Breaking ground: Integration across the construction sector will fuel industry's structural decline

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Construction services have become increasingly integrated, leaving fewer industry-focused companies
  • Well-funded home builders with easy access to credit pose a significant threat
  • Operators will face competition from integrated construction and other real estate investment companies
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    In the five years to 2016, Land Development industry revenue is expected to decline sharply. Although the construction sector has strongly recovered from the economic downturn, the industry has had a reduced role in the construction process, as industry operators focus narrowly on prebuilding activities such as subdivision. Because the construction sector has become increasingly integrated, fewer companies have been able to successfully focus on these activities, in effect reducing industry participation. Meanwhile, many larger construction companies have begun performing land development services themselves, siphoning revenue from the industry. Over the next five years, the industry's structural decline is anticipated to continue, although revenue will decrease at a slower rate.

    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Land Development industry has medium barriers to the entry. Start-up costs, in terms of capital expenditures related to the purchase of raw land are high. Moreover, investments in construction-related machinery and equipment are common. However, industry operators can cut these costs by using subcontracted work or by leasing heavy construction equipment on a piecemeal basis. In addition, land development projects are commonly financed through a combination of cash and credit. Therefore, the availability of credit and access to low interest rate loans are essential for industry operators.

    Successful industry players generally seek to acquire highly skilled staff to minimize the risks associated with land development. Man

    Additional Insights for the Land Development Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Land Development Industry are

  • Easy access to further appropriate land for development
  • Highly trained workforce
  • Capacity to objectively assess new investments
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Value of private nonresidential construction in the Land Development industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Land Development Industry?

    This industry services raw land (except cemeteries) and subdivides properties into lots for subsequent sale to builders. Land subdivision precedes building activity. Servicing of land may include excavation work for the installation of roads and utility lines, and operators may subcontract excavation and other activities to specialist contractors. Establishments that perform only the legal subdivision of land are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    100% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    90% to 99% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    80% to 89% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    70% to 79% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    60% to 69% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    50% to 59% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
    Developing and subdividing customer-owned land
    Industry Activities
    Subdividing property (except cemeteries) into lots for sale
    Developing property for sale (planning, amenities and power)
    Land acquisition, assembling and subdivision
    Land subdivision and utility installation (e.g. electric, water and sewer)

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Office rental vacancy
  • Yield on 10-year Treasury note

  • Current Performance
  • Industry fails to recover
  • Competition accelerates
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • High competition and stagnant industry profit
  • Table: Land Development Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Land Development Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Home Builders
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Heavy Infrastructure Construction
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Municipal Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction & Mining Equipment Wholesaling
  • Excavation Contractors
  • Landscape Design
  • Surveying & Mapping Services

  • Products & Services
  • 100% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • Developing and subdividing customer-owned land
  • 90% to 99% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • 70% to 79% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • 80% to 89% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • 60% to 69% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • 50% to 59% of services dedicated to developing operator-owned land
  • Chart: Land Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Single-family housing construction market
  • Commercial construction market, including retail and office
  • Nonbuilding and other markets
  • Public and institutional construction market
  • Multifamily housing construction market
  • Manufacturing and industrial construction market
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Land Development Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Land Development

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Land Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Land Development Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Land Development Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Housing Starts (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Nonresidential Building
  • A building primarily intended for uses other than long-term residence.
  • Predevelopment Work
  • Refers to activities associated with making a property shovel-ready, such as obtaining regulatory approvals and designing communities.
  • Residential Building
  • A building primarily intended for housing and consisting of one or more dwelling units, a house or other building in which people live.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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