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Investors still reluctant with death care stocks
Finance

Investors still reluctant with death care stocks

I happened to see that at the close of the markets Friday that funeral home and cemetery operator and consolidator Park Lawn Corporation’s stock closed down over 9% from the previous day.  I looked for news on the company but could not find anything in the public world that would cause a precipitous drop in valuation like that. What it did cause me to do was take a look at all the other death care stocks that comprise the Funeral […]

Investors seem wary of death care stocks
Finance

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 […]

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

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 […]

Our colleagues and friends aiding the effort
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Our colleagues and friends aiding the effort

One of the great things in being part of the funeral, cremation, cemetery, and its supply business is that, as you work in it over time, you realize that it is a pretty small professional world and you get to know lots of people and lots of companies in the realm.  Also, you realize that whatever “it” is, we always seem to be in “it” together. Finally, you realize that one of the commonalities in the business is the propensity […]

Matthews reports year end. . .Memorialization sales increase
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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 […]

Matthews reports 1st Qtr 2019. . . . Memorialization segment increases sales
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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 […]

Matthews — Revenues, Dividend, Stock Price — All up!!
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Matthews — Revenues, Dividend, Stock Price — All up!!

Matthews International, the Pittsburgh based consolidated company with a division in the death care industry that deals with memorials, cremation equipment, caskets, and more, had an interesting Friday after releasing their 4th quarter and year end earnings on Thursday.  You can see a press release of their results here. For the year the company reported record sales of over $1.6 billion, which is an $87 million (5.7%) increase over the previous year.  Matthews accounts on a fiscal year beginning on […]

The American Casket Market
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The American Casket Market

I’ve been able to receive a private report from November 2017 on the State of the American Casket Market.  It is an extensive report that goes into who are the players in the industry, what is the market like, who has what percentage of market share, what is the profitability of the industry, and attempts to give a look into the future of where the industry is going. I found the report, and I’ll share parts of it with readers […]

Matthews Memorialization Flat in 1Q 2017
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Matthews Memorialization Flat in 1Q 2017

Matthews International announced revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 (3 months ended  December 31, 2016).   You can read the earnings release here and the Seeking Alpha earnings call transcript here.  Funeral Director Daily will focus on the performance of the company’s memorialization segment which produces headstones, caskets and urns. Memorialization sales declined by 1.3% to $146 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2017 as a decline in casket sales offset an increase in memorial products sales […]