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Self Storage Facilities

SIC 4225 | NAICS 531130

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Self-Storage Services  (view report)
Mobile Storage Services  (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

MiniCo, Inc.
Self-Storage Almanac

Comprehensive annual reference guide provides detailed statistical data for the self-storage service sector, with topics addressed in the almanac including business overview, customer demographics, unit mix, unit rental rates, occupancy rates, facility management, manager compensation, valuation, investment analysis, bank financing, supply and demand analysis, and occupancy levels by state.

Informa USA, Inc.
Inside Self-Storage

Monthly trade publication features news and information for self-storage facility owners and managers, with special features including the October "Top-Operators List" issue which ranks the top firms in the industry by total square footage and also includes information on top executive, type of firm, number of facilities, number of units, primary brand names, and locations by state and country for each company.

Self Storage Association (SSA)
Information resources available from this organization include:

An Introduction to Self Storage
Introductory whitepaper included in the SSA Public Library section provides an extensive overview of the self-storage business, with topics covered in this publication including historical perspective, real estate characteristics, unit rental rates, growth patterns, costs and operating expenses, construction, financing, supply and demand, facility management, marketing techniques, and legal considerations.

SSA Globe Magazine
Monthly trade association magazine features news and information for the self-storage industry, with topics covered in this publication including economic outlook, facility management, customer service, maintenance and renovations, security systems, insurance, software and technology, industry trade shows and conferences, and legislative updates. Digital issues of the magazine are available online.

Self Storage Demand Study
Comprehensive research study provides in-depth information on who uses self-storage facilities, the reasons why they do so, and for how long from both a consumer and business user standpoint, with detailed survey data broken out by user group (e.g., temporary short-term renters, long-term renters, students, and military renters) and geographic region (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, and West).

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Mini-Warehouses and Self-Storage Units  Search for "531130"

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

MiniCo, Inc.
Self-Storage Expense Guidebook

Annual guidebook provides operating expense ranges and averages for self-storage properties by geographic region, with expense categories covered in the guidebook including real estate taxes, insurance, on-site management, off-site management, repairs and maintenance, administrative expenses, advertising, utilities, credit card/bank charges, technology, and other office expenses.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Institute of Real Estate Management
Profile and Compensation Study, CPM® Edition

IREM compensation study provides compensation and benefits information for commercial property managers based on education, level and type of real estate management experience, property types managed (e.g., office buildings, shopping centers, retail properties, medical buildings, warehouses, self-storage facilities, and industrial properties), number of sites managed, and geographic location.

Inside Self-Storage
Self-Storage Manager Compensation Survey

Comprehensive survey provides salary, wage, bonus, and benefits information for individuals who provide day-to-day management of self-storage facilities, with salary and wage data broken out by age, gender, ethnicity, level of education, employment status, developed environment (e.g., urban, suburban, and rural), facility size (net rentable space and number of units), and geographic region.

PayScale, Inc.
Self-Storage Warehousing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this real estate sector such as general manager, property manager, facility manager, office manager, and facility rental clerk, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Public Storage, Inc., Extra Space Storage, Inc., CubeSmart, and U-Haul International (Amerco).

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Business Valuation Resources

Appraisal Institute
Self Storage Economics and Appraisal
R. Christian Sonne, Appraisal Institute, 2012

Comprehensive appraisal guide examines the unique characteristics of this industry and discusses the data and tools needed to perform analyses of these properties, with topics covered in the guide including national trends, market area analysis, market demographics, operational trends, site and building analysis, and applying the cost, sales comparison, and income capitalization approaches.

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

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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