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Pharmacies and Drug Stores

SIC 5912 | NAICS 446110

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

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Pharmacies & Drug Stores  (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

Drug Store News
DSN Magazine
Monthly publication features news and information for retail pharmacy professionals, with content categories including special reports, pharmacy, over-the-counter, beauty care, general merchandise, and consumables, and special features including the annual "State of Retail Pharmacy Report" (January issue). Current and past digital editions of the magazine are available online, with free subscription available to qualified parties.

First Research

Drug Stores
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Drug Channels Institute
Economic Report on Retail, Mail, and Specialty Pharmacies
Biennial report provides a detailed analysis of the pharmacy industry, with topics covered including industry overview, changes in industry structure, prescription prices and pharmacy benefits, relationships with PBMs, reimbursement by third-party payers, relationships with wholesalers, pharmacy profitability, and economic trends and outlook. Report overview, detailed table of contents, and list of exhibits are available free online.

Racher Press Inc.
Chain Drug Review

Biweekly trade journal features news and information for the chain drug store industry, with special reports including the "Annual State of the Industry Report", which profiles the top 50 drug chains, and the "Annual Report of Retail Pharmacy", which ranks the top 100 chains by dollar volume and store count and analyzes the performance of the top 25. Selected articles from current and archived issues can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Pharmacies and Drug Stores  Search for "446110"
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

National Community Pharmacists Association
NCPA Digest
Annual benchmarking survey allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other similar independent community pharmacies, with financial data provided in the survey including income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios categorized by annual sales volume, level of profitability, market area population, and geographic region. Sample report can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Compensation Surveys

PharmacyWeek / Mercer LLC
U.S. Pharmacy Compensation Survey
Semiannual compensation survey provides base pay, short-term incentive, and total cash compensation data for pharmacy personnel, with compensation data categorized by type of pharmacy operation, geographic area, and company size. Selected excerpts from the survey which provide weighted-mean hourly and annual base pay data for selected job positions on a national, regional, and state basis are available free online.

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook / technicians
Information provided for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians 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 / technicians
Annual occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians 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

National Community Pharmacists Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Pharmacy Blue Book
Interactive calculator allows users to estimate the value of a retail pharmacy using various valuation formulas based on sales, net income, net profit, prescription volume, inventory, and fixtures and equipment. Calculator is available to members only; free preview includes a sample valuation calculation based on these formulas.

Selling A Pharmacy: A "How To" Guide
Chapter 5: "How to Determine an Equitable Selling or Purchase Price for a Community Pharmacy" from this seller's guide provides a more detailed discussion of the various valuation formulas used in the "Pharmacy Blue Book" calculator noted above and includes sample valuation calculations for each of these formulas.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Retail Pharmacies

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 BIZCOMPSĀ®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.