The BlueTarp Building Supply Index - 2016 Q4

February 20, 2017 BlueTarp Financial

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Unadjusted index data

 

Index data mapped out onto line graph

 

How to Interpret the Index

BlueTarp’s Building Supply Index is a quarterly measure of the economic health of the building supply industry. The Index is a weighted composite of proprietary BlueTarp spending and delinquency data as well as three macro-economic factors: building permits, construction spend, and consumer confidence.  BlueTarp’s spending and delinquency data offers a unique cross-section of the industry, representing trends from experience with 120,000 pro customers at over 2,000 suppliers across the United States including hardware stores, lumber yards, building material suppliers, flooring, and plumbing/HVAC. 

The index value of 100 is benchmarked to April 2013.  Values below 100 reflect recessionary or recovering performance.  Values above 100 reflect healthy economic activity. The Index shows both an unadjusted and 12-month trailing average view to incorporate seasonality. The best way to interpret the unadjusted view is to compare current quarter performance to the same quarter the previous year. The best way to read the trailing average view, is quarter to quarter in the same year.  A higher value vs. previous timeframe reflects further strengthening. A lower value would indicate weakening.

Macro-economic data points can be restated up to four months post release. 

Macro-Economic Drivers

Charts indicating 3 Macroeconomic trends: Cosumer Confidence, Construction Spend, Building Permits

Speed and Delinquency

 

How to Read This: 

The chart above reflects a trailing 12-month average of our proprietary spend and delinquency data from pro customers of BlueTarp’s 2,000+ suppliers across the US. Each data point reflects the average spend and delinquency of contractors for a given month. The best way to read is to compare data point to data point. 

 

Contractor Sentiment

Compared to 2015, how are your company's sales trending in 2016?

Compared to 2015, how are your company's sales trending in 2016?

Looking ahead, what is your view on the health of the US economy in 2017?

Looking ahead, what is your view on the health of hte US economy in 2017?

Highlights: 

  • Contractor sentiment in Q4 continues to be stronger than both Q2 and Q3. 42.1% more contractors had a favorable 2017 outlook compared to Q3. 
  • The contractor sentiment survey was administered after the President-elect was nominated, but before inauguration.

 

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About the Author

BlueTarp Financial

BlueTarp Financial delivers customized B2B credit management programs that grow and protect your business. We offer a unique combination of AR management tools, cash flow and risk protection, with optional collections and customer support. Our programs are designed to encourage sales, improve your customer experience and eliminate costs. Learn more at bluetarp.com.

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