On Thursday, July 26, funeral home consolidators Carriage Services and Service Corporation International both reported 2nd Quarter earnings. Carriage Services came in at a diluted per share income of $0.30 when they had estimated an income of $0.40 per share. Their stock lost 1.16% to close at $26.49 for the day on the news. You can read their press release here. Service Corporation International surprised on the upside with earnings at $0.35 per share when they had estimated a per […]
Global pre-need provider, Assurant, traded at a yearly high yesterday of $106 per share. You can read about it here. Today also tips off earnings week releases of most companies in the Death Care Index (DCI). Carriage Services and SCI will report after market close today followed by Matthews International tomorrow. Assurant and Hillenbrand Industries will be reporting next week. Stay tuned in the next week as Funeral Director Daily will cover the reports and analyze what is going on […]
I woke up Tuesday morning and noticed that Stonmor’s stock had plunged almost 11%. In checking it out I noticed that the company issued a statement that they are in technical default on their revolving credit agreement and they mentioned that they may have more adverse events occur in mid-August. The stock was trading at Monday’s close at $7.97 — that is down from a high of over $25 just over a year ago. All analysts that follow Stonmor have […]
I’m using Friday’s column to catch up with some things I’ve seen in the industry concerning acquisitions over the past 2-3 weeks. It’s interesting but not surprising that we continue to see acquisitions in the industry over that time period. In the last three weeks we have seen: Thacker Casket acquire Madison Casket Company. According to the Press Release this will give Thacker an opening to funeral homes in Mississippi and Louisiana. The release also notes that this is Thacker’s […]
MarketBeat recently published this comparison of StoneMor Partners vs. Carriage Services.
On June 23 Weekly Hub reported the consensus of analysts who cover funeral industry public company Carriage Services (CSV) are anticipating an announcement of earnings of $0.40 per share when announced in about a month on July 25. They suggest that this would be a slight increase from the $0.37 EPS from the companies last quarter.
Just the other day an article on SeekingAlpha.com came out reporting on the status of public funeral home consolidator Service Corporation International (SCI). As I’ve said before I’ve always kept up with the public companies in the death care industry because by following them I’ve learned things that have improved my own small business. I would suggest that you read the entire article on SeekingAlpha.com but here are some of the highlights that I gleaned from the article. SCI has […]
As you are probably aware of we at Funeral Director Daily have built up our own index of public stocks which reflect six companies with, at least a part of their business entity in the Death Care profession. Our hope is that by watching this index, and how the companies operate, we can learn something of value to bring to each of us in the industry. Yesterday I noticed an interesting item about Assurant, one of those six stocks, mentioned […]
We last visited the Death Care Index (DCI) following the March 3, 2017 market close. At that time the value of one share of each of the six death care industry stocks that make up the index totaled together would have equaled $269.84 with an annual dividend of $5.66 for a 2.06% yield. As of the close on Friday, May 19, the DCI was valued at $265.59 with an annual dividend of $5.74 for a 2.16% yield. In the world […]
On Wednesday, May 17, StoneMor Partners took some steps to reverse the fortunes of their company when they named a new CEO and a new CFO to replace departed CFO Sean McGrath and CEO Lawrence Miller. StoneMor has been plagued for over the last year with quarterly losses, decreased cash flows, and a cut of its dividend to shareholders. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal the company named former utility company executive Paul Grady as its new CEO and Mark […]