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Propane and LP Gas Dealers

SIC 5984 | NAICS 454310

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Fuel Dealers | Propane & Heating Oil Dealers  (view report)
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Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Questex Media Group, LLC
LP Gas Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news, information, and analysis for propane and LP gas dealers and distributors, with special features including the annual "State of the Industry" report (December issue) and the annual "Top 50 Propane Retailers" rankings report (February issue). Digital editions of current and prior issues of the magazine can be viewed online, with free print and digital subscriptions available upon request.

Fuel Oil & LP Gas Dealers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Butane-Propane News
BPN Magazine
Monthly trade journal features news and information for the propane industry, with topics covered in various issues including market outlook, management, marketing, supply and logistics, technology, transportation equipment, safety, and regulatory and legislative issues. Selected articles from current and archived issues of the magazine can be viewed free online, with free print edition subscription available to qualified parties.

Propane Education & Research Council
Information resources available from this organization include:

Propane Facts
Introductory section provides basic facts and information about propane, with topics covered including how it is produced, its chemical characteristics, and examples of common applications such as heating, cooking, drying, on-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, and backup power. All information can be viewed free online.

Propane Database and Forecasting Model
Developed by ICF International as part of the PERC Market Metrics Initiative, this Excel-based spreadsheet model allows users to estimate the impact of factors that drive consumption such as weather, fuel prices, economic activity, demographics, and alternative fuel sources, with end-use markets analyzed including the agricultural, commercial, residential, and transportation sectors. Model is available for download at no charge.

National Propane Gas Association / ICF International
Publications available from these organizations include:

Propane Supply Sources and Trends
ICF International research report examines propane supply sources and trends for the U.S. market, with topics covered in the report including current sources of supply, supply and demand outlook, and impact of changes in supply on carbon dioxide emissions, and also includes historical statistical trend data for supply and demand in both unit volume and as a percent of total. Report can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Propane Market Outlook
Biennial market research report analyzes the U.S. propane market outlook on both a near-term and longer-term basis, with topics addressed in the report including changes in supply, energy prices, alternative energy sources, energy policies, overview of key U.S. markets (e.g., residential, commercial, and internal combustion engine), and industry challenges and opportunities. Publication can be downloaded and viewed free online.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers / Bottled Gas Dealers  Search for "454310"

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.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Fuel Dealers  Search for "454310"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for companies in this retail sector. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by net sales and total assets size range. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Direct Selling Establishments
Annual occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this retail sector (which includes fuel dealers and other non-store direct selling establishments) on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, upper and lower quartiles, and upper and lower deciles. All information is available free online.

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