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Deloitte: Mid-Market Companies Report Impressive Performance Despite Headwinds

November 27, 2013, 07:52 AM
Filed Under: Economic Commentary

Mid-market companies show their resiliency in the face of continued uncertainty, according to the findings of a Deloitte-sponsored survey of 503 executives at mid-sized companies in the United States during September – October 2013. The fall 2013 Mid-market perspectives: Moving ahead report underscores mid-market companies' strengthening fundamentals and points to significant improvements across financial metrics.

Sales at mid-market companies are trending higher, with 58% reporting higher revenues over the past 12 months, up from 44% in the spring 2013 survey. Profits are also up, with more firms reporting higher earnings (44% vs. 35%) and gross profit margins (40% vs. 30%). Almost one-half (49%) of mid-market companies say they have realized productivity increases in the past 12 months, compared to 38% in the spring. Finally, these companies continue to beef up coffers, with 41% reporting higher cash balances compared to 34% in the spring.

"The economy continues to operate with great levels of uncertainty and yet mid-market companies in general are performing well and their executives have an increasingly positive outlook. This is a true testament of this segment's resilience," said Tom McGee, Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP and leader of Deloitte's mid-market practice, Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services and Deloitte's mergers & acquisitions services practice. "Our findings indicate that despite headwinds, mid-market companies are well poised to take advantage of a potential uptick in the economy."

Hiring on the Rise

As the performance of mid-market companies continues to improve — with a majority of executives (58%) anticipating revenue growth over the coming 12 months — staffing up for growth is one of the key priorities.

In fact, hiring in the mid-market defies the sluggish improvements in the general labor market, as mid-market companies record significant increases in full-time hiring: One-half of mid-market executives say their full-time workforce has grown over the last 12 months, compared to 34% who said so in the spring.

Moreover, looking ahead, 54% of mid-market executives expect their full-time workforce to grow in the next 12 months, compared to 38% in the spring.

Emerging Focus on Global Growth Opportunities

The U.S. continues to be far and away the largest contributor to growth for mid-market companies, as an overwhelming 89% of mid-market executives say the domestic market accounted for most of their business growth over the past 12 months. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, however, this number drops to 81%, demonstrating a renewed focus on global growth opportunities.

Additionally, a higher number of mid-market companies, 61% compared to 55% in the spring, say at least some of their revenues over the past year came from outside the U.S.

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