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Forestry and Timber Operations

SIC 0800 | NAICS 113000

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Forest & Timber Management Services  (view report)
Logging Operations  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Timber Production, Trade, Consumption, and Price Statistics
Biennial research publication provides detailed current and historical data on production, imports, exports, consumption, and prices of timber products in the U.S., with hardwood and softwood product categories covered including logs; pulpwood; lumber; plywood and veneer; paper, board, and wood pulp; particleboard, hardboard, and insulating board; and wood energy use. Current and prior editions are available free online.

First Research
Timber Operations

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

IRS Audit Technique Guide
Hardwood Timber Industry
IRS audit guide includes an overview of the hardwood timber industry and its business practices, with the primary focus on accounting and tax issues such as record keeping requirements, income taxation of timber operations, employment taxes, excise taxes, and other tax considerations. Publication is available free online.

Information resources available from this organization include:

Timber and Wood Fiber Industry Information
RISI provides an extensive selection of research and information for the North American timber and wood fiber sector, with content categories including industry news and developments; historical data series for demand, production, consumption, imports, exports, and prices; forecasts and analysis of supply, demand, trade, and prices; market and price reports; and market information and transaction prices for timberland markets.

North American Timber Forecasts
Five-year and 15-year forecast reports provide production, supply, demand, and price information by product category and producing region, with topics covered in the reports including hardwood and softwood growing stock inventories, harvest by ownership type (e.g., public, private), and harvest by end use, Sample excerpt containing table of contents, list of tables, and a sample table can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Euromonitor International
Forestry in the US
Market research report analyzes key trends and developments for the forestry and logging industry, with topics covered in the report including market and production trends, competitive environment, prospects, historical and forecast production by product sector, firm demographics, imports and exports, customers and suppliers, and future outlook and forecasts. Sample report and table of contents can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Forestry, Timber, and Logging Operations  Search for "113" to see reports for specific operations
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Timber Tract and Logging Operations  Search for "113110" and "113310"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for timber tract and logging operations. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by sales and assets size range. Sample report can be viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers / logging-workers.htm
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Occupational Employment and Wages - Forestry and Logging
Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this sector (e.g., foresters, forestry workers, tree fallers, logging equipment operators, log graders and scalers, and other logging workers) on a national, state, and metro area basis, with statistical measures for national data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

Business Valuation Resources

Timberland Market Intelligence
Bimonthly "Markets Report" provides analysis and commentary on North American timberland transactions, with topics covered including open, pending, and closed transactions, key financial and operational drivers affecting transactions, tax issues which affect ownership and operations, market forces driving ownership and investment trends, and capitalization and disposition strategies. Sample issue is available upon request.