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Propel Funeral Partners reports 9 months of 2020
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Propel Funeral Partners reports 9 months of 2020

Propel Funeral Partners, the Australian and New Zealand based operator of funeral homes and crematoria, reported last week that their revenue for the latest 9 month period had been AUS $ 85.0 million ($55.25 m in U.S. $) as compared to AUS $69.9 million (US$ 45.24 m) for the prior year.  That is a 22% jump in revenues for the company which owns and operates 129 locations that includes 31 cremation facilities and nine cemeteries. Nine month operating EBIDTA for […]

Investors seem wary of death care stocks
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Investors seem wary of death care stocks

We last brought our readers an update on the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) on April 6, 2020, which represented values as of the close of business on Friday, April 3.  As we tell national publications that call us about our DCI, it is not a scientific weighting of public companies in the death care business, but does give some semblance to what the investment community is thinking about the funeral, cemetery, crematory, and preneed services business community […]

Park Lawn Corporation 1Q 2020:  Revenues increase 47.5%
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Park Lawn Corporation 1Q 2020: Revenues increase 47.5%

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), the Toronto based funeral and cemetery operator, issued a press release, that you can read here, on its First Quarter 2020 operations earlier this week.  Highlights from that press release seem to be that the company increased its revenues from CAN $50.15 million ( US$35.6 million) in 2019 to CAN $73.98 million (US$ 52.5 million) in 1Q 2020 — that’s an impressive increase of 47.5%. The company also showed an impressive gross margin or Gross Profit […]

Mathews 2Q 2020:  Improved pricing for caskets and memorial products. . . but, lower unit sales
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Mathews 2Q 2020: Improved pricing for caskets and memorial products. . . but, lower unit sales

Last week Matthews International, a publicly traded company with a segment of its business in the death care realm reported 2nd Quarter 2020 results.  According to a press release you can read here, due to their international operations, the company believes their business units began experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 earlier in the quarter, initially in their Asian and European markets. As an entire company, Matthews reported a sales decline of 4.2% with sales in Q2 2020 of $374.8 million […]

Inside the numbers with SCI
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Inside the numbers with SCI

Last week we brought you an initial report on Service Corporation International’s report of their 1st Quarter 2020 results.  We also promised that we would go “inside the numbers” to see what other financial information we could find that may be of benefit to all of you who own or manage funeral homes. Today, we bring you a little more from inside the numbers and don’t bring you any surprises but the numbers put forth continue to show increased cremation, […]

From the investment community:  U.S. funeral costs, Australia funeral trends
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From the investment community: U.S. funeral costs, Australia funeral trends

To roll into the weekend we thought we would give you some food for thought in the funeral industry from almost 10,000 miles apart.  Our articles today come from the investment community in both the United States and Australia.  Both are good, well thought out articles that deal with the world of death care in their own countries. I’ve always been one to look at these type of articles which deal with the funeral business on a large scale and […]

SCI reports 1Q 2020. . . news on Carriage Services, Matthews
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SCI reports 1Q 2020. . . news on Carriage Services, Matthews

Yesterday funeral home and cemetery public company Service Corporation International (SCI) reported their financial results for the 1st Quarter of 2020.  The results were much anticipated because they are the first quarter where the “no large gatherings” rule had come into effect in funeral service.  To be candid, however, those rules only came into effect in the latter part of March and, therefore, represent only a small portion of the 2020 1st Quarter results. SCI reported positive results in this […]

Seeking Alpha:  Death care stocks to benefit from pent up demand
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Seeking Alpha: Death care stocks to benefit from pent up demand

Seeking Alpha published an opinion piece from writer Malvin Spooner on Saturday, April 18, which theorized that death care public companies Service Corporation International (SCI) and Carriage Services (CSV) will benefit from what Spooner characterized as “pent up demand”.  You can read the full article here. Spooner says that “the death care industry stocks have sold off with the rest of the market, and although revenues from services are being squeezed by social distancing, it is likely that funeral services […]

StoneMor:  “We’re solvent enough. . .”
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StoneMor: “We’re solvent enough. . .”

Most people in the death care profession know that StoneMor, Inc. has, for the last couple of years, been on what they term an “operational turnaround”.  The company, based just outside of Philadelphia, is said to be the second largest, next to Service Corporation International (SCI), death care company in North America.  The death care market is believed to be about $21 billion in annual revenues and StoneMor is believed to have about 1.5% of that market.  It is believed […]

Security National reports year end 2019
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Security National reports year end 2019

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC), the Utah public company that is partly rooted in the preneed funeral insurance and mortuary/cemetery business, recently reported its 2019 year end financial results.  You can read the company’s press release on the results here. The results do say, “For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, SNFC’s after-tax earnings from operations decreased 49.8% from $21.6 million in 2018 to $10.8 million in 2019, on a 1.2% increase in revenues to over $283 million. However, […]