Masawara to rebrand BPSMS acquisition

ZIMBABWEAN Mauritius-based investment company Masawara plc has completed its acquisition of BP Zimbabwe and Shell Zimbabwe, which together own petroleum products importer and distributor BPSMS, for £30m.\r\n

It said it planned to rename BPSMS and rebrand its retail assets over the next six months.

The purchase has been financed through a combination of $8.2m of cash resources available to Masawara and third-party debt funding arrangements.

Masawara said its planned introduction of financial and technical partners would allow for the repayment of a significant portion of the third-party funding. It would retain a minimum equity interest of 51%.

In 2010, BPSMS generated revenue of $101m and had EBITDA of $3.4m. Masawara said that supply and funding constraints had reduced its market share to 16% from historical levels of over 40%.

CEO Shingai Mutasa said, ‘This is a business that has been very profitable in the past, and with adequate funding, will steadily grow again. BPSMS fits our strategy of investing in cash generative businesses with a clear growth potential.’