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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers

Overview of the U.S. Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers 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 Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers: 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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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
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[PREMIUM]

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

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

New And Rebuilt Automotive And Trailer Parts And Supplies

Other Automotive Parts And Supplies

Plywood, Panels, And Millwork, Including Doors, Windows, And Wood Fence

Gypsum Board, Green Or Water Board, And Other Specialty Boards

Concrete, Cement, Sand, Gravel, Stone, Brick, And Block

Other Construction Products And Materials

Semi-Finished Iron And Steel Products

Sheet Bars And Tin Plate Bars

Wire Rods

Rough Castings And Foundry Products

Forgings And Stampings

Other Semi-Finished Iron And Steel Products

Flat Iron And Steel Products

Iron And Steel Plates

Hot-Rolled And Cold-Rolled Iron And Steel Strips

Cold-Rolled Iron And Steel Sheets

Hot-Rolled Iron And Steel Sheets

Galvanized And Coated Iron And Steel Sheets

Tin Plate And Terneplate

Fabricated And Structural Iron And Steel Plate Products

Other Flat Iron And Steel Products

Iron And Steel Wire And Wire Products

Wire, Including Plain, Coated, Barbed, And Twisted


Wire Rope, Strand, Strapping, Reinforcement Mesh, And Bale Ties

Iron And Steel Pipes And Tubing

Iron And Steel Tubing

Standard Steel Pipes

Other Steel Pipes

Other Iron And Steel Products

Hot-Rolled Iron And Steel Bars And Bar-Size Shapes, Excluding Reinforcement Bars

Cold-Finished Iron And Steel Bars And Bar-Size Shapes

Concrete Reinforcement Bars

Structural Shapes, Excluding Bar-Size Shapes

Other Structural Metal Products

Storage Tanks, Steel

Alloy Steel

Hot-Rolled Or Cold-Finished Alloy Steel Bars

Alloy Steel Pipes, Tubing, And Plates

Other Alloy Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Plates

Stainless Steel Strips

Stainless Steel Sheets

Stainless Steel Bars And Bar-Size Shapes

Other Stainless Steel, Including Tubing

Copper And Brass

Structural Copper Wire Mill Products

Copper And Brass Flat Products, Including Sheets, Strips, And Plates

Copper And Brass Tubular Products, Excluding Copper Plumbing Products

Copper And Brass Rods, Nonelectrical Wire, And Extruded Shapes

Copper Plumbing Pipes And Tubing

Aluminum Shapes And Forms, Including Pipes And Tubing

Aluminum Plates - .250 Inches And Over

Aluminum Sheets And Coils - .006 To .249 Inches

Rolled Or Extruded Aluminum Rods, Bars, And Wires, Including Rounds, Hexes, Squares, And Rectangles

Aluminum Pipes And Tubing, Including Hollow Bar, Square, And Rectangular Tubing

Other Nonferrous Metals, Including Magnesium, Nickel, Tin, Lead, And Zinc, Excluding Gemstones

Primary, Secondary, And Alloyed Nonferrous Metals In Primary And Mill Shapes

Other Nonferrous Metals, Excluding Primary, Secondary, And Alloyed Nonferrous Metals In Primary And Mill Shapes

Coal And Coke



Minerals And Ores, Excluding Coal, Gemstones, And Crude Oil

Nonmetallic Minerals, Except Crude Petroleum And Minerals Used In Construction

Other Minerals And Ores, Excluding Coal, Gemstones, And Crude Oil


Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, And Other Fasteners, Excluding Nails

Hand Tools, Power

Hand Tools, Excluding Power Tools

Plumbing And Hydronic Heating Equipment And Supplies, Including Gas Plumbing Appliances And Water Heaters

Metal Pipe Fittings And Valves, Excluding Pipes And Tubing

General-Purpose Industrial Machinery, Equipment, And Parts

Oil Well, Oil Field, Oil Refinery, And Pipeline Machinery, Equipment, And Supplies

Parts And Supplies For Oil Well, Oil Field, And Pipeline Machinery And Equipment

Industrial Valves And Fittings, Excluding Hydraulic Valves And Fittings

Abrasives, Strapping, Tape, Ink, And Mechanical Rubber Goods

Recyclable Ferrous Metal Scrap

Recyclable Nonferrous Metal Scrap

Recyclable Aluminum Scrap

Recyclable Copper And Copper Alloy Scrap

Plastics Materials And Basic Shapes

Plastic Pipes, Rods, Tubes, And Shapes, Excluding Plumbing

High Pressure Laminates

Chemicals And Allied Products, Excluding Agricultural Chemicals, Plastics, Industrial And Natural Gases, Liquefied Petroleum (Lp

Service Receipts And Labor Charges, Including Installed Parts

Labor Charges For Repair Work

Other Service Receipts And Labor Charges

Miscellaneous Commodities

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 of Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers by state

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 Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers 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 Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers 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 Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers 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 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers4%
Sales and Related Occupations 20%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 18%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 18%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 16%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 7%
Production Occupations 19%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers 12%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 25%
Motor Vehicle Operators 7%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 7%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 6%
Material Moving Workers 16%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 11%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 10%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Advanced Thermal Solutions patents Cold Plate Heat Exchanger - 01/04/2018
  • Triple-S Steel Holdingsinc. trademarks "ARBOR METALS" - Stainless steel; stainless steel products; ferrous alloys; non-ferrous alloys; processing stainless steel, ferrous alloys, and non-ferrous alloys; manufacturing stainless steel, ferrous alloys, and non-ferrous alloys - 11/06/2017
  • T.C. International trademarks "UNICATCH" - Nails - 10/13/2017
  • Uncas International trademarks "KALINA MOON" - Candles, Votives - 10/06/2017
  • Castle A M raises $115 million in funding. - 09/14/2017
  • National Bronze & Metals patents Lead-free Brass Alloy - 05/25/2017
  • Eastern Metal Supply patents Articulating Marine Antenna Mount With Self-locking Worm Drive - 09/15/2016
  • Empire Resources raises $12 million in funding. - 01/30/2012

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Allied Mineral Products78
    Blue-White Industries34
    Mortar Net Usa26
    Castle A M

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Despite Apapa gridlock, manufacturers’ purchasing level expands - nonmetallic mineral products; printing & related support activities; appliances and components; chemical & pharmaceutical products; fabricated metal products; primary metal and electrical equipment. At 63.2 points, the production level index for the ... (01/10/2018)
    • Morning View - Zinc advances to decade highs on waning global stockpiles - Positive sentiment continues toward London Metal ... the mineral inventory in the area and potentially expand the life of mine and improve economics of the Kun Manie project. *SP Angel act as Nomad and Broker to Amur Minerals Bluebird Merchant Ventures ... (01/09/2018)
    • CMC segment sees six-year quarterly high in Q1 of fiscal 2018 - CMC sold its Cometals division to the Traxys Group, a Luxembourg-based physical commodity trader and merchant in the metals and natural resources sectors. The business markets, distributes and processes metal, ores, concentrates, industrial minerals ... (01/08/2018)
    • Binswanger Named Exclusive Agent for the Sale/Lease of 292,655 Sq. Ft. Industrial Property in Vicksburg, Mississippi - nonmetallic mineral product, primary metal, fabricated metal, agriculture/construction/mining machinery, industrial machinery, commercial/service industry machinery, ventilation/heating/air conditioning/commercial refrigeration equipment, metalworking ... (01/04/2018)
    • Nigeria’s economic expansion persist rapidly in December — CBN - non-metallic mineral products; printing and related support activities; appliances and components; chemical & pharmaceutical products; fabricated metal products; primary metal and electrical equipment sector. The computer & electronic product sector ... (01/04/2018)
    • U.S. Wholesale Inventories Drop More Than Expected In October - On the other hand, the report said inventories of durable goods ticked up by 0.1 percent, reflecting a sharp jump in metal inventories ... the inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers dipped to 1.25 in October from 1.26 in September. (12/08/2017)
    • Groceries sales, fruit exports lift New Zealand's wholesale trade: statistics - Basic materials saw the second-largest rise of any industry, up 3.4 percent, Chapman said, adding that basic materials include other agricultural products, hardware goods, timber, and metal, mineral, and chemical wholesaling. Wholesale sales values for ... (12/07/2017)
    • Business targets identified for city’s new industrial site - other fabricated metal and non-metallic mineral product manufacturing. • Wholesale trade: beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers; machinery, equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers; motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and ... (10/10/2017)
    • 5 Slow-Growing Small Business Industries - including metal and mineral merchant wholesalers, an industry where sales fell by 1.4 percent in the 12 months ended Aug. 31 and the one that fared the worst in its list. Metalworking machinery manufacturing is another industry that you should avoid ... (09/08/2014)
    • The 12 Slowest Growing Industries In America - Leaders include wholesalers sensitive to commodity prices, including metal and mineral wholesalers, which have grown 28%. Only 11 groups, including building equipment contractors and home builders, continue to fall. Many are growing at a painfully slow low ... (10/04/2011)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $35,311,403 on Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers. It has awarded 341 contracts to 114 companies, with an average value of $309,749 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Flat Iron And Steel Products
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Metal & Mineral Merchant WholesalersOpportunity/Threat
    Metal Service Centers & Metal Merchant Wholesalers Competing industry

    Since sales from Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Flat Iron And Steel Products, companies in the Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Flat Iron And Steel Products Product Sales Report

    Aluminum Shapes And Forms
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Metal & Mineral Merchant WholesalersOpportunity/Threat
    Metal Service Centers & Metal Merchant Wholesalers Competing industry

    Since sales from Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Aluminum Shapes And Forms, companies in the Metal & Mineral Merchant Wholesalers industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Aluminum Shapes And Forms Product Sales Report

    Iron And Steel Pipes And Tubing
    Iron And Steel Pipes And Tubing Product Sales Report

    Copper And Brass
    Copper And Brass Product Sales Report

    Alloy Steel
    Alloy Steel Product Sales Report

    Minerals And Ores
    Minerals And Ores Product Sales Report

    Iron And Steel Wire And Wire Products
    Iron And Steel Wire And Wire Products Product Sales Report

    Chemicals And Allied Products
    Chemicals And Allied Products Product Sales Report

    Nails Product Sales Report

    Miscellaneous Commodities
    Miscellaneous Commodities Product Sales Report

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