The good news, if it is good news, is that the printing industry is at the bottom of the list, but it’s dodgy company to be in: the 10 types of private businesses that are most likely to file for bankruptcy in the coming months. The list was compiled by Sageworks, a research firm that specializes in the financial analysis of privately-held companies. It’s based on the average debt-to-equity ratio in each industry over the last 12 months. According to Sageworks, a high debt-to-equity ratio generally means that a company has been aggressive in using debt to finance growth. The table below indicates that for every $1 of company value in the printing industry, there is $3.02 in debt: The Sageworks industry trends blog also carries items about industries that are in better financial shape than the bankruptcy-prone 10. The five businesses it calls the healthiest are IT consulting and systems design firms; accounting and bookkeeping firms; offices of other health practitioners (chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.); electrical and electronics wholesalers; and technical and trade schools. Over the last 12 months, says Sageworks, they have all seen their top-line revenues increase between 8% and 11% and their net profits increase between 3% and over 30%. Hopefully, they’re spending some of that windfall on helping printers get off the bankruptcy watch list.