Tag: Matthews International


Matthews Memorialization segment shows revenue gains in 3Q 2020

Matthews International, which operates on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 each year, released earnings reports last week.  The company has three operating segments and the one that is of interest to those of us in the death care profession is what Matthews refers to as its “Memorialization Segment”. Matthews Memorialization Segment consists of four divisions which you can learn more about here. Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions – Caskets, urns, remembrance jewelry Matthews Cemetery Products – Granite memorials […]


Heading into the weekend. . . . .

As we wrap up the week we bring you information on the historical topic of mummification – or as mentioned from an article of Live Science –  that refers to it as the “Lost art of embalming the dead” all the way into the present day with an article from Quartz entitled “COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of cremation over burial”. We also bring you information from the NFDA on how you can receive a certificate as a Certified Cremation […]


Matthews announces investment sale

On Tuesday global death care company Matthews International announced a sale, that was effective on June 26, of a non-controlling ownership interest in a pet cremation services business.  According to this release from Matthews, the company sold its interest for a total of $57.2 million. That $57.2 million was to be paid to Matthews International with $42.2 million in cash and another $15.0 million in preferred stock of the company, which was not named.  Again, according to the release, Matthews […]


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 […]


Matthews reports year end. . .Memorialization sales increase

Matthews International reported their 4th Quarter and 2019 fiscal Year Sales last week.  The Pittsburgh based public company includes in its portfolio, as one of three business segments, a Memorialization unit that includes Matthews Cremation, Aurora Casket, and Star Granite which are of interest to the death care industry. You can access the Matthews International 4Q and Fiscal 2019 report here. For the 2019 year Matthews International reported sales of $1.54 billion as compared to 2018 total sales of $1.60 […]


Death Care investments have been good in 2019

Funeral Director Daily tracks its proprietary Death Care Index or DCI periodically.  The DCI is a group of eight publicly traded company stocks that each have some skin in the death care industry or profession.  They range from companies involved in death care services to companies who manufacture things like crematories, to companies involved in the sale of preneed funeral insurance. The eight companies that compose the DCI include Service Corporation International (SCI), Carriage Services, Park Lawn Corporation, Hillenbrand Industries, […]


Sales, profits drop at Matthews International

Last week Matthews International, a multi-faceted United States public company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reported 3rd Quarter results for their fiscal year which will end on September 30.  The 3rd Quarter results are for the period ended June 30 and you can read the Matthews press release about the financial report for the 3rd Quarter here. Of interest to those of us in the death care industry is that Matthews is the parent company of Matthews Cremation, Star Granite and […]


From the business world. . . . .

As we continue to move into the reports from Wall Street on how public companies have been doing for the first six months of 2019 we have a couple of items that we noticed in today’s news that we will present to you: Dignity PLC halts dividend:  The British funeral home conglomerate announced on Wednesday that they will be suspending payment of their dividend to stockholders.  You can read a story about it here.  As you know, about a year […]


Casket companies report sales . . .the slide continues

Earlier in May both of America’s leading casket companies reported their 2019 fiscal year 2nd quarter financials.  Those companies, Hillenbrand, which is the parent company of Batesville Casket Company, and Matthews International, which is the parent company of Aurora Casket Company, reported declining sales of caskets.  You can see Hillenbrand’s 2Q report here and you can see Matthews International’s 2Q report here. Here are some of the things that were reported on Hillenbrand: Hillenbrand had revenue of $465 million for […]


Matthews reports 1st Qtr 2019. . . . Memorialization segment increases sales

On January 31 Matthews International, parent company of Matthews Cremation and Aurora Casket, reported its first quarter of fiscal year 2019 which covers the period of October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  You can read the press release from Matthews here. As a company the consolidated sales totaled $374.2 million as compared to $369.5 million for the same period one year ago.  Cash flow from operations was reported as higher than one year ago.  The Memorialization segment of the […]