Forestry & Timber Operations – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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- Competitive landscape and environment
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- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Forestry, Timber, and Logging Operations
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- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
RMA Annual Statement Studies
Timber Tract and Logging Operations
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 and Salary Surveys
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Resources available from this organization include:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers
https://www.bls.gov/forest-and-conservation-workers.htm / 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.
Millwork, Window, and Door Manufacturers
Paper Mills and Manufacturers
Wood Flooring Manufacturers
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