
to increase its stake in retail market to reach 85% by the end of the year 2020
after the opening of more new stations. WOQOD Vehicle Inspection Company
“FAHES” realized a 56% improvement in comparison with the year 2017. Sales of
bitumen and bituminous product have seen a slight decline of 5.9% in comparison
with the year 2017, the decline has been driven by supply and demand factors.
has an ambitious plan to ensure sustainable increase of its stake of the market
for distribution and transportation of petroleum products, gas, bitumen and
bunker fuel. This would be achieved through the implementation and operation of
various projects, and concluding the necessary contracts and agreements
relevant to these activities with the support of quality control systems,
modern technology systems, as well as the introduction of the highest health,
safety and security systems together with environmental maintenance/
preservation measures. In line with the foregoing, in 2018 WOQOD has renewed
Petroleum Products including Jet Fuel Sale and Purchase Agreements with Qatar
Petroleum for an additional period of 5 years, as well as renewal of Vehicle
Technical Inspection contract with the Ministry of Interior for the same period.
Bunker Fuel (HFO) Sale and Purchase Agreement has been signed for a validity
period of two years.
The steps for
renewal of WOQOD concession for 5 years has advanced further after the
endorsement of the Council of Ministers to the same.
reviewed the steps taken by WOQOD in the field of Qatarization to which the company accorded
paramount importance. He explained that the company has a strategic plan for recruiting and
retaining capable and qualified Qatari employees and prepare them for joining the
leadership team. A number of students are now pursuing their studies on scholarships funded
by the company in specializations consonant with WOQOD business requirements. There
are other Qatari employees undergoing training with the objective of recruiting them
in different target positions. Qatarization amounted to 39% within the senior staff
category, and the vast majority of the higher management team are from Qatari competencies.
that, the company management and Board of Directors will exert all efforts to realize company strategic vision for
provision the best services to the country, the citizens and the residents, Engineer
Al-Muhannadi thanked all concerned parties for their unfailing support to WOQOD in furtherance of
the realization of its objectives and the implementation of its vital