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Debt Collection Agencies in the US: Market Research Report

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Debt Collection Agencies Market Research Report | NAICS 56144 | Jun 2014

Paying off: Debtors had trouble paying out, but the economic recovery will return balance to the industry

IBISWorld’s Debt Collection Agencies market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$13bn
Annual Growth 09-14
1.3%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Profit
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Employment
142,772
Businesses
9,677
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

After a rising tide of debt swamped the economy, collectability rates fell, canceling out the spike in debt collection opportunities and hurting revenue. However, the economy is set to recover over the next five years, with improving debt recovery rates, declining unemployment and higher housing prices. As a result, debt collection agencies will experience renewed demand, resulting in modest revenue growth... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Contingent-fee servicing

Contingent-fee servicing is forecast to generate 52.0% of industry revenue and is the most widely used method for recovering income on nonperforming or delinquent debt accounts. Under the system, creditors write off loans or place them with collection agencies after accounts are deemed uncollectible. Then, collection agencies are paid a fee calculated as a percentage of the amount of debt recovered on these uncollectible accounts.

Receivables are generally valued on the creditor's balance sheet at a discount, with reserves established to hedge against the possibility of non-collection. The commission rate for contingent-fee services is generally based on the degree of collection difficulty... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Debt Collection Agencies Industry?

The Debt Collection Agencies industry includes businesses that pursue payments on debts that individuals and businesses owe. Most collection agencies operate as agents of creditors and collect debts for a fee or percentage of the total amount owed. Other agencies purchase debt portfolios from creditors at deep discounts and then pursue outstanding balances for their own gain.

Industry Products
Contingent-fee servicingFixed-fee servicing Portfolio acquisitionCollateral recovery and repossession servicesCredit rating services
 
Industry Activities
Account collection servicesBill collection servicesDebt collection servicesDelinquent account collection servicesTax collection services on a contract or fee basisCollection on debt portfoliosRepossession servicesCredit reporting services


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