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SpeedPro Franchise Sales, Costs & Profits (2023)

Unlike other mass market printing franchises, SpeedPro is a large-format business-to-business printing franchise with interesting financials.

Indeed, in order to open a new SpeedPro franchise you would have to pay the initial investment of $288,000. Yet, one shop makes on average $878,000 in turnover per year. So is this a profitable business?

In this article we’re looking at SpeedPro and its latest Franchise Disclosure Document to find out how much it (really) costs, and how profitable it really is. Let’s dive in!

Key stats

Franchise fee$49,500
Royalty fee5.0%
Marketing fee2.0%
Investment (mid-point)$288,000
Average sales$878,000
Sales to investment ratio3.0x
Payback period3 years
Minimum net worth$250,000
Minimum liquid capital$80,000
Source: Franchise Disclosure Document 2023
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About SpeedPro

SpeedPro is a leading large-format printing franchise based in Colorado. 

The brand’s story began in 1992 when Blair Gran opened the first shop in Alberta, Canada, as SpeedPro Signs. 

He changed the company’s name to SpeedPro Imaging in 2001 to accommodate additional services after growing to 30 locations throughout Canada.

The brand started franchising in the US in 2003, offering a wide range of innovative marketing solutions, including event graphics, murals, vehicle wraps and window graphics, to mention a few.

Today, SpeedPro has established a global network of franchises with 167 stores worldwide, including 123 in the US.

SpeedPro franchise pros and cons

The Pros:

  • No mandatory print experience: Franchisees don’t need a print background to establish and run successful franchises.
  • Few employees: A SpeedPro franchise only needs two employees to operate, lowering the operational costs. 
  • Extensive initial training: Comprehensive training at the SpeedPro headquarters covers sales, employee recruitment and retention, financial management, software and hands-on equipment to help aspiring business owners operate successful franchises.
  • Ongoing support: Continuous support, including online learning materials, one-on-one business planning and coaching, webinars and annual conventions, helps franchisees avoid potential pitfalls in the print industry. 
  • Comprehensive startup package: Franchisees begin their ownership journey with site selection and lease negotiation support, proprietary software, initial inventory, equipment and furnishings.
  • Corporate support: Franchisees get helpful marketing and advertising support to attract and retain clients. 
  • Financial support: SpeedPro helps franchisees cover the startup costs, franchise fees, cost of equipment and inventory through its excellent relationships with third-party financial sources. 
  • Exclusive territory protection: Exclusive territory rights protect franchisees from competing against other SpeedPro franchises. 

The Cons:

  • Not a part-time investment opportunity: A SpeedPro franchise is a full-time investment.
  • Not a home-based investment/mobile unit: Franchises must operate from physical locations such as a retail facility, warehouse or office space. 
  • No absentee ownership: Franchisees must participate in the day-to-day operations from the physical locations. 

SpeedPro franchise costs

You would have to invest an average of $288,000 to open a SpeedPro franchised store.

The investment covers all the start-up costs you may need to open a SpeedPro franchise studio. You must pay the franchisor an initial franchise fee of $50,000. In addition to this franchise fee, the investment also covers:

  • Formulation costs: start-up fees, leasehold improvements, rent and security deposits, business permits and licenses, utility deposits, licensing fees, surety bonding, etc.
  • Furniture and fixtures, equipment
  • Operating costs: training travel expenses, business insurance premiums, professional fees, additional funds for 6 months, etc.

Startup costs

Here’s the full breakdown of startup costs:

Type of ExpenditureAmount
Initial franchise fee$49,500
Formulation costs$125,950 – $169,900
Furniture and fixtures$3,632 – $7,264
Initial Marketing fee$7,500
Operating costs$59,800 – $94,950
Total$246,382 – $329,114
Source: Franchise Disclosure Document 2023

SpeedPro franchise fees

The initial franchise fee for a SpeedPro franchise is $49,500

In addition to the initial franchise fee, you must pay to the franchisor a royalty fee of 5.0% of revenues, as well as a variable marketing fee of 2.0% of revenues.

SpeedPro franchise sales

On average, a SpeedPro franchise makes $878,000 in sales per year.

This is the weighted average annual sales of 100 franchised studios that were operating in all of 2022.

SpeedPro franchise profits

On average, a SpeedPro franchise makes $95,000 in profits per year. This corresponds to a 11% EBITDA margin.

We obtained this number using the information available in the Franchise Disclosure Document 2023. Fortunately, SpeedPro provides detailed information on the cost structure of its franchised-owned studios which we are summarising below.

Profit-and-lossAmount% sales
Gross Profit$565,56664.0%
Facility Lease$(53,026)6.0%
Advertising and Marketing$(23,011)3.0%
General and Administrative$(143,385)16.0%
Source: Franchise Disclosure Document 2023

Of course, EBITDA varies by store. Here’s the breakdown of EBITDA by quartile, from the lowest 25% to the most profitable 25% stores:

Is SpeedPro a good investment?

If we compare the initial investment cost of $288,000 (on average) to the expected profits of the business, we obtain what we call the payback period: the time it takes for an investment to pay itself with the profits.

Here, we estimate that SpeedPro has a 4 years payback. That’s excellent for a commercial printing franchise and in line with similar franchises (printing and promotional marketing franchises).

Therefore, we do consider SpeedPro to be an excellent franchise investment if you’re looking to get into the commercial printing franchise industry.

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