The Romans Group has announced that its 2015 Profile of the Evolving North American Collision Repair Marketplace is now available. This is their 10th annual research report.
“It has been quite a ride to watch what has transpired during the past decade, not only within the collision repair industry, but throughout the entire auto physical damage ecosystem,” said Vince Romans, founding partner of The Romans Group. “The consolidation, convergence and the structural changes we are witnessing within businesses, industry segments and markets, as we know them today, are now significant market factors to consider as part of our future planning. The high velocity and breadth and depth of change, coupled with the seemingly relentless introduction of innovative and disruptive products, services and business models, has required us to maintain an intense vigilance, to stay constantly informed and to learn and understand as we consider, adopt, avoid or leverage these transformative or disintermediating forces in order to remain relevant and competitive.”
U.S. Collision Repair Industry
As the basis for The Romans Group’s research, they track and analyze four U.S. segments:
- Four top independent consolidators
- $20 million-plus multiple-location independent and dealer operators (MLOs)
- Franchise and banner groups
- $10 to $19 million MLOs (tracked since 2012)
Since 2006, the total revenue within these four segments has grown from $3.8 billion to $10.2 billion in market share, an 11.6 percent compounded annual growth rate. Within this category, the four independent consolidators represent 70 percent of the revenue processed in 2015. The four consolidators by themselves represent 11.3 percent of the total industry size for 2015.
“We estimate that by 2020, they could almost double their market share and represent just over 20 percent of industry market size,” said Romans. “When combined, the four segments we track and analyze could represent almost 45 percent of the collision repair industry by 2020.”
The top 10 MLOs and networks for 2015 per The Romans Group’s profile are:
Canadian Collision Repair Market
The Canadian market continues to consolidate, with the franchise and banner segment now representing a 52 percent share of the CAD $2.9 billion private insurance auto market. When including the $10 million-plus MLOs in Canada, the combined larger segment has 71.8 percent of all the private passenger insurer and consumer-paid market.
Although the U.S. has seen an increase in consolidation within the MLO segments, Canada remains significantly more consolidated in the revenue generated by the combined franchise and banner and $10 million-plus MLOs. In Canada, this combined segment group represents a 71.8 percent market share versus the combined 29.8 percent share for the same U.S. segments. The combined 2015 revenue for the U.S. and Canada $20 million-plus MLO and franchise networks was $11.8 billion versus $10.8 billion in 2014. This represents 32.2 percent of total industry revenue for the U.S. and Canada. Within the U.S. market, the $20 million-plus independent and dealer MLO segment is the largest, while the franchise and banner network MLOs remain the dominant business model in Canada.
Both countries saw a continued downtrend for the number of collision repair facilities, although this downturn has slowed in recent years. According to The Romans Group, in 2006, there were approximately 45,000 U.S. collision repairers averaging $666,000 in revenue annually versus about 32,900 locations in 2015 averaging $1,036,474 in annual revenue. Canada’s repair location population has seen a reduction of more than 50 percent since 2012, with 4,900 locations averaging about $427,959 in 2015.
When comparing the market size and share for the property and casualty insurance and auto repair segments for the U.S. and Canada, there continues to be two very different and divergent markets. According to The Romans Group, the U.S. collision repair market size is 15 times the size of the Canadian market. Canada’s top 10 private insurers have a 78.7 percent premium market share, up from their 77.1 percent share in 2014, as compared to the U.S. insurers’ share of 71.1 percent.
Both countries saw a continued downtrend in the number of collision repair facilities, although the decline has slowed somewhat since 2010. Although the U.S. has seen an increase in its consolidation within the MLO segments, Canada remains significantly more consolidated in the revenue generated by MLOs at 71.8 percent share versus 29.8 percent for the U.S. market. This represents increases versus 2014 of 1.9 and 3.3 percent for the U.S. and Canada, respectively. The combined $10 million-plus MLO, franchise and banner revenue of $11.8 billion is now just under one-third of the combined total market revenue. The combined market size of $36.4 billion is an increase of 3.9 percent versus 2014.
The 2015 Profile of the Evolving North American Collision Repair Marketplace is the result of The Romans Group’s ongoing propriety research, analysis and collaboration with specific market experts and leadership throughout various auto physical damage segments. It presents the complete results of their work for 2015 in over 40 charts and graphs in 47 pages and includes historical trends and a future view. The report can be purchased by contacting The Romans Group LLC at (847) 382-6208 or emailing Mary Jane Kurowski at [email protected].