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Sign Companies and Manufacturers

SIC 3993 | NAICS 339950

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Sign Manufacturing  (view report)
Sign Franchises  (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. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

NBM, Inc.
Sign & Digital Graphics / archives

Monthly trade journal features news and information for sign and commercial graphics professionals, with topics covered in various issues of the publication including products, markets, trends, skill sets, and technologies and sections focused on specific areas of interest including electrical signage, vinyl wraps, digital graphics and finishing, specialty imaging, and architectural and environmental signage.

International Sign Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Signs 101
Introductory section provides descriptions of the different types of signsincluding building-mounted (e.g., awning, canopy, roof, band, wall, window), digital (e.g., point-of-purchase, lobby, menu, video), freestanding (e.g., directional, tenant, message center, monument, pole), and interior (e.g., directory, directions, tenant, point-of-purchase, regulatory)and an extensive glossary of terms and definitions.

Industry Size and Scope
Economic impact study conducted by Ernst & Young LLP measures the direct and indirect economic effect of sign manufacturers and other firms that contribute to their output on the U.S. economy, with information provided including number of companies, direct and indirect economic output, number of employees, value of goods and services purchased, employees wages paid, and total tax payments.

Quarterly Economic Report
Quarterly publication analyzes key market segments on an upstream and downstream basis to allow users to stay current with evolving business conditions and expected future trends and market shifts, with upstream and downstream market segments assessed including two supplier markets―printing and electrical/digital signage–and two end markets–electric/digital signage and architectural signage.

Pulse Survey
Annual report provides a snapshot of where the industry is and where it is headed, with respondents weighing in on their business performance for the past six months and for the upcoming year ahead, and also providing insights on hiring and equipment purchasing plans and the most important issues and challenges facing their business. Current and past survey reports are available to members only.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
SGIA Industry Benchmarking Report

Annual survey provides detailed information on the graphics and sign printing community, with topics covered in the report including company demographics, types of technologies used, capital spending plans, markets served, types of products offered, customer credit terms, current business conditions, sales trends, barriers to growth, business strategies, expected hiring needs, and industry confidence.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Sign Manufacturers  Search for "339950"

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 including:

  • 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

Sign Manufacturing
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenue for establishments that manufacture traditional non-electric signs (e.g., billboards, trade show exhibits, and storefront, interior, and display signs) and digital signs that use LEDs, plasma panels, and other technologies (e.g., billboards, video displays, and scoreboards).

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

International Sign Association
Wage and Benefits Report

Annual compensation survey provides a detailed analysis of salaries, wages, and employee benefits for 60 job positions in the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry, with positions covered in the survey ranging from data entry clerk to chief executive officer and compensation data reported by company size and geographic region to allow users to compare their wages and benefits to peers.

PayScale, Inc.
Sign Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as project manager, production manager, graphic designer, CNC operator, metal fabricator, and sign maker, with companies for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Signtech Electrical Advertising Inc., Sign & Graphics Operations LLC, Sign-A-Rama Inc., and Fastsigns International Inc.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data  Select "Guest Search" to view data by industry

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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