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Amusement Arcades and Entertainment Centers

SIC 7993  |  NAICS 713120

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more. See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category: industry analysis, trends, statistics, and forecasts; financial statements and financial ratios; compensation and salary surveys; and business valuation resources. For guides to other industries, see our index of over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

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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 report and selected data including market size based on revenue, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Play Meter Magazine
Information resources available from this organization include:

Monthly trade magazine provides news and information for the coin-operated entertainment business, with special features including the annual "State of the Industry Report" published in the February issue of the magazine. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine can be downloaded and viewed online.

State of the Industry Report
Annual report provides five years of historical trend data for arcades, street locations, family entertainment centers, and bulk vending operators, with topics covered including general business characteristics and financial and operating statistics by specific type of equipment. Full report is available online.

Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine
Family Entertainment Centers Report
Archived articles included in this section cover a variety of topics, including FEC location spotlights, insights from FEC experts ("industry owls"), specific entertainment activities (e.g., bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, go-karts, and roller skating), and safety and security issues. All articles can be viewed free online.

FEC Network
Family Entertainment Centers
Various publications and other resources provide information on how to start a center, analyzing customer demographics, choosing a location, developing and financing a facility, purchase and leasing options, and more. All articles included in the "Amusement Articles" section of this site are accessible free online.

RePlay Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the coin-operated amusement machine industry, with editorial content focused on developments of interest to manufacturers, distributors, and operators of games and jukeboxes. Selected articles from the current issue of the magazine can be viewed free online.

IRS Cash Intensive Businesses Audit Technique Guide
Chapter 13 - Coin Operated Amusements
IRS audit guide contents include an overview of the coin-operated amusement industry and its business practices with primary focus on accounting and tax issues. Publication is available free online.

GIA Research
Coin-Operated Amusement Devices
Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the coin-operated amusement devices market, with topics covered including product overview; market analysis and trends; historical and forecast product shipments; and key participant profiles. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available online.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides 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.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Amusement Arcades  Search for "713120"
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:
Sample national and metropolitan area reports are available free online.

Arcade, Food & Entertainment Complexes
(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.

FEC Benchmark Study
Comprehensive study provides financial and operating benchmarks for family entertainment centers in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including operational characteristics, revenues by category, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses (e.g., payroll and benefits, advertising and marketing, facility repair and maintenance, insurance, utilities, and taxes). Study is available at no charge to IAAPA members.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Amusement Parks and Arcades
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by amusement parks and arcades on a national, state, and metro area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, upper/lower quartiles, and upper/lower deciles. All information is available free online.

Business Valuation Resources

Frazier Capital
The Valuation of Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Center Operations
Topics covered in this publication include an overview of the amusement industry, analyzing financial statements and operations, summary of business valuation approaches, and valuing the business, real estate, and equipment. Table of contents and selected excerpts from the book can be viewed free online.

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