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Metal Service Centers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5051  |  NAICS 423510

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Metal Service Centers & Other Wholesalers  (view report)
Primary Metal Manufacturing  (view reports)
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 industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Metal Center News
MCN Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for the metals distribution and service center industry, with special features including the annual outlook published in January, periodic updates on the outlook for specific end-use markets throughout the year, and the "MCN Top 50 Service Centers" report published each September. Selected articles from current and past issues are available online.

Pixmission, LLC
Modern Metals Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for metal distributors, fabricators, OEMs, and other end users, with editorial content in each issue including business news, distribution operations, processing technologies, and company profiles, and special features including the "Quarterly Market Report", quarterly "Regional Manufacturing Outlook", and annual "End User Markets Outlook" report.

Metals Service Center Institute
Publications available from this organization include:

Metals Tendencies Report
Monthly opinion survey of senior executives at MSCI member centers summarizes their expectations for business conditions over the next three months by product category for carbon and stainless steel and aluminum products in terms of expected industry shipments and plans for ordering more material from their suppliers, with market expectations reported separately for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Metals Activity Report
Monthly activity report provides detailed data on monthly shipments and inventory levels on a current month and year-to-date basis by product category for carbon steel (e.g., all products, bars, flat rolled, plate, pipe and tubing, and structural), stainless steel (all products), and aluminum (e.g., all products, extruded shapes, plate, rod and bar, sheet, coil, and pipe and tube) products in the U.S. and Canada.

Grand View Research
Steel Service Centers

Market research report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for this service sector on a global
and regional basis, with data provided for the U.S. including market size and forecasts by application (e.g., heavy industry, metal fabrication and machine shop, ground transportation, heating, ventilation,
and air conditioning, food processing and agriculture, consumer appliances, oil and gas, and others).

Copper & Brass Service Center Association
CBSA Flash Market Trend Report

Monthly report provides shipment data for copper and brass alloy products for the most recent month on a current month and year-to-date basis with comparisons to the same periods in the prior year for year-over-year trending purposes, and also includes a look at key business indicators (e.g., incoming orders, lead times, inventory levels, and daily shipment levels) for both service centers and suppliers.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Metal Service Centers  Search for "423510" 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
Metal Service Centers  Search for "423510" 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
Metal Service Centers
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

Metals Service Center Institute
Executive Chart Book

Online benchmarking service allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other participating firms on a quarterly and annual basis, with financial information provided including income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios broken out by annual sales, line of business, and percentage of tons processed. Video tutorial with screen shots is available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Metals Service Center Institute
Compensation resources available from this trade association include:

Sales, Administrative, Professional & Management Compensation Survey
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for management, sales, and administrative personnel, with survey results broken out by annual sales, number of full-time personnel, primary line of business, and geographic region. Survey also includes information on employee turnover, drug testing requirements, and employer-provided fringe benefits.

Production Employee Compensation Survey
Biennial salary survey provides base salary, short-term incentives, and total cash compensation data for salaried and hourly production employees, with survey data broken out by total annual sales, total number of full-time personnel, line of business (e.g., general line, flat rolled, stainless/nonferrous, bar, plate and shape, tubing, and aluminum), and plant location (e.g., U.S. region, state, and metro area).

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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 5051 - Metal Service Centers
  NAICS Code 423510 - Metal Service Centers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Primary metal products wholesalers - establishments primarily engaged in distributing a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in a variety of forms, such as bars, billets, ingots, sheets, plates, and coils, for use as inputs for further manufacturing processes.
Ferrous metal products wholesalers - establishments primarily engaged in distributing a variety of products made from iron or steel, such as steel beams, pipes, and tubes, for use in construction, manufacturing, and other industrial and commercial applications.
Non-ferrous metal products wholesalers - establishments that wholesale products made from non-ferrous metals, such as aluminum, copper, nickel, zinc, lead, and titanium, to various industries for use in electrical, automotive, aerospace, and other applications.
Metal ingots and billets distributors - establishments engaged in the distribution of ingots and billets, which are semi-finished products in large cast shapes and long bars or rolls made from steel, aluminum, copper, or other metals, to manufacturers and processors.
Metal coils and sheets distributors - establishments engaged in wholesale distribution of coils and sheets, which are flat-rolled products made from various metals such as steel, aluminum, and copper, for use in manufacturing processes and industrial applications.
Metal pipes and tubes distributors - establishments that distribute pipes and tubes made from various metals such as iron, steel, aluminum, copper, and brass to manufacturers, construction firms, water treatment and distribution utilities, and oil and gas companies.
Metal bars and rods distributors - establishments engaged in the distribution of bars and rods made from metals such as steel, brass, and nickel to manufacturers, construction companies, and fabricators for use in various industrial and construction applications.
Metal plates wholesalers - establishments specializing in the distribution of plates, which are flat, rectangular sheets of various thicknesses produced from metals such as steel, aluminum, and copper, for use in manufacturing, construction, and other applications.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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