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Plumbing & Heating Supplies Distributors – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5074  |  NAICS 423720

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling  (view report)
Online Plumbing & Electrical Supply Sales  (view report)
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 report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

BNP Media | American Supply Association
Supply House Times

Monthly trade association magazine features news and information for plumbing, heating, and cooling products (PHCP) and pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF) distributors, with special features including the "Premier 150" (May issue) which ranks the top 150 PHCP/PVF distributors by annual sales and also includes data on number of branches and showrooms, number of employees, and sales product mix.

TMB Publishing
The Wholesaler

Monthly trade publication features news and information for plumbing, heating, and cooling products and pipe, valves, and fittings distributors, with special features including the July "Wholesaling 100" issue which ranks the top 100 wholesalers by revenue and also includes information on sales mix, sales volume by market, and top PHCP, HVACR, and PVF product lines for individual companies.

American Supply Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Monthly Pulse Report
Monthly report provides information on current month and year-to-date sales, inventory levels, days sales outstanding, full-time equivalent employees, gross margin percentage, and profit before taxes for PHCP and PVF distributors, with data broken down by primary business emphasis, annual sales volume, geographic region, and for state/metro area markets for which sufficient data is available.

ASA Advisor
Monthly economic forecast report designed specifically for the PHCP/PVF industry by ITR Economics provides an analysis of the macroeconomic outlook for the economy as a whole and also includes an analysis of ASA member national sales trends and residential and commercial construction trends by ASA affiliate geographic region (Northeast, North Central, Midwest, Southern, Pacific, and Southwest).

Freedonia Group
Plumbing Fittings & Fixtures

Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. market for plumbing fixtures and fittings, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by material (e.g., vitreous china, cast polymer, fiberglass, acrylic, and metal), product (e.g., bathtubs, showers, sinks, lavatories, toilet fixtures, and urinals), market (e.g., residential/commercial, new/replacement), and geographic region.

GIA Research
Plumbing Fittings and Fixtures

Comprehensive report analyzes the global market for plumbing fittings and fixtures, with information provided in the report including historical and forecast U.S. dollar sales volume by fittings and fixtures product segments (e.g., bath and shower, lavatory, kitchen and other sink, and other), and companies profiled including Kohler Co., American Standard Brands, Masco Corporation, and Moen Corporation.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Distributors  Search for "423720" 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
Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Distributors  Search for "423720" 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
Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

American Supply Association
Operating Performance Report

Annual operating performance report provides financial and operating performance measures for PVF and PHCP distributors, with financial data provided including income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios categorized by product emphasis group, sales volume, level of profitability, and number of branches. Webinar, sample pages, and presentation slides from the report are available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Supply Association
Employee Compensation Report

Biennial ASA employee compensation report provides detailed information on base salary, bonus and commission, and total compensation for personnel employed by PHCP and industrial PVF distributors, with comparative compensation data for the typical ASA distributor reported on a national basis and by ASA affiliate geographic region (Northeast, North Central, Midwest, Southern, Pacific, and Southwest).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (NAICS 4232/4233/4235/4236/4237/4239)

Annual survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by wholesale distributors of plumbing and heating equipment and supplies, with products covered the survey including plumbing fixtures (e.g., bathtubs, showers, sinks, disposals, toilets, bidets, and urinals), pipes, valves, and fittings, and water-based hydronic heating equipment (e.g., hot water boilers and radiators, hot water heaters).

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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 5074 - Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies
  NAICS Code 423720 Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Plumbing equipment wholesalers - establishments engaged in the wholesale distribution of equipment, such as pipes, fittings, valves, flanges, gaskets, unions, traps, filters, and strainers, used in plumbing systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
Plumbing fixture wholesalers - establishments engaged in distributing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, faucets, toilets, bathtubs, showers, and garbage disposals, to plumbing contractors, construction companies, hardware stores, and home improvement stores.
Water heater distributors - establishments primarily involved in the wholesale distribution of water heaters, including tank and tankless models powered by electricity, natural gas, or solar energy, for a wide range of residential, commercial, and industrial applications.
Hydronic heating equipment wholesalers - establishments focused on the distribution of hydronic heating equipment, such as boilers, pumps, radiators, and baseboard heaters, used in heating a space by circulating hot water or steam through a network of pipes.
Solar heating panels distributors - establishments specializing in the distribution of solar heating panels and related equipment that use solar energy to heat a liquid or air which is then circulated through a network of pipes to heat an interior space or water supply.
Gas fireplaces distributors - establishments that specialize in wholesaling gas fireplaces and accessories, such as gas logs, remote controls, venting kits, fireplace screens and doors, and blowers and fans, to retailers, homebuilders, and construction companies.
Water purification equipment wholesalers - establishments that distribute water filtration systems, water softeners, ultraviolet light disinfection systems, distillation systems, and chlorination dosing systems to retailers, water treatment facilities, and industrial users.
Spa equipment distributors - establishments specializing in the wholesale distribution of spa equipment and supplies, including hot tubs, saunas, spa jets, massage tables, and other accessories, to spa owners, hotels and resorts, health clubs, and fitness centers.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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