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Commercial Printing – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 275  |  NAICS 32311

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 Printing Services  (view report)
Prepress & Postpress Services  (view report)
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.

Printing United Alliance
Printing United Journal

Quarterly trade publication provides news and information for all sectors of the printing industry, with featured topics included in each issue addressing the four key areas of printing operations: business management, pre-press, print room (press), and post-press. Current and archived digital editions are available free online, with access to prior issues available via the flipbook's "Contents" menu feature.

Publications available from this organization include:

Printing Impressions Magazine
Monthly trade publication provides news and information for the graphic arts industry with a focus on the commercial print sector, with special features including the annual "Top 25 'Hot Markets' for Print Demand Forecast" and the annual "PI 350 Report" which ranks the 350 largest printing firms by total revenue. Selected articles can be viewed online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.

Top 25 Hot Markets for Print Demand Forecast
Annual report analyzes print demand for the year ahead for 25 market sectors, with data provided for each market sector including total revenue forecast, revenue growth rate percentage, printing trends, share-to-print percentage, potential print revenue, and percentage change in print revenue from prior year. Summary report is available free online with registration; full report is available via subscription.

PI 350 Report
Annual report ranks the largest printing companies in the U.S. and Canada by total revenue and also provides additional information for each company including prior year revenue, net change from prior year, principal officer, number of employees, primary specialties, printing processes and capabilities, ownership type, and number of manufacturing plants. Report is available free online with registration.

Freedonia Group
Commercial Printing: United States

Freedonia Focus research report analyzes the U.S. market for this service sector, with data provided including historical and forecast revenue by process (e.g., lithographic, digital, flexographic, gravure, screen, other) and application (e.g., advertising, books, periodicals, labels/wrappers, other) and firms profiled including R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, LSC Communications, and Quad/Graphics, Inc.

The Smithers Group Inc.
The Future of Global Printing

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of this service sector on a global basis, with data provided including market size and forecast by end-use sector (e.g., publication, graphics, labels and packaging), process (e.g., analogue, digital), ink (e.g., analogue, digital), plate (e.g., aluminum, flexo, litho paper/polyester), substrate (e.g., coated, uncoated, packaging), and region (e.g., United States).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Commercial Printing  Search for "32311" 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
Commercial Printing  Search for "32311" 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
Commercial Printing Services
(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.

Profectus, Inc.
Financial Ratios Advisor

Financial benchmarking software lets users compare their firm's income statements, balance sheets, and financial and operating ratios with other printing and packaging companies, with data broken out for comparative purposes by type of company, market segment, production processes or equipment, net sales, accounts payable practices, and geographic region. Sample report is available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Printing Impressions' Benefit and Compensation Survey

Compensation survey provides salary ranges for 26 job titles ranging from executive management to production personnel and also provides information on sales compensation plans, paid time off, paid holidays, medical and insurance benefits offered, retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, daycare assistance, and employee communications and policies. Current survey can downloaded free online.

Print Industries
Wage + Benefits Survey Report / Sales Compensation Study

Comprehensive annual surveys provide compensation and benefits information for 16 job categories and over 100 job positions ranging from top management to warehouse personnel, with annual base salary and hourly wage data broken out by company size and region and statistical measures for this data including lowest, first quartile, mean, second quartile, third quartile, 90th percentile, and highest.

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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 275 - Commercial Printers
  NAICS Code 32311 - Commercial Printers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Stationery printers - establishments that specialize in printing stationery, invitations, and similar items on purchased stock materials.
Label printers - establishments that specialize in producing labels for various products and applications, such as product labels, shipping labels, and address labels.
Greeting card printers - establishments that specialize in printing greeting cards for all occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, and special events.
Catalog and brochure printers - establishments that specialize in producing catalogs, brochures, and other promotional materials.
Business form printers - establishments that specialize in producing business forms, such as invoices, purchase orders, and receipts.
Large-format printers - establishments that specialize in producing large-format graphics and banners, such as billboards, trade show displays, and event signage.
Custom printers - establishments that provide custom printing services using a variety of materials and printing methods to meet the unique needs of individual clients.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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