Ganesh Benzoplast Limited (GBL) informs that it has signed the lease deed in respect of the allotment of a plot of Landon lease for 25 years, at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The land, admeasuring 4.5 hectares (45,090 square meters), has been leased out to GBL from
2022 to 2047. GBL intends to build storage tanks at the site for the handling and storage of liquid cargo – edible oil, acetone, acetic acid, ammonia, propane etc.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Rishi Pilani (Chairman & Managing Director-GBL) said: “I am extremely delighted to announce this development. Allotment of land at a major port is the most value additive for the Company and its shareholders. It enables the Company to grow its business and provide more services to the ever-increasing client base. We are proud that GBL is considered amongst the largest provider of storage facilities for bulk liquids and chemicals in India, and this new allocation is just one of the many stems of our expansion.
We intend to construct a mix of tanks for the handling and storage of edible oil, acetone, acetic acid, ammonia, propane etc. Building storage tanks of this nature is our domain strength, and we are thus confident of early and smooth erection of tanks. Our intention is to commission this project in phases in a 2-year time frame. Furthermore, we envisage a total investment in the range of Rs. 3bn to Rs.4bndepending on the mix of chemical and commodity storage facilities that we eventually plan to commission. We have a lean balance sheet and we are a net cash company, which enables us to remain very flexible over the choice of funding plan for this project. Our options range from own equity to debt to customer advances or a prudent mix of all three, a call on which will be taken shortly. As the data of our prior projects have shown, we remain confident of recovering this investment over a 3-4 year period.
With the addition of the new tanks, at the newly allotted site at JNPT, we estimate our storage capacities could incrementally double, giving us further lead in respect of the material edge that we already have over competition and thus allow us, hence forth to capitalise on the tailwinds in cargo movements at the ports.
We are delighted that the land allotted is adjacent to our existing facility. This implies that some expense heads will naturally be shared with the existing facility. This will make the new project seem more like a brownfield expansion rather than a greenfield expansion, implying higher EBIDTA margins for GBL as a whole. Since a large part of our revenues and profits are contributed by our existing JNPT facilities, its only implied that once the capacity comes on stream these numbers are likely to see a huge boost. We won’t be way off even if we assume doubling our revenues and profits in the near future.”
About Ganesh Benzoplast:
Ganesh Benzoplast Limited is the leading independent Liquid Storage Tank (LST) provider, specialized in the storage and handling of liquid chemicals and oil products and has storage terminals at JNPT (Mumbai), Cochin and Goa. GBL also has a small presence in the business of manufacturing of specialty chemicals, food preservatives and oil additives.
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