Marcum LLP releases its first annual Marcum National Construction Survey. Overall, the survey reflects a positive outlook by respondents about the current and future state of the industry, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Influencing their optimism were the ability to secure financing for new projects and to find new sources for building materials, the respondents say. In addition, while job backlogs remain strong, they anticipate the need for diversified supply chains, new worksite safety protocols, and strategic planning to secure new contracts.
The survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2020 by Marcum’s national Construction Services group, a premier provider of accounting, tax, and advisory services to the construction industry. To account for the influence of the coronavirus crisis, responses were separated into pre- and post-March 15 periods.
SOME OF THE INSIGHTS
- 90% of respondents report their ability to receive project financing has increased or stayed the same as compared to last year
- 47% of respondents report banks required bonding on less than 20% of their jobs
- 82% of pre-pandemic respondents projected either the same or higher backlogs for 2020
- 67% of post-pandemic respondents projected either the same or higher backlogs
- Just over a third of respondents (36%) predicted they will increase expenditures in the next year
- 41% of pre-pandemic respondents chose “securing skilled labor” as the No. 1 threat to their businesses
- 29% of post-pandemic respondents chose “lack of work” as the No.1 threat
- 51% of respondents are increasing compensation to address the shortage of skilled labor
- 85% of respondents say they were applying for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to mitigate the impact of the virus on their businesses
- 56% of respondents say their top priority going forward is strategic planning
- 37% of respondents have realized tax savings in the past year, from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Joseph Natarelli, Marcum’s national construction industry leader, says, “The industry was well-positioned prior to the pandemic, even with a potential recession looming. Those going into COVID-19 with weaker balance sheets will be negatively impacted. We believe that as long as firms work with their internal teams and professional advisors to address labor safety issues and material sourcing, and have a pandemic plan in place, they will come out of this in good shape.”
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The 2020 Marcum National Construction Survey polled 400 construction companies and service providers in various sectors of the industry. Forty percent had more than 100 employees, and 50 percent had annual revenues in excess of $20 million. The survey is the newest addition to Marcum’s robust construction curriculum for construction contractors and industry observers. For more, visit www.marcumllp.com.
Modern Contractor Solutions, July 2020
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