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Foundation Partners adds to California presence

Funeral Director Daily received word last week that Foundation Partners Group, the Orlando based operator of funeral homes, cremation centers, and cemeteries, has acquired the Bermudez Family Cremations and Funerals operation in Monterey, California. That acquisition expands the Foundation partners network in California to eight locations. Here’s what Foundation Partners Group CEO Bob Bukala had to say about the acquisition, “Bermudez Family Cremations and Funerals makes a great addition to our growing portfolio of operations in Northern California.  The business […]

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Batesville sales increase 7%

Hillenbrand Industries, a global diversified industrial company and parent of death care company, Batesville, reported their 3rd Quarter 2020 last week.  The company, which operates with an October 1 fiscal year date announced that revenues for the entire company increased 36% to $608 million for the quarter, but Net Income of $24 million was about one-third less than last year at this same time.  You can access Hillenbrand Industries 3Q 2020 earnings press release here. Those numbers seem somewhat contradictory […]

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Assurant Global Preneed division reports slight revenue increase, less operating income

Assurant defines itself as “a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases”.  The company released its 2nd Quarter 2020 results on Tuesday, August 4, and in doing so reported a Net Income of $173.5 million, which is up 24 percent from the same period in 2019.  Assurant also notes that it returned $65 million to shareholders in share repurchases and common dividends.  You can see their 2nd Quarter 2020 report here. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Service Corporation reports 2nd quarter. . . cemetery preneed impressive

North America’s largest public purveyor of death care services, Service Corporation International (SCI), released its 2nd Quarter 2020 results on Wednesday.  In a nutshell, they produced somewhat better than what was expected results in this COVID-19 environment.  You can read their full 2Q 2020 report here. SCI reported revenues for the quarter of $820 million as compared to the same quarter in 2019 when they reported revenues of $812.6 million. On that revenue the company produced $182.3 million in operating […]

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Carriage Services records record 2nd Quarter Revenue

Carriage Services reported their much anticipated 2nd Quarter of 2020 results on Tuesday.  You can get a copy of their press release here. The company, as well as other companies in the death care index are reporting their 2nd Quarters as their first full three month period of dealing with deaths and memorializations in the COVID-19 period.  For that reason, many are interested in seeing how their results were affected due to the issues around COVID-19 and funeral service. Those […]

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Finance articles on Carriage Services, more

The Funeral Director Daily afternoon edition for today contains a couple of finance opinion articles written for Seeking Alpha on funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services, a short note on Park Lawn Corporations placement of 5.75% debentures, and some guidance from our friends at Clifton Larson Allen with regards to COVID-19 relief plans for retirement plans. Carriage Services:  Just a 2% dividend yield, but a 17% free cash flow yield. Carriage Services:  A funeral service provider that is growing […]

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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 […]