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Funeral stocks continue solid climb

As of last Friday, June 4, we were over five months into the 2021 calendar year.  Funeral Director Daily decided it was time to take a look at where the Death Care stocks were in relation to the stock market indices up to that day. What we found out is that the stocks of companies that comprise the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) continue to show a positive movement — and even higher growth than the indices of […]

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Death Care outpaces Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P for first third of 2021

For the first time that I can remember since I have followed what is termed the Death Care Index (DCI), the DCI for a period of time has outpaced the standard measures of America’s public companies, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq, and the S & P 500.  For the time period of January 1, 2021, through the close of business last Friday, April 30, 2021, the Death Care Index has grown at a pace of 17.7%. The DCI, […]

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Carriage Services 1Q 2021 Revenues rise almost 25%

Carriage Services was the first of our public death care companies to report on their 1st quarter of 2021 (January thru March 2021 numbers) when they did so last week.  Even knowing that January 2021 had a high number of additional mortality in the United States because of the number of Covid-19 deaths, you have to look at the Carriage Services financials and be somewhat impressed. When the final mortality numbers come out as to additional Covid-19 related deaths that […]

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On looking back. . . and moving forward (Part 2)

We told you yesterday that Carriage Services CEO and Chairman Mel Payne had published a lengthy Letter to Shareholders in early April.   In that letter, that you can access here, he painted what we call a somewhat aspirational future for Carriage Services, after first pointing out how they got to where they are today. Today, we plan to offer our interpretation of how the company is being transformed from one that has about 174 funeral homes doing about 200 calls […]

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On looking back. . . .and moving forward (Part 1)

Earlier this month Carriage Services CEO and Chairman Mel Payne put out a lengthy shareholder letter.  We found it a great read, not only to catch up with what is happening with Carriage Services, but as an aspirational blueprint, that if followed could lead to success in almost all funeral homes.  Payne even points out Investor Business Daily’s 10 Secrets to Success that we have included below. You can access this shareholder letter here. From my point of view, and […]

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Park Lawn Corporation sees “significant growth in revenue, net earnings”

Park Lawn Corporation reported their 2020 4th Quarter and Year End financial numbers earlier this week and the press release, which you can read here, states “. . . PLC finished 2020 with a powerful performance in Q4, which included achieving significant growth in revenue, net earnings, Adjusted Net Earnings, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITA margin. ” A couple of highlights for the company included a full year revenue increase of 37% primarily due to acquisitions made during 2020 and […]

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Checking in on the DCI. . . up over 10% year to date

The last time we checked in on Funeral Director Daily’s proprietary Death Care Index (DCI) was in this article from January 4, 2021.  At that time we noted that the stock index of companies in the death care realm had a total return (capital appreciation plus dividend) of about 6.85% for the calendar year of 2020.  We mentioned that was not as high as the returns of the NASDAQ index or the S&P 500, but it was a solid “grind […]

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Moodys upgrades Carriage Services. . . . can you find savings in financing?

Upon the heels of a very profitable quarter and yearly report of funeral and cemetery consolidator Carriage Services, Moody’s Investor Services last week raised the credit rating of the company as you can see in this article here.  A better credit rating should drive down borrowing costs for Carriage Services and, according to the Year End 2020 Annual report, Carriage Services management is counting on that to lower cash outlays for those needs. It’s also very interesting as to what […]

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Carriage Services reports 2020 year. . . shows the trends

In a press release that you can read here you can find out that Houston, Texas, based funeral home and cemetery consolidator Carriage Services recorded record results not only for the 4th Quarter of 2020 but for the full year of 2020 as well.  Not only did Carriage Services record these record financial results, they exceeded the 2022 plan that they had set in their five year milestones only a year ago. In essence they passed that 2022 goal two […]

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MarketBeat comments on Carriage Services stock

In a report from last week, MarketBeat made comments about the stock of Carriage Services.  You can read the article here where MarketBeat states that one analyst rates Carriage Services a “Sell”, one analyst reports Carriage Services a “Hold”, and three analysts rate the company a “Buy”. The report also points out, over the past month or so, which company executives have bought the stock and which company executives have sold the stock.  According to the article, “Corporate insiders” own […]