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Metal Service Centers and Other Wholesalers

SIC 5051 | NAICS 423510


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



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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts


Metal Service Centers & Other Wholesalers  (view report)
Primary Metal Manufacturing  (view reports)

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

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


Metal Center News
MCN Magazine
http://www.metalcenternews.com/

Monthly trade publication features news and information for the metals distribution and service center industry, with special features including the annual outlook published in January, periodic updates on the outlook for specific end-use markets throughout the year, and the "MCN Top 50 Service Centers" report published each September. Selected articles from current and past issues are available online.



Steel Service Centers & Other Metal Wholesalers
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Pixmission, LLC
Modern Metals Magazine
http://www.modernmetals.com/

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for metal distributors, fabricators, OEMs, and other end users, with editorial content in each issue including business news, distribution operations, processing technologies, and company profiles, and special features including the "Quarterly Market Report", quarterly "Regional Manufacturing Outlook", and annual "End User Markets Outlook" report.


Metals Service Center Institute
Publications available from this organization include:

Metals Tendencies Report
https://www.msci.org/
Monthly opinion survey of senior executives at MSCI member centers summarizes their expectations for business conditions over the next three months by product category for carbon and stainless steel and aluminum products in terms of expected industry shipments and plans for ordering more material from their suppliers, with market expectations reported separately for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Metals Activity Report
https://www.msci.org/
Monthly activity report provides detailed data on monthly shipments and inventory levels on a current month and year-to-date basis by product category for carbon steel (e.g., all products, bars, flat rolled, plate, pipe and tubing, and structural), stainless steel (all products), and aluminum (e.g., all products, extruded shapes, plate, rod and bar, sheet, coil, and pipe and tube) products in the U.S. and Canada.


Copper & Brass Service Center Association
CBSA Flash Market Trend Report
http://www.copper-brass.org/

Monthly report provides shipment data for copper and brass alloy products for the most recent month on a current month and year-to-date basis with comparisons to the same periods in the prior year for year-over-year trending purposes, and also includes a look at key business indicators (e.g., incoming orders, lead times, inventory levels, and daily shipment levels) for both service centers and suppliers.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios



Industry Financial Ratios
Metal Service Centers & Other Wholesalers
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "423510"

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


Metals Service Center Institute
Executive Chart Book
https://www.msci.org/

Online benchmarking service allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other participating firms on a quarterly and annual basis, with financial information provided including income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios broken out by annual sales, line of business, and percentage of tons processed. Video tutorial with screen shots is available free online.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys


Metals Service Center Institute
Compensation resources available from this trade association include:

Sales, Administrative, Professional & Management Compensation Survey
https://www.msci.org/
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for management, sales, and administrative personnel, with survey results broken out by annual sales, number of full-time personnel, primary line of business, and geographic region. Survey also includes information on employee turnover, drug testing requirements, and employer-provided fringe benefits.

Production Employee Compensation Survey
https://www.msci.org/
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for salaried and hourly production employees, with survey data broken out by total annual sales, total number of full-time personnel, line of business (e.g., general line, flat rolled, stainless/nonferrous, bar, plate and shape, tubing, and aluminum), and plant location (e.g., U.S. region, state, and metro area).


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Business Valuation Resources


Small Business Valuation Multiples

Metal Supply Centers
http://valuationresources.com/

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that distribute primary metal products in various forms (e.g., plates, sheets, coils, bars, rods, tubes, pipes, rails, and beams) and may also provide additional processing services (e.g., cutting, leveling, slitting, bending, blanking, pickling, cleaning, and coating) that customize these products for their customers.








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