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Metal Service Centers and Distributors

SIC 5051 | NAICS 423510

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Metal Wholesaling  (view report)
Scrap Metal Recycling  (view report)

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
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Metal Center News
MCN Magazine
Monthly trade journal features news and information for the metals distribution industry, with special features including the annual industry outlook, quarterly reports on current business conditions for publicly held mills and metal products distributors, and periodic updates on the outlook for specific end-use markets. Selected feature articles from current and prior issues of the magazine can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Steel Service Centers & Other Metal Wholesalers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue 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

Metals Service Center Institute
Publications available from this organization include:

Metals Tendencies Report
Monthly survey of executives from MSCI member metal distribution companies summarizes their expectations for business conditions over the next three months on a national and regional basis by product category for carbon and stainless steel (e.g., all products, bars, flat rolled, plate, pipe and tubing, and structural) and aluminum (e.g., all shapes, extruded shapes, plate, rod and bar, sheet and coil, and pipe and tube) products.

Metals Activity Reports
Monthly activity reports provide detailed data on North American shipments and inventory levels by product category on a current month and year-to-date basis for carbon and stainless steel (e.g., all shapes, bars, flat rolled, plate, pipe and tubing, and structural) and aluminum (e.g., all products, extruded shapes, plate, rod and bar, sheet and coil, and pipe and tube) products. Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Copper & Brass Service Center Association
CBSA Flash Market Trend Report
Monthly market trend report provides shipment data for copper and brass alloy products for the most recent month on month-to-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 trending data for monthly shipments, average inventory levels, average lead times, incoming orders, promptness of payment, and workers still on short time or layoff.

Financial Ratios and Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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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
Online subscription service allows users compare their financial and operating performance with other similar participating firms on a quarterly and annual basis, with financial data provided including income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios broken out by annual company sales volume, primary line of business, and geographic region. Video tutorial which includes selected excerpts can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Metals Service Center Institute
Sales, Admin, Professional & Management Compensation Survey
Production Employee Compensation Survey
Annual compensation surveys provide wage, salary, incentive, and total compensation data for hourly and salaried employees broken out by annual company sales volume, total number of employees, primary line of business, and geographic region, with statistical data measures provided for each position including average, median, and upper and lower quartiles. Selected excerpts from a previous survey can be viewed free online.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Employee Compensation Report
Two-volume wholesale distributor employee compensation report provides detailed analysis of executive and employee compensation, including salaries, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits, with compensation data broken out by annual company sales volume and geographic region. Table of contents, compensation breakout information, and job descriptions for all positions included in the report can be viewed free online.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Metal Supply Centers

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.

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