The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and
statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.
Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
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:
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- 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
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.
Amusement Parks & Arcades
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a
five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:
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Family Entertainment Centers Report
- Industry overview
- Recent developments
- Critical issues and challenges
- Business trends and opportunities
- Executive insights
- Financial benchmarking data
- Five-year growth forecast
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industry Financial Ratios
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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.
Amusement Parks and Arcades
- 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
Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet
data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures
reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50
million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed 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.
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.
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.