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Propane & LP Gas Dealers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5984  |  NAICS 454310

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Fuel Dealers - Heating Oil, Propane, and Other Fuels  (view report)
Refined Petroleum Pipeline Transportation  (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 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.

Questex Media Group, LLC
LP Gas Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for retailers that market propane to end-use customers in the residential, commercial, agricultural, construction, industrial, and motor fuel sectors, with special reports including the annual "State of the Industry" report (December issue) and "Top 50 Retailers" rankings report (February issue). Digital editions of the magazine are available free online.

Cahaba Media Group, Inc.
BPN Magazine

Monthly trade publication provides news and information for the propane distributors, marketers, and suppliers, with topics covered in various issues of the publication including management, operations, marketing, legal, safety, technology, public policy, equipment, finance, strategy, and training. Current and prior issues can be viewed online with registration, with free subscription available upon request.

Propane Education & Research Council
Annual Retail Sales Report

Annual report provides retail propane sales data in millions of gallons by end-use market sector (e.g., residential, commercial, non-forklift industrial, agricultural, cylinder market, internal combustion) on a national, PADD region, census division, and state basis for the most recent calendar year along with comparisons to prior years for trending purposes. Most recent report can be downloaded free online.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy
Heating Oil and Propane Update / Winter Fuels Outlook

Seasonal weekly report provides price per gallon data for propane by market sector (e.g., residential, wholesale), PADD region (e.g., East Coast, Midwest, Gulf Coast, Rocky Mountain), and states within each region and the annual "Winter Fuels Outlook" report in the related information section forecasts propane consumption, prices, and expenditures on a regional level (e.g., Northeast, Midwest, South).

RBN Energy, LLC
Research reports available from this organization include:

Propane Billboard Weekly Market Update
Weekly update report highlights the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on the same day that the EIA's "Weekly Petroleum Status Report" is released, with information provided on a comparative basis for the current and prior year as well as in reference to the previous five-year range including inventory by PADD, production, exports, imports, product supplied, and days supply.

U.S. Propane Market Update & Outlook
Monthly outlook and update report provides a detailed analysis of the U.S. propane market, with data provided including supply (e.g., gas plant and refinery production, imports, net inter-PADD transfers), demand (e.g., product supplied, exports, stock change), and total inventories by PADD region for the past four months on a monthly basis and estimated for the next three months on a prospective basis.

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP
Propane Survey Results

Annual survey report provides detailed information on propane dealer operations, with areas covered in the report including products and services provided, customer characteristics, pricing and margins, staffing levels, personnel costs, operating expenses, propane tanks, vehicle fleet, and technology on a national and regional basis (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, West). Report is available free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers  Search for "454310" 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
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers  Search for "454310" 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
Fuel Dealers - Heating Oil, Propane, and Other Fuels
(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.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP
Propane Survey Results

Annual survey report provides detailed information on propane dealer operations, with data provided including hourly wage rates for operations manager, sales manager, service manager, H/AC service technician, office manager, accounting manager, accounting staff, dispatcher, and delivery driver on
a national and regional basis (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, West). Report is available free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Fuel Dealer

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, operations manager, customer service manager, dispatch manager, operations supervisor, office manager, service technician, fuel tanker driver, and delivery driver, with employers for which salary or hourly rate data is provided including AmeriGas Propane, Inc. and Ferrellgas, Inc.

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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 public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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