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Trucking Companies

SIC 4213 | NAICS 484000

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Local Freight Trucking  (view reports)
Long-Distance Freight Trucking  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Bobit Business Media
Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features in-depth news and information for commercial vehicle fleet operators, with topic sections including fleet management, equipment, safety and compliance, owner operators, maintenance, and more. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine can be viewed free online.

Specialty Trucking / Truckload Carriers / Less-Than-Truckload Carriers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Transport Topics Publishing Group
Transport Topics
Weekly magazine features news and information for commercial freight carriers, with special features including the annual "Top 100 For-Hire Carriers" and "Top 100 Private Carriers" surveys which provide revenue, net income, employees, equipment, and operating units data for the companies included in these surveys. "Top 100" surveys and selected articles from current and prior issues are available online.

Randall-Reilly Publishing
Commercial Carrier Journal
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for commercial freight carriers, with content categories including news, business, equipment, technology, regulations, and recruiting and retention. Current digital edition and selected articles from current and prior issues are available online.

Information resources available from this trade association include:

ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast
Annual publication examines the current state of the U.S. freight transportation system and provides forecasts for all transportation modes―including motor carriers, railroads, air cargo transport, waterborne transport, and pipeline transport―in terms of volume and revenue over the next decade.

ATA American Trucking Trends
Annual publication provides a comprehensive look at trends in the trucking industry, with topics covered including size and statistics, performance, fleet demographics, safety and environmental issues, diesel fuel prices, commercial vehicle configurations, and more.

GIA Research
Trucking Industry
Global outlook report provides an overview of this transportation sector in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including sector overview; TL and LTL segments; vehicle types (e.g., single unit, tractor-trailer, and multi-trailer); market trends; and regional market perspectives. Summary description is available free online with detailed table of contents available upon request.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
General and Specialized Freight Trucking Services  Search for "4841" and "4842"

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

First Research

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

ATA Driver Compensation Survey
Annual driver compensation survey provides compensation and benefits data for company employee, owner-operator, and independent contractor drivers, with survey results broken out by carrier type on a national and regional basis. Other information provided includes driver recruiting and retention practices, owner-operator employment and compensation structure, and technician compensation and benefits data.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Truck Drivers
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.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Trucking Companies
Vehicle Transport Companies

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

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