Regardless of Pandemic, War, or Inflation, the Global Refinery Cycle Follows a Seasonal Pattern

What Does This Mean for Gasoline Marketers?

Wholesale gasoline inventories usually peak in the last few weeks of February. Then, refineries start to perform maintenance, also known as turnaround. Spring turnaround reduces refining capacity just when the market begins to anticipate an increase in gasoline demand due to the summer driving season.

This causes gasoline prices at the terminal to move higher. When this happens, retailers’ street margins get squeezed.

Retail gasoline marketers have a seasonal problem. The robust profit margins they often enjoy in the late autumn and winter can deteriorate as Spring arrives. This Q1/Q2 margin squeeze does not occur every year of course, but the pressure on profit margins between New Year’s Day and Memorial Day can be severe.

What can you do about it?

The gasoline retailer can establish hedge positions to offset this expected margin squeeze. POWERHOUSE works with clients across the country to develop customized strategies to protect margins.

Each company operates in unique conditions so contact us to discuss how we can help your company protect margins and grow your business.

David Thompson, CMT Executive Vice President

(202) 333-5380

ICE IM: dthompson17


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