A leading retailer of petroleum products in Africa, Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) is expanding on the continent with the acquisition of Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation’s (GAPCO) assets in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The transaction is subject to the authorities’ approval in the three countries.
The principal assets being acquired are two logistical terminals in Mombasa, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as a retail network of around one hundred service stations1. The acquisition of these assets, which are complementary to Total’s existing operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, will strengthen Total’s logistics in the region and significantly accelerate the growth of our service station network, particularly in Tanzania, while leveraging the Total brand.
“This acquisition is in line with Total’s growth strategy for the distribution of petroleum products and services in Africa, which aims at expanding in fast-growing regions while maintaining high profitability,” explained Momar Nguer, President, Total Marketing & Services. “These assets, which complement our activities in East Africa, will help us fully leverage synergies of size and build the most competitive integrated regional supply, logistics and marketing base.”
Total is the leading petroleum product retailer in Africa, with a network of more than 4,000 service stations. The company aims to grow its market share from 17% in 2015 to more than 20%.