- Oil industry services company added millions to its value in 2017 amid expansion effort
- Petrogress, Inc. leadership maintained profitability amid down-revenue period
- Trade partnerships position company to work with major industry players on key shipping routes
News that the oil and gas industry may be entering an extended recovery period following years characterized by decreased prices, a lack of investor confidence and a number of bankruptcies is only adding to the optimism of survivors like Petrogress, Inc. (OTC: PGAS), which capitalized on sound management practices to report a significant rise in profitability during last year’s third quarter and a record adjusted report of earnings despite a slump in the company’s sales volume.
In a news release, PGAS CEO Christos P. Traios stated, “The fact that revenues were down didn’t impact the fact that we still ended up showing a profit… We are stockpiling cash and prepaying expenses and also reflecting the acquisition of our assets in Ghana and Cyprus. We added $3 million-plus to shareholder value, to the book value of the company.”
Petrogress has been building its portfolio, pursuing the acquisition of two Aframax tankers in Dubai that will help the company trade through the Suez Canal as it seeks to further shore up its foothold in North Africa and the Mediterranean. The company is also working with trading partners in Libya and Ghana to advance its refining, production, and other oil and gas-related businesses. Negotiations for an interest in existing facilities at Cyprus’s Port of Limassol give Petrogress critical access to crossroad routes that it needs for providing shipping services and, according to CEO Traios, “exposure to large international oil and gas concerns that are working in the oil fields off the coast of Lebanon and Israel.”
The company’s aim is that the opportunity to forge ties with companies working in the large, long-producing fields in the Middle East will provide it with critical networking resources, as well as profits from the services it provides. A partnership with EDT Offshore, announced last month, expands those opportunities.
In Ghana, a Petrogress African subsidiary is working to secure government contracts, hopeful that company tankers involved in the Nigerian oil trade will be able to operate from a hub port in the Accra area and bid for operations at the currently profitable APG-1 production platform some eight miles offshore. APG-1 will require some platform repairs but provides the potential opportunity to profit not only from the 300 to 500 barrels that can produced daily there, but also from eight other offshore lease blocks, where an estimated 44 billion barrels of oil are believed to be available.
“While that’s clearly a project that would far outpace our current ability to finance, we think the ability to attract major players to participate with them in operations is going to provide some excellent, excellent opportunities for 2018,” Traios said.
The company’s last quarterly report stated that total assets grew during the period from $9.79 million to $14.03 million during the first nine months of 2017.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PetrogressInc.com
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