Tag: acquisitions

Goings on in the independent funeral home world
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Goings on in the independent funeral home world

Sometimes I can get going about a subject and give you my opinion before you have even had a chance to read the article and form an opinion on your own.  Like everybody, my experiences that I have lived slant the opinions that I profess. And, while I grew up and operated as a 4th generation funeral director in a family firm that is now in its 147th year, I like to think that I am not favored to the […]

Propel Funeral Partners growing market share
Finance

Propel Funeral Partners growing market share

This article from Yahoo Finance indicates that Australian and New Zealand public funeral operating company Propel Funeral Partners is growing market share.  According to the article it is growing both from acquisitions and an annual death rate increase in both countries. Here is an excerpt from that article: “In Propel’s FY19 investor presentation, the company drew attention to notable industry figures. With death volumes in Australia expected to increase by a rate of 2.4% p.a. until 2026 and 2.1% thereafter […]

Service Corp purchases Louisiana based properties
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Service Corp purchases Louisiana based properties

At least one source has indicated in a news story that Houston based Service Corporation International (SCI) has purchased historical family funeral business properties in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report reported yesterday in this article that SCI has, at a minimum, purchased the property of the Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. According to the Rabenhorst web-site that you can access here, the funeral business has two locations – Rabenhorst Downtown and Rabenhorst East.  According to […]

Foundation Partners keeps rolling along
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Foundation Partners keeps rolling along

It seems that we are announcing acquisitions by the Foundation Partners Group in rapid succession.  Today we bring you the news that last week it was announced that Foundation Partners Group announced in this press release that they had purchased two funeral/cremation companies on the east, or Space Coast, side of Florida.  The two firms will add six locations to the Foundation Partners Group portfolio of properties. The press release announces the acquisition of Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care […]

Carriage Services acquisitions, hiring. . and other news
Finance

Carriage Services acquisitions, hiring. . and other news

Last week public funeral home operating company Carriage Services was really in the news.  They not only announced the acquisitions of the Fairfax Memorial Park and Funeral Home in the Washington, DC area, but they announced the purchase from StoneMor Partners of the funeral home/cemetery combination facility Oakmont Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Northern California They also announced the addition of a new President/COO to their corporate family as well. StoneMor Partner’s press release mentioned the price of the […]

Foundation Partners adds locations
Finance

Foundation Partners adds locations

In a press release issued last week Foundation Partners Group announced that it had purchased a group of funeral and cremation operations.  The group consists of three business, that were owned by one party,  known as Advent Funeral and Cremation Services with locations in Falls Church, Virginia, and Lanham, Maryland.  Also included in the purchase was Rapp Funeral Service in Sliver Spring, Maryland, and Chesapeake Crematory in Beltsville, Maryland. You can access the Foundation Partners press release here. According to […]

Visiting non-compete agreements
Business

Visiting non-compete agreements

It’s been a few years since I’ve actively managed our funeral home, but this recent article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune brought me back to one of the issues that I dealt with in the hiring of employees.  That was the issue of non-compete agreements or covenants not to compete. Non-competes have historically been used in business as the article says, “to protect the trade secrets and innovations of companies.  For agreeing not to compete with them, an employer would […]

StoneMor announces California combo sale
Finance

StoneMor announces California combo sale

We said almost two years ago that the best way for funeral home and cemetery operator StoneMor Partners L.P. to right their ship was to divest themselves of some properties and use the cash proceeds to pay down debt so that they can get to a position where they are operating in a financial positive manner. Yesterday they made an official announcement of what many of us expected to be coming.  StoneMor Partners L.P. announced the agreement to sell the […]

Acquisitions keep on rolling around the world
Finance

Acquisitions keep on rolling around the world

There are a lot of reasons that businesses, including funeral homes, change operational and ownership hands.  Sometimes a single proprietor gets a price that he just can’t turn down.  Sometimes a single proprietor just wants to retire and either has no family to go into the business or family that wants to pursue other goals and ambitions. Sometimes the transaction is spurred by the acquiring company that wants to get larger and has ideas where, through operational efficiencies and promotion,  […]

Foundation Partners adds another acquisition
Finance

Foundation Partners adds another acquisition

Acquisitions continue to be announced in the death care business.  It seems that there are a lot of businesses where the ownership is ready to transition out of the profession and there is an ever growing number of neighbor, regional, and national providers of funeral and cremation care that are intent on getting larger. In our opinion, not all acquisitions are good or beneficial to the continuing business.  We believe that acquisitions can be positive to the bottom line when […]