Tag: cemetery business


Park Lawn makes earning season splash with large aquisition

Park Lawn Corporation announced yesterday in this press release that they have acquired substantially all of the assets of the Schackelford Corporation based in Western Tennessee.  The Schackelford Corporation encompasses a fifth-generation company that has served Western Tennessee for 90 years.  According to the press release the acquisition includes eight stand-alone funeral homes, two stand-alone cemeteries, and one on-site funeral home and cemetery. The release also indicates that the acquisition will bring an approximate 1,577 calls per year and 152 […]


Park Lawn makes acquisition, enters the state of Virginia

This press release issued last week by Park Lawn Corporation (PLC) will tell you of their acquisition of Farris Funeral Service, Inc. and Affiliated Service Group, Inc. (collectively known as “Farris”).  The businesses acquired include one stand-alone funeral home and one on-site funeral home and cemetery located in Abingdon, Virginia. Here’s what Park Lawn Corporation CEO J. Bradley Green said of the transaction, “We are excited to continue our strategic growth in the southeast by entering into the Virginia market […]


Death care stocks down 18% Year to Date

I read this interesting article on Saturday morning from Yahoo Finance’s Morning Brief entitled “What to expect from a recession everyone sees coming“.  The author of the article makes this statement, “. . . recessions can be mild and short if the causes are anticipated and less systemic, and more severe and longer if they are unexpected and less intertwined with the core economy“. The article and the recent turbulence in the stock market gave me reason to look at […]


StoneMor agrees to Axar Capital Management buyout

In a press release issued at the beginning of business yesterday, Wednesday May 25, StoneMor Inc. announced that the company had agreed to a “definitive merger agreement under which a subsidiary of Axar Capital Management, LP (“Axar”) will be merged with and into StoneMor and all outstanding shares of StoneMor common stock not owned by Axar as to which dissenters’ rights are not perfected will be converted into the right to receive $3.50 in cash per share.”  You can read […]


Increasing funeral home numbers drives Carriage Services results

Carriage Services reported their 1st Quarter of 2022 last week and in doing so highlighted the strength of their funeral home operations.  “Same Store” service contracts increased about 3.3% and average revenue on those services increased 1.2% over the same period of last year which led to a Funeral Home Operating Revenue increase of $3.3 million  and Total System Revenue of $98.2 million (a 1.6% increase) even as the Cemetery Division revenue decreased almost 5% for the quarter. For 1Q […]

Afternoon Edition

Don’t forget about free Continuing Education credits offered by Wilbert

If you are like me, you might not even know where you are sitting with Continuing Education credits to keep your license current.  I need to check because I know that because of the Covid pandemic some of the CE credits required for my funeral director and insurance agent requirements were temporarily suspended because of the difficulty in getting these credits during that time. I was reminded of that fact the other day when I was switching out copy for […]


Matthews reports Jan thru March quarter. . . Revenues up, Operating Profits down

Matthews International, an international conglomerate which serves the death care industry with memorial products, reported their January through March 2022 financial numbers last week.  Because they choose to report on a Fiscal Year that begins on October 1 each year, this report is considered their 2022 2nd Quarter Report.  You can access a copy of it here. In short, Matthews reported total revenues for 2Q 2022 of $444.9 million as compared to the same period in 2021 when they reported […]

Business Finance

Recapping FY 2021 with the public companies

When you read this it will already be May 2022 and we will be two-thirds of the way into the 2nd Quarter of most company’s 2022 business year.  As a matter of fact, the reports of January thru March have already started to roll out as Matthews International provided us information on the January thru March period just last week.  We will be reporting on that later this week. However, I was asked by some in the death care business […]


Learning more of Matthews International

Over last weekend while doing some research I stumbled across this article on Matthews International.  As you may know Matthews is the parent company of Aurora Caskets and Matthews Cremation.  What you maybe don’t know is that they are a world-wide conglomerate who is making a big bet on the electric car market with a dry cell battery division (Saueressig) that counts Tesla as its number one customer and, according to the article, is set to grow with other electric […]


SCI and other DCI stocks buck the Year-to-Date market trend

The markets were closed on Good Friday and we thought that might be an appropriate time to take a look at how the stocks that comprise the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) have been doing in relation to each other and in relation to the stock market as a whole since the beginning of the year. What we found that you are probably aware of if you listen to business news is that the market indexes most followed […]