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Bowling Alleys & Centers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7933  |  NAICS 713950

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Bowling Centers  (view report)
Arcade, Food & Entertainment Complexes  (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.

BCM Magazine / issue-archive

Monthly periodical features news and information for bowling center operators, with topics covered in various issues of this magazine including management, marketing and promotion, human resources,  arcade games and vending, food service, beverage management, technical tips, accounting, finance, legislation, and taxes. Table of contents for each issue can be viewed free online in the issue archive.

The Hansell Group
Overview of the Bowling Industry / How & Why to Buy a Bowling Center  See download links near bottom of the page

Free guides published by a business brokerage firm provide an overview of the industry, with various topics covered in the guides including historical background, industry data, participant demographics, types of bowlers (e.g., league, open, special events), current developments in the industry, impact of current trends in society, business and investment characteristics, and financial lending environment.

The RMA Journal
Lending to Bowling Centers

Article from trade journal for lending and credit risk management professionals provides an overview of the industry from a lender's perspective, with topics including industry background, typical sources of revenue, operating expenses, key areas of focus for underwriters, business appraisals and going- concern value, dealing with workouts, and collateral recovery options. Article is available free online.

Bowling Participation Report / sample-report  Search store for "bowling" to see current and prior reports

Annual single sport report provides data on overall participation trends and frequency of participation by gender, age group, household income, geographic region, metropolitan area population, and level of education; percentage of population participating and number of participants by geographic region; and crossover participation in other sports/fitness activities. Sample report can be viewed free online.

National Sporting Goods Association
Sports Participation Single Sport Reports: Bowling

NSGA single sport reports provide detailed information on participation in over 50 sports/recreational activities, with data provided in each report including total participation and frequency of participation by gender, age group, household head education, household income, metropolitan area market size, U.S. census region, ethnicity/race, and lifecycle demographics. Sample report is available free online.

GIA Research
Bowling Centers

Comprehensive study analyzes the market for this service sector on a global and regional basis, with data provided for the U.S. and selected other countries including historical and forecast annual sales and sales growth rate and leading players profiled including Bowlero Corp., Bowl America, Inc., AMF Bowling Centers Inc., Hollywood Bowl Group, Ten Entertainment Group, and Red Rock Resorts, Inc.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Bowling Centers  Search for "713950" 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
Bowling Centers  Search for "713950" 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
Bowling Centers
(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.

Benchmarking & Operating Ratios Study

Annual benchmarking and operating ratios study allows users to compare their center's financial and operating performance with other similar types of operations, with information provided broken down based on the size of centers and revenue sources by category, including revenues from league play, open play, food services, alcoholic beverages, and games. Contact association for more information.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Bowling Center

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, operations manager, event coordinator, maintenance mechanic/pinsetter, food and beverage manager, short order cook, bartender, attendant, and server, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Bowlero Corporation and AMF Bowling Centers, Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupational categories in this sector which includes organizations which operate facilities where customers can play open and league bowling games, purchase food and beverages for on-premises consumption, and may also play other games such as video games, miniature golf, and bumper cars.

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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.

Frazier Capital
Valuing, Buying & Selling Bowling Alleys

Topics covered in individual chapters include a comprehensive overview of the industry, analyzing a company's financial statements and operations, different approaches used in valuing a business and which is most useful in determining the value of a company's operations, and taking into account real estate and equipment values in reaching a final conclusion. Table of contents is available free online.

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