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General Construction Contractors – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 15  |  NAICS 236

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Commercial, Industrial, Apartment & Municipal Building Contractors  (view reports)
Heavy Engineering, Highway, Road, Bridge & Pipeline Construction  (view reports)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

BNP Media
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.

FMI Corporation
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.

U.S. Census Bureau
Value of Construction Put in Place

Monthly report estimates the total dollar value of work performed in the public and private sectors by month for the last six months with comparison to the prior year for the most recent month, with private sector categories including residential, office, lodging, commercial, healthcare, religious, educational, transportation, communications, and manufacturing. Report is available free online.

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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Residential and Nonresidential Building Contractors  Search for "236" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide 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

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Residential and Nonresidential Building Contractors  Search for "236" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Residential and Nonresidential Building Contractors
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarker

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

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Compensation and Salary 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.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 15 - Residential and Nonresidential Building Construction
  NAICS Code 236 - Residential and Nonresidential Building Construction
Types of establishments included in these codes
Single-family housing contractors - establishments that build new single-family homes or undertake substantial renovation projects for such homes.
Multifamily housing contractors - establishments that build new apartment buildings or other multifamily dwellings or undertake renovation projects for such properties.
Commercial and institutional building contractors - establishments that build new nonresidential structures, such as office buildings, schools, hospitals, and retail stores, or provide renovation services for such structures.
Industrial building contractors - establishments that build new industrial structures, such as factories and warehouses, or provide renovation services for such structures.
Land developers - establishments that subdivide land into lots for sale to builders or developers, or for development and sale as finished home sites.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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.

BVR Guides and Books
What It's Worth: Valuing Residential and Commercial Construction Companies

BVR special report offers valuable insights into how to value residential and commercial construction contractors, with subjects addressed including current market trends for building contractors, special considerations in valuing contractors, and methods used in valuing these companies, and includes a case study of a residential/commercial contractor valuation. Table of contents is available free online.

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