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General Contractors and Construction Companies

SIC 1500 | NAICS 236200

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Construction Contractors  (view reports by type of contractor)

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

Information resources available from this organization include:

U.S. Markets Construction Overview
Comprehensive annual report addresses key issues and trends affecting the construction industry and includes historical and forecast dollar volume trend data for major market sectors and market segments within each sector on a regional basis for residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, and nonbuilding structures. Market overview for most recent calendar year is available free online.

FMI's Construction Outlook
Quarterly outlook provides an analysis of the economy and its impact on the construction industry and includes historical and forecast dollar volume trend data for major market sectors and market segments within each sector on a national basis for residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, and nonbuilding structures. Outlook reports for current and prior quarters are available free online.

First Research
Nonresidential Building Construction

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.

BNP Media
Information resources available from this organization include:

ENR Magazine
Weekly trade magazine features news, data, and analysis for construction industry professionals, with special features including the "Top 400 Contractors" report (May) which ranks these firms by annual revenue and the "Forecast" report (November) which summarizes forecasts published by various organizations. Selected articles from current and prior issues can be viewed free online.

Annual forecast report summarizes construction forecasts for the year ahead provided by various trade associations and research firms, with contributing sources including the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Dodge Data & Analytics, FMI Corporation, and the Portland Cement Association. Summary article is available online, with full report available to subscribers.

IRS Audit Technique Guides
Construction Industry

IRS audit guide provides an overview of the industry and its business practices with a primary focus on accounting and tax issues. Topics covered in individual chapters include small contractors, large contractors, long-term contracts, look-back method interest, financial accounting vs. tax accounting, home builders and developers, joint ventures, contractor costs per square foot, and other tax issues.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Nonresidential Building Contractors  Search for "2362" to see reports for specific types of contractors
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

Financial Benchmarker

Annual financial benchmarker survey provides income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios by contractor category (e.g., all contractors, industrial and nonresidential, heavy and highway, and specialty trade), with survey results broken out by annual sales volume, geographic region, and "Best in Class" performance (top quartile based on a composite ranking of selected financial ratios).

Compensation Surveys

ERI Economic Research Institute
Construction Salary Survey

Annual survey provides compensation data for more than 190 jobs in various sectors of the industry, with information provided for each job position including job description, annual salary, incentive and variable pay, total direct compensation, trend line graph with data points, and selected occupational characteristics. Full list of job titles covered by the survey and participating firms is available online.

PAS, Inc.
Annual Compensation Surveys

PAS publishes several compensation surveys for the construction industry, with individual surveys covering executive positions, management personnel, support staff, and merit shop craft positions. Compensation data is broken out by contractor type, construction type, type of bids (e.g., cost plus, firm price), firm size based on annual revenues, and geographic region in which work is performed.

Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Guide
Chapter 28 - General Contractors and Specialty Subcontractor Issues
Hawkins, Paschall, Wolters Kluwer, annual

Chapter 28 focuses on specific issues relevant to the valuation of general contractors and specialty subcontractors, with topics addressed in this chapter including contractor segments, independence and relationship between segments, competition, backlog, project profitability and duration, contract pricing, bonding, weather, financial reporting, cyclical nature of business, and valuation implications.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

General Building Contractors - Nonresidential

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that provide construction services (i.e., new construction, additions, alterations, maintenance, and repair) for nonresidential buildings such as commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutional facilities.