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Telephone Companies

SIC 4813 | NAICS 517110

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Wired Telecommunications Carriers  (view report)
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers  (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

Rural Telecom Magazine

Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for small independent community-based communications providers, with topics covered in this publication including business management, operations, marketing, customer service, human resources, technology trends, legislative activities, and regulatory decisions. Current and archived digital editions of the magazine are available online.

ICT Market Review and Forecast

Comprehensive annual market review and forecast identifies where growth is happening and why in the information and communications technology industry, with market segments analyzed by growth prospects including pacesetters (rapidly growing), turnarounds (changing direction, accelerating, or decelerating), steady state (growing at steady rates), and legacy technologies (in long-term decline).

Broadband Industry Statistics

Statistical profiles provide an overview of the market for broadband services, with topics covered in these profiles including number of service providers by type of technology used, capital investment, residential availability, number of connections by type of connection, household penetration by type of connection, residential market share by type of connection, traffic volume, and employment data.

Information resources available from this trade association include:

The Wireless Industry
Various sections provide summary information on the U.S. wireless communications industry and also include references to additional information for topics such as wireless usage by consumers, user demographics, types of technologies used by wireless service providers, mobile revenue by market segment, and mobile devices' role in e-commerce. All information is available free online.

Annual Survey
Annual CTIA survey provides a wide range of current and historical trend data for the industry, with data provided in the report including estimated subscriber connections, total service revenues, total minutes, messages, and megabytes, annual data traffic, monthly average service revenue per unit, and total units by type of device. Selected top-line results from the survey are available free online.

Wireless Industry Indices
Annual report provides a comprehensive analysis of the annual CTIA survey results over time and includes detailed benchmarks for industry performance and productivity, with topics addressed in the report including service revenues, subscriber usage (e.g., minutes of usage, messages, and megabytes), capital investment growth, prepaid subscribers, and subscriber-to-employee ratios.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Wired / Wireless Telecommunications Carriers  Search for "517" to see reports for specific types of operations

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

Wired / Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Compensation and Benefits Report

Annual salary survey provides compensation and benefits information for more than 80 job positions in independent community-based telecommunications companies, with survey results broken down by total number of access lines, annual company revenue, primary line of business, total number of full-time-equivalent employees, geographic region, and total number of years in current job position.

PayScale, Inc.

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, network engineer, software engineer, operations center technician, network technician, and field service technician, with employers for which data is provided including Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AT&T Mobility, CenturyLink, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Guide
Chapter 29 - Independent Local Telephone Companies
Hawkins, Paschall, Wolters Kluwer, annual

Comprehensive business valuation guide includes a number of chapters that address valuation issues and factors specific to certain industries, with Chapter 29 of this valuation guide providing an overview of the business environment in which independent local telephone companies operate and discussing pertinent issues and factors to be considered in performing business valuations for these companies.

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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