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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Iron Mining

Overview: the U.S. Iron Mining Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Iron Mining: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Iron Mining Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Iron Mining companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Iron Mining company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Iron Mining industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Iron Mining measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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General and Operations Managers1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 33%
Construction Trades Workers 12%
Construction Equipment Operators 6%
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 6%
Extraction Workers 20%
Mining Machine Operators 11%
Continuous Mining Machine Operators 7%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 21%
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 9%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9%
Industrial Machinery Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Workers 6%
Production Occupations 14%
Other Production Occupations 8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11%
Motor Vehicle Operators 6%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Iron Mining Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

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  • Sajjan Jindal to govt: Let PSUs take over production at seven iron ore mines in Odisha - Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Group, has urged the government to allow public sector companies to take over production at seven iron ore mines in Odisha that have defaulted on penalty payment levied by the Supreme Court for breaching ... (01/12/2018)
  • Let PSUs handles seven iron ore mines in Odisha – Mr Sajan Jindal - The Hindu Business Line quoted Mr Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Group has urged that government to allow public sector companies to take over production at seven iron ore mines in Odisha that have defaulted on penalty payment levied by ... (01/12/2018)
  • Howse Property Iron Mine Project - Public Comments Invited - OTTAWA, Jan. 11, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Howse Property Iron Mine Project, located in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Agency invites the public ... (01/11/2018)
  • Report: Dickinson mine dangers persist - IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Mine Inspector Steven Smith described 2017 as “a very frustrating year” trying to correct dangers at former mines. Smith, entering his sixth year in the elected position, was grateful his annual report included no ... (01/10/2018)
  • Australia forecasts 20% iron ore price decline in 2018 - AUSTRALIA forecast a 20% drop in the iron ore price to an average of $51.50/t in 2018 versus 2017, said Reuters citing a government projection which was out of kilter with other analysts who cover the sector. UBS and Citi have forecast iron ore prices to ... (01/09/2018)
  • Coal and iron ore dwarf battery metals in mining deals - Coal and iron ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017 with buyers favouring the stalwarts over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal and steel ... (01/09/2018)
  • Vale exports 18.8Mt of iron ore from S11D - BNamericas develops thousands of news articles, analyses and features every month, always concentrating on how to make or save money in Latin American business. This news article is one of hundreds published daily by Business News Americas about the ... (01/08/2018)
  • PolyMet is nearly clear to build controversial Iron Range mine - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a draft permit to mine Friday morning for PolyMet Mining, a major step forward for what's poised to be the first copper-nickel mine in the state — a $650 million project that could spur an entire new ... (01/05/2018)
  • India's top iron ore state Odisha to meet output target despite mine closures - Odisha suspended operations of seven mines after leaseholders failed to meet a deadline on Dec. 31, fixed by the Supreme Court, for paying penalties for illegally extracting ore between 2000 and 2011. India's top iron ore state is likely to produce 100 ... (01/02/2018)

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Manganiferous ores valued for iron content, mining and/or beneficiating, Agglomerates, iron ore, beneficiating, Iron ore (e.g., hematite, magnetite, siderite, taconite) mining and/or beneficiating, Brown ore mining and/or beneficiating, Iron ore beneficiating plants (e.g., agglomeration, sintering), Taconite ores mining and/or beneficiating, Siderite mining and/or beneficiating, Iron ore agglomerates mining and/or beneficiating, Iron ore mine site development for own account, Iron ore, blocked, Hematite mining and/or beneficiating, Taconite concentrates or agglomerates beneficiating, Limonite mining and/or beneficiating, Sintered iron ore produced at the mine, Briquets, iron, etc.

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