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Gas Stations and Truck Stops

SIC 5541 | NAICS 447190

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Gas Stations  (view report)
Gas Stations with Convenience Stores  (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

Retail Fuels Report

Annual report provides an overview of the retail fuel market, with topics covered in the report including how fuel retailers operate, benefits of being branded or unbranded, branded retailer contractual terms, types of branded retailers, key factors that impact retail prices, seasonal effects that cause prices to go up in spring and summer, and impact of credit and debit cards on fuel prices and gross margins.

Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America
SIGMA Statistical Report

Annual member survey provides a profile of the retail motor fuel industry from an independent operator standpoint, with topics covered in the survey including number of retail outlets by operating mode and type of outlet (e.g., c-store, truckstop, service station, cardlock), motor fuel sales by type of fuel (e.g., gasoline, diesel, E85), and percentage of total nonfuel sales (e.g., tobacco products, soft drinks, food).

Fuel Market News
FMN Magazine

Online news source and quarterly print publication features a wide range of fuel related news coverage, with topics covered from a retail operations standpoint including fuel management, forecourt marketing, fuel suppliers, delivery and storage infrastructure (e.g., tanks, pumps, piping, dispensers), point of sale systems, fleetcards, cardlock operations, back office solutions, facility security, and disaster recovery.

National Association of Truck Stop Owners
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Industry News / NATSO News Weekly / Biz Brief
Industry news items section, NATSO News Weekly e-newsletter, and daily Biz Brief e-mail publication feature news and information on the latest trends, issues, and developments affecting the truck stop and travel plaza industry. Articles in the industry news section are available online, with the NATSO News Weekly e-newsletter and daily Biz Brief e-mail publication available to NATSO members only.

Stop Watch Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including retailing tips, convenience store operations, quick-serve restaurant strategies, motivating employees, technology updates, and member profiles. Selected articles are available online, with full issues available to members only.

Truckstop Business
Truckstop business section features articles from Stop Watch Magazine and other sources dealing with various aspects of truckstop and travel plaza business operations, with articles categorized by topic into five categories (e.g., marketing/retailing, operations, leadership/strategy, human relations, and technology). Selected articles are available online, with remainder available to members only.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Gas Stations / Truck Stops  Search for "4471"

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

Gas Stations
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income 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

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Gasoline Stations

Annual employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metro area basis for personnel employed by single-location or multi-location retail operations that primarily sell fuel for motor vehicles (e.g., gasoline, diesel fuel, E85, biodiesel) and may also offer other products and services such as food, beverages, car washes, and auto repair services.

PayScale, Inc.
Truck Stop or Travel Centers

Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as operations manager, service manager, diesel technician, shift supervisor, sales associate, and cashier, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Flying J Travel Plaza, LLC, Pilot Travel Centers, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, and TravelCenters of America.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
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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Convenience Stores
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