Drywall and Insulation Contractors

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

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Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 18,600 drywall and insulation contractors in the US perform drywall work, plaster work, and building insulation work for residential and nonresidential buildings. They may also install ceiling tiles, perform fireproofing work for buildings, and do framing or painting work. Work is performed for new building construction, renovations and additions to existing buildings, and maintenance and repair of existing installations.

Dependence on Construction Activity

Demand for drywall and insulation contractors is highly dependent on residential and nonresidential construction activity.

Reliance on Immigrant Workers

The construction industry in general and drywall and insulation contractors in particular, are highly dependent on immigrant workers to fill lower skilled positions.

Industry size & Structure

The average drywall and insulation contractor operates out of a single location and generates $2-3 million in annual revenue.

    • The drywall and insulation contractor industry in the US consists of about 18,600 companies that employ 249,000 workers and generate $45 billion in annual revenue.
    • The industry consists primarily of small companies - 61% of firms have less than five employees.
    • Small firms may specialize in residential or commercial construction, while larger firms typically target both markets.
    • Major US companies include KHS&S, Performance Contracting Group, Standard Drywall, Inc. and The Raymond Group.
                                Industry Forecast
                                Drywall and Insulation Contractors Industry Growth
                                Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                                Recent Developments

                                Nov 11, 2022 - US Home Sales Drop
                                • New single-family home sales decreased 10.9% month over month and declined 17.6% year over year in September 2022, according to the US Department of Commerce. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales were down 14.3% in the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. According to Freddie Mac, on November 3, 2022, the US weekly average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was 6.95%. A year ago, the rate was just over 3%. Industry watchers expect new home sales to remain weak as the Fed uses interest rate hikes to bring down inflation.
                                • US housing affordability fell to its lowest point since the Great Recession in the third quarter of 2022 amid rising mortgage rates, inflation, low housing inventory, and high home prices, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Only 42.2% of new and existing homes sold between July 2022 and the end of September were affordable for households with a median income of $90,000. The third quarter of 2022 marked the second consecutive quarterly record low for housing affordability in more than 10 years. According to the HOI, the median home price in Q3 2022 was $380,000, down from the all-time high of $390,000 set in Q2 2022.
                                • The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) increased 9.6% in October 2022 to 199.7 (2000=100), up from the revised September reading of 182.2. The DMI Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. On a monthly basis, the commercial planning component increased by 13%, and institutional rose by 2.9%. An increase in office and lodging projects boosted the commercial planning pipeline. The institutional sector was mixed amid a growing pipeline of recreation and education projects, but the number of healthcare and public planning projects declined. Developers and project owners continue to see healthy demand, despite recession concerns, although continued inflation, high interest rates and materials costs, and labor shortages have the potential to blunt the flow of new projects.
                                • Some real estate developers are holding off on new office projects as remote work has eroded demand for new office space, and rising interest rates make projects more expensive, according to The Wall Street Journal. Office occupancy is only about half of what it was before the pandemic, which has prompted some major real estate firms, including Varnado Realty Trust; Hines, Kilroy Realty Corp.; and Brookfield Asset Management, to tap the breaks on new office development projects. The national office vacancy rate is 12.5%, up from 9.6% in 2019, according to commercial real estate data firm CoStar Group. About 37% of the office space currently under development remains available, double what it was in 2019, according to CoStar.
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