Tag: Service Corporation International

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition: Insurance Survey says pandemic has changed needs

Among the articles that we feature in today’s Afternoon Edition is a press release from the Unum Company.  Unum, an insurance company, says in this release that the coronavirus pandemic has changed insurance needs of families. The results of their survey indicated that 41% of Americans say that the pandemic has changed the way that they handle their family finances and 22% indicate that they are considering increasing their life insurance during the coming year.  Finally, 48% say that the […]

Cremation Products

The two Nike guys out to disrupt the death care industry

I came across this recent article from Seed Investor entitled “Solace co-founder David Odusanya on the impact of COVID-19”.  The article intrigued me, not because of the COVID-19 fact, but because I knew that Solace was the company founded in Portland, Oregon, by two Nike executives to enter the low-cost direct cremation market. According to the company web-site, Solace provides direct cremation with “Concierge Level Support” thru Solace Care Teams for $895. The death care space has historically been won […]

Finance

Technical difficulties, Seeking Alpha opinion on Service Corporation

To our readers:  Before we get into our feature article of the day I want to apologize to readers who did not receive distributed copies of Funeral Director Daily last Wednesday and Thursday.  Unfortunately, we ran into issues where we simply outgrew our former distributor of Funeral Director Daily emails, Twitter, and Facebook postings.  The growth is good, however, we were not prepared for this happening and so I apologize to our readers for the problem.  There were three articles […]

Business

Is the Demographer the most important person in the corporate funeral office complex

I was talking to a colleague about a recent funeral home acquisition and asking what he thought of the transaction.  His comment startled me in that he said, “I hope they didn’t pay too much because no one dies in that community anymore.”  His implication was that the community we were discussing has became known as a “tourist and 2nd home area” and that, as not a place of main residences, the death rate per thousand is on the low […]

Finance

SCI’s Tom Ryan talks 2nd Quarter 2020

The 2nd Quarter of 2020, that period that encompasses the months of April, May, and June, was looked at as a quarter which would produce financial results that would be unique, maybe in the entire last century, simply because it was the first 3-month period of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the United States went into the pandemic in February and March of 2020, many people theorized on how funeral homes and cemeteries would come through with things such as social […]

Afternoon Edition Cemetery Preneed

Afternoon edition: FDLIC brightens up, SCI buys adjoining cemetery property, and more

In today’s afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily we have a couple of national firms in the news for differing reasons.  First of all, we will tell you of Funeral Directors Life (FDLIC) and their investment in saving some of the world’s energy.  They recently added a parking lot that will be covered by about 1300 solar panels that will provide energy for the company’s corporate headquarters.  You can see photos in this article here. And we also bring you […]

Afternoon Edition Finance

Afternoon edition: Seeking Alpha opines on Service Corp post report. . . .other news

In today’s afternoon edition we bring you a Seeking Alpha article from BOOX Research that opines on and goes into the details on why it says Service Corporation International “has a positive long-term outlook supported by its market leadership position and solid fundamentals.” We also bring you information on an Iowa funeral home celebrating its 50th year in business, a report on how busy the funeral homes and crematoriums in Wales were during the height of the pandemic, and information […]

Afternoon Edition Finance

Afternoon edition: StoneMor receives 2nd offer to take it private. . . .and more news from the death care universe

StoneMor, Inc.,  the Philadelphia area based operator of funeral homes and cemeteries, announced in this press release on Friday, July 31, that they are in receipt of a 2nd offer from a company that would seek to take the company private.  If you remember, earlier this year, Axar Capital Management offered the company $0.67 per share to acquire the company.  That offer was rejected by StoneMor in June as, according to the press release, an inadequate price. Axar Capital Management […]

Finance

Into earnings season. . . what can we expect?

We’ve now moved into the 3rd Quarter of 2020 and, needless to say, it has been a different year.  I recently read an article from Barrons.com that put the year into perspective and also asked famed stock prognosticator Mario Gabelli to comment on where we are going from here.  Gabelli is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management. On the backdrop of this article I thought I would give my perspective on what we might see from the […]

Finance

Green, Dodds to lead Park Lawn into the future

In a press release from the company that you can read here, Park Lawn Corporation announced Monday that Interim CEO J. Bradley Green would have the interim tag removed and has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto based death care company.  In the same announcement, Park Lawn’s Board of Directors announced that Jay Dodds would be named the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. It was also announced that Green and Dodds would become members of the public […]