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EBJ Vol XXIII No 09: Environmental Consulting & Engineering Market Review

EBJ's annual census of the U.S. environmental consulting & engineering industry reveals an almost 4% decline in market size in 2009. Private markets were hardest hit, lead by property developers and domestic manufacturing, but federal markets showed some growth as stimulus funded projects benefited a number of firms. In spite of declining markets, environmental consulting firms in general maintained their profitability much better than in previous cycles, mostly as a result of personnel management tactics. M&A activity has picked up in 2010 and EBJ lists some signature deals and the strategic rationale behind them, with a discussion of deal and valuation drivers from industry experts. EBJ also lists the top 50 U.S. environmental consulting & engineering firms and profiles some firms outpacing the market.

Table of Contents

01.C&E Market Overview: The U.S. environmental consulting & engineering industry declined 3.9% in 2009 to $25.7 billion in revenues, concludes EBJ after compiling data on more than 500 firms. The outlook for 2010 is for only 2% growth, but most firms have remained profitable throughout the 1-3

02.M&A Review: Merger and acquisition activity picks up in 2010 as larger buyers are armed with cash; Valuations remain near historic 4-7

03.Federal Market: Stimulus funding increases federal activity in several 7-10

04.Managing People and Costs: Firms balance maintaining profitability with keeping access to staff they don't always 11-13

05.Company Profiles: Sovereign Consulting, Terracon, GEI Consultants, Wright-Pierce and EMPSi all find ways to outperform the 13-21



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