Quarterly Survey Archive

You Spoke, We Listened - The Results are In  

Economic data indicates a slowing trend

Semper International's Third Quarter Insight Survey, shows economic fortunes have turned a bit. The data we see from
respondents today is significantly different than what we experienced last quarter, and for the most
part, reflects a fundamental slowing in the economy.

Here are some interesting insights from the survey results:

  • 70% of responding companies logged profits in this cycle, down one percentage point
  • 66% of companies say hiring is on hold
  • Growth expectations stabilized (lower), with 42% expecting sales growth in the next three months
  • Digital Print overtook Traditional Print as the industry's primary profit center


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You Spoke, We Listened - The Results are In  

Despite a rocky market, margins and recent sales rise.

Semper International's Second Quarter Insight Survey reveals two interesting trends. The good news: Corporate profitability, recent sales and hiring are all on the rise. The bad news: Companies expecting sales to grow this coming quarter dropped below the .500 mark. Good for baseball, bad for economics.

Here are some interesting insights from the survey results:

  • Profitability creeped up one percentage point, with 71% of reporting firms generating profits
  • Companies netting margins of 20% or more doubled to sit at 10% of all companies taking our survey
  • Hiring is again on the rise - 36% of respondents indicated they will invest in new talent - a 20% increase


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Economic Insights for the First Quarter 2016

Semper International's First Quarter Insight Survey continues to see a marked deterioration in positives. In fact, of the many data points we gathered, we only found one rising result. It appears our industry is not immune from this downward trend with profits reducing, lay-offs planned, and a slow start to sales in the New Year. Despite the pressures, a majority in the industry are forecasting an increase in sales for the First Quarter 2016, and capital investment and diversification efforts are still ongoing

Here are some interesting insights from the report:

  • Industry sales have slowed, with firms experiencing increased recent sales dropped from 42% to 28%
  • The cost of labor has increased, with a 100% rise in firms reporting base pay increases this quarter up to 45%
  • Net revenues declined significantly, with 60% of reporting companies indicating margins below 5%


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Economic Insights for the Fourth Quarter 2015

As this quarter ended, the survey results show marked concern on future business—businesses are husbanding capital as shown by a fourth consecutive quarter of reduced investment in diversification. Semper International’s respondents are very concerned about keeping the profitability gains they made clearly in sight. It seems companies are expecting at least a short-term contraction in business and are looking to conserve resources in preparation.

This fourth quarter report reveals interesting results:

  • Profitability roars back with 84 percent of firms positive in the third quarter
  • Margin holds strong with 50 percent of companies living in the sweet spot (5 to 10 percent margin)
  • Some troubling economic indicators surfaced: Sales forecast for the fourth quarter dropped below 50 percent, less companies are diversifying, & more companies are concerned about maintaining profitability

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The Winter Slowdown Extends into Summer

Semper International released its quarterly economic insight report today, the “Semper International Third Quarter 2015 Industry Insight,” which was created in partnership with Printing Impressions magazine.

While some economic data remains strong, this quarter’s report reveals tempered optimism, as the winter’s slowdown extended a bit through the summer months. The report also includes insights on where firms are looking to hire and diversify this quarter, as well as predictions on sales in the coming months.

This quarter’s data uncovers additional interesting trends:
• A 20% drop of firms reporting profits this quarter (from 87% to 71%), and continued concerns on new sales, with one in ten companies expecting a sales decline
• A return of the traditional profit cash cows, with traditional Print and Pre-press divisions delivering the most profits this quarter
• Despite a tight labor market, firms report a 22% drop in hiring rates in the third quarter
• Still, we found a 40% increase in the number of firms concerned over base pay rates this quarter, and 25% concerned about rising overtime costs - a signal that many are investing in their staff with an eye on a positive future.

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Get Ready for a Strong Second Quarter Amid Sustained Growth and Continued Positivity

Semper 2nd Quarter 2015 Survey ReportAs we move into the spring, we are excited that this second quarter insight report contains some great positive insights from our responding firms, with strong sales and profitability data across the board, plus predictions on the upcoming quarter and insights on cost controls and hiring concerns. It is clear the winter season was challenging, but after looking at the current trends we feel more positive than we have in years about the prospect of growth in the industry.

Here are some of the most promising data points you’ll find inside:
• 67% of responding firms recorded profits in the first quarter
• Despite the winter storms, we have witnessed four straight quarters of 80+% profitability
• Hiring is up, with a 38% jump in the number of firms looking for referrals this quarter
• Over the last two weeks alone, we have seen an increase in demand with 39% saying they have gotten busier

Overall, the industry looks to have weathered the winter well and most are sitting in a stronger position today than they were just three months ago.

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Printing on the Mend: Optimism Reigns in our Exclusive First Quarter Survey

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Great news – the printing industry is in the midst of record profit and sales growth! Are you ready to capitalize on this upswing?

Find out in our exclusive quarterly survey results. This short report includes 14 critical insights from Semper’s first quarter data. It also includes an Executive Summary written by Semper CEO, Dave Regan, who looks back on his 20+ years’ experience and provides actionable ideas for the coming months.

This quarter, it is our pleasure to welcome the Printing Impressions team as a partner in our survey efforts. We feel it’s important to bring you the best survey possible, and our combined strengths will even further enhance our gift to the printing community.

Here are some of the most exciting data in early 2015:

  • Nearly 60% of companies saw sales grow in the past quarter – the fifth straight quarter of such growth.
  • 85% of companies reported a profitable fourth quarter in 2014 – which adds up to nine straight months of profits for over 80% of our respondents.
  • One-third of companies saw increased sales in the first two weeks of 2015, and nearly two-thirds remain bullish on their economic prospects, expecting sales to grow in the next quarter.

Dave Regan
CEO Semper
always@semperllc.com

Click here to view and download the results of the First Quarter Industry Insight Survey.

 

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Our quarterly special report will give you: Fourteen critical insights on economic trends impacting hundreds of businesses just like yours - plus an Executive Summary section that will tell you how this data will impact staffing in the next several months based on our experience in the trenches for the past two decades.

Heading into the 4th Quarter: Stunning Improvements amid Some Market Unrest

Overall, the print industry looks pretty positive right now, highlighted by some more exciting numbers:

  • Companies reported a stunning 20-point increase in quarter/quarter revenue growth
  • Profitability is the strongest it’s been since the second quarter of 2006
  • Firms plan bumps in hiring, with a sharp decrease in respondents who plan to reduce their staff
  • Sales expectations remain high, hovering around 2/3 of companies anticipating sales growth in the upcoming quarter.

Dave Regan
CEO Semper
always@semperllc.com

Click here to view and download the results of the Fourth Quarter Industry Insight Survey.

 

Dave Regan
CEO Semper
always@semperllc.com

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Here is your exclusive copy of Semper International’s economic insight survey.
This special report will give you: Fourteen critical insights on economic trends impacting hundreds of businesses just like yours - plus an Executive Summary section that will tell you how this data will impact staffing in the next several months based on our experience in the trenches for the past two decades.
The good news: In nearly every category we measured this quarter we saw evidence everywhere of a true business surge – including the highest percentage of companies reporting profit in years! Other signs that we are at a new economic inflection point include:

  • 81% of companies that reported a profitable third quarter - a significant jump over last quarter.
  • Company revenue saw a near double-digit growth in the second quarter to 8%.
  • Over 2/3 of responding companies expect sales to grow in the upcoming quarter.
  • At the same time, the companies expecting a decrease in sales have fallen to the lowest level in the ten years we have been conducting our survey - to just 5%!

Dave Regan
CEO Semper
always@semperllc.com

Click here to view and download the results of the Third Quarter Industry Insight Survey.

 

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We scoured the data looking to shed light on whether we are looking at a turning of the economic tide. Reading all the responses from over 300 business owners, it looks like the industry at large expects to see several steady quarters of growth interrupted with mini slowdowns in demand, as buyers continue to feel a bit of economic PTSD. Hopefully, these fits and stalls will smooth out, and we will eventually find ourselves in a period of sustained demand.

Our brand new, in-depth report breaks down the data into 3 Key Themes:

  • Dollars and Cents
  • Competitive Threats and Company Responses
  • Staffing Trends

See the latest trends in what's really important: the bottom line.

Click the link below to view or download the Second Quarter Survey Results.

Dave Regan
CEO Semper
always@semperllc.com

Click here to view and download the results of the Second Quarter Industry Insight Survey.