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Collection Agencies – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7322  |  NAICS 561440

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Debt Collection Agencies  (view report)
Repossession Services  (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.

Kaulkin Ginsberg Company
The Kaulkin Report

Annual publication provides an in-depth look at the accounts receivable management industry, which includes collection agencies, debt buyers, and repossession servicers, with topics covered including the size of industry, the various client markets served, and operational, technological, economic, and compliance-related trends. Complementary copy of the current year report is available upon request.

ACA International
Resources available from this trade association include:

Collector Magazine
Bimonthly journal features news and information for accounts receivable management professionals, with topics addressed in this publication including business operations, marketing, hiring and training personnel, technology, legal and regulatory compliance, risk management, government matters, and upcoming workshops, meetings, events, and conferences. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

Economic Impact Study
ACA-commissioned report prepared by Kaulkin Ginsberg Co. provides an analysis of the operations, characteristics, and economic impact of the accounts receivable management industry on a national and regional basis, with data provided by state including total debt collected, total debt returned, total employment, federal taxes paid, and state and local taxes paid. Full report can be viewed free online.

Advocacy Resource Center
Various topics covered in this resource section include defining the basics of the accounts receivable management profession, frequently asked questions about the debt collection industry, statistics and trends, security requirements for debt collectors, small businesses in the collection environment, and demographic profile of bill and account collection personnel. All resources can be viewed free online.

Starting And Managing A Collection Agency
Free startup guide takes users through the various aspects of starting and managing an agency, with topics addressed in the guide including estimating start-up capital needs, complying with federal laws governing collections, record keeping requirements, investing in technology, insurance requirements, bond requirements, obtaining legal assistance, and buying and valuing an existing collection agency.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Collection Agencies  Search for "561440" 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
Collection Agencies  Search for "561440" 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 ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Business Support Services - Bill and Account Collectors

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupations employed by firms that pursue delinquent debts owed by individuals and businesses on behalf of creditors and render their services for a fee or a percentage of the amount recovered or purchase debt portfolios from creditors at a discount and pursue the debts owed on their own behalf.

PayScale, Inc.
Debt Collection Agency

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, collections manager, compliance manager, collections specialist, collections agent, debt collector, data analyst, and paralegal, with employers for which salary or hourly rate data is provided including Alorica, Inc., Encore Capital Group, Inc., PRA Group, Inc., and GC Services LP.

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BV Guides and Databases

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ACA International
Starting And Managing A Collection Agency

Startup guide includes a discussion of factors to consider in buying and valuing an agency based on a multiple of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) such as quality of client base and concentration of clients, management depth and quality of workforce, predictability of cash flows and growth prospects, and status of equipment and technologies used in the business.

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