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Pallet Management Systems, Inc. – ICON Press Release
February 10, 2011

PALLET MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC.: FINANCIAL AND LABOR PRODUCTIVITY BENCHMARKS AVAILABLE

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – – ICON Group International Ltd., today released studies on labor productivity and financial benchmarks for Pallet Management Systems, Inc. (OTC: PALT).

What?

International Competitive Benchmarks and Financial Gap Analysis

How does Pallet Management Systems, Inc.’s balance sheet structure differ from global benchmarks? Does Pallet Management Systems, Inc. hold more cash and short-term assets, or does it concentrate its assets in physical plant and equipment? Does it have a higher percent of payables compared to the benchmarks? Does it hold a higher concentration of long-term debt? Does Pallet Management Systems, Inc. have a relatively higher cost of goods sold, operating costs, income taxes, or profit margins compared to global benchmarks?

Labor Productivity Benchmarks and International Gap Analysis

Are workers at Pallet Management Systems, Inc. productive? There is no absolute answer to this economic question. The second study considers how labor deployment and productivity indicators for Pallet Management Systems, Inc. differ from the global benchmarks. It looks at the amount of labor required to operate Pallet Management Systems, Inc. and the resulting return on human investment. What is the ratio of short-term and long-term assets to employee? What are comparative capital-labor ratios? What are the average sales and net profits per employee in Pallet Management Systems, Inc. compared to benchmarks in the same economic sector?

Reports for over 51 Lumber and Wood products Manufacturing Excluding Furniture companies are available now, including the following:

AB Westergyllen
Aica Kogyo Company, Ltd.
Alno AG
American Woodmark Corporation
Baltek Corporation
BLP Group Plc
Brambles Industries P.L.C.
Burndene Investments PLC
Crown Pacific Partners, L.P.
Georgia-Pacific Corp.
Griffon Corporation
Liberty Homes Inc.
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Masco Corporation
MDB A.G.
Modtech Holdings, Inc.
Nitto Boseki Co., Ltd.
Oakwood Homes Corporation
Pfleiderer AG
Pope & Talbot, Incorporated
Skyline Corporation
Slocan Forest Products Ltd.
Tableros de Fibras SA

Universal Forest Products Incorporated

Why?

The methodologist for this unique study is Philip Parker, Eli Lilly Chair Professor of Innovation, Business and Society at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France and Singapore). According to Professor Parker, “With the globalization of markets, greater foreign competition, and the reduction of barriers to entry, it becomes all the more important to benchmark a company’s financial indicators on a worldwide basis. World stock markets have recently witnessed a return to fundamental financial analysis. ” The goal of the reports is to assist consultants, financial managers, strategic planners, and corporate officers in gauging certain indicators of Pallet Management Systems, Inc.’s financial and human resource structure.

Professor Parker states, “We are intrigued by the wide variations in basic financial and productivity measures between Pallet Management Systems, Inc. and other Lumber and Wood products Manufacturing Excluding Furniture companies. The Earnings Before Interest And Taxes (EBIT), for example, varied from -7.49 to 26.27. We see this type of variation in the hundreds of ratios that we estimate.”

How?: Methodology

The report uses a proprietary methodology to generate international financial and human resource benchmarks and measure gaps that might be revealed from such an exercise. Using common-size statements, ICON Group International Ltd. prepares these vertical analyses by pooling statistics on tens of thousands of companies across over 40 countries and applying a seven-stage methodology. (1) identification of industry classifications, (2) firm-level data collection and aggregation, (3) standardization of raw statistics, (4) filtering outliers, (5) calculation of global norms, (6) projection of deviations and gaps, and (7) projection of ranks and percentiles.

Previously available only through booksellers such as Hoovers, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble, two studies are now available direct from the publisher at a 50% discount off the cover price. This special offer includes International Competitive Benchmarks and Financial Gap Analysis and Labor Productivity Benchmarks and International Gap Analysis at US$ $420 ($210 each). E-mail for more information.

FINANCIAL BENCHMARKS

Audience: designed for financial managers, directors, CFOs, strategic planners
Price: $210
Pages: 80 pp
Published:
Table of Contents
About the Author(s)
Methodology/Excerpt (free to view)
Order Via Fax
Order Online

LABOR BENCHMARKS

Audience: designed for productivity managers, HR directors, strategic planners
Price: $210
Pages: 69 pp
Published:
Table of Contents
About the Author(s)
Methodology/Excerpt (free to view)
Order Via Fax
Order Online

About ICON Group Ltd.

ICON Group Ltd. assists managers with global benchmarking, gap analysis, and productivity studies. Clients can create their own benchmarks by choosing their competitors from among over 20,000 companies.

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