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Metal Service Centers and Distributors

SIC 5051 | NAICS 423510

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Metal Service Centers & Other Wholesalers  (view report)
Primary Metal Manufacturing  (view reports)

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

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.

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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Metal Service Centers  Search for "423510"

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

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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Business Valuation Resources

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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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