Key Printing Industry Benchmarks Mixed

By Epicomm
In February 12, 2008

What did the second half of 2007 look like for NAPL Performance Indicators members? Preliminary results are mixed.

For example, value added rose to 63.0% of sales from 62.0% during the same period a year earlier. And gross margin rose to 25.5% from 24.7%, boosted by rigorous cost control. Spoilage and rework were cut to 1.17% of sales from 1.23%, while receivables were trimmed to 50.7 days. EBITDA, however, was down significantly from a year earlier, both as a percent of sales—to 7.7% from 8.8%—and as a percent of value added—to 11.9% from 20.6%.

It’s exactly what NAPL State of the Industry research has been telling us for well over a year: It’s getting tougher and tougher to get growth from the top line to the bottom line.

What are you seeing? We welcome your comments.

Andrew D. Paparozzi

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