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Valero Energy (SWOT Analysis)

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“SWOT is an acronym for the internal Strengths and Weaknesses of a firm and the environmental Opportunities and Threats facing that firm. SWOT analysis is a widely used technique through which managers create a quick overview of a company’s strategic situation. The technique is based on the assumption that an effective strategy derives from a sound “fit” between a firm’s internal resources (strengths and weaknesses) and its external situation (opportunities and threats). A good fit maximizes a firm’s strengths and opportunities and minimizes its weaknesses and threats. Accurately applied, this simple assumption has powerful implications for the design of a successful strategy.”

Valero Energy 

Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) is one of the largest refiners in North America. Its core activities include refining and marketing of petroleum products. With a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.3 million bpd, Valero is the sixteenth largest company on the 2007 Fortune 500 list. Valero’s large refining capacity gives it a significant competitive advantage. However, rising energy prices could affect the company’s margins.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Location of Factor

TYPE OF FACTOR

Favorable

Unfavorable

Internal

Strengths

  • Large refining system
  • Leader in conversion capacity and feedstock flexibility
  • Strong product portfolio

Weaknesses

  • Litigations
  • High dependence on the US market
  • Lack of own supply of feedstocks

External

Opportunities

  • Growing diesel demand
  • Strategic refocus
  • Restructuring retail business

Threats

  • Rising energy prices
  • Stringent regulations
  • Rising petrochemical capacity in the Middle East
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