Tag: funeral finance


Matthews Memorialization segment reports higher sales, lower margins

Mathews International, the global provider of memorialization products, industrial technologies, and brand solutions reported their Fiscal 3rd Quarter last week.  That quarter encompasses the April thru June 2022 time period. In reporting their Memorialization segment finances we note that they may be reporting what we believe could become a common theme in death care company’s reports for the quarter — that is one of thinning margins.  You can see the quarterly financial press release here. Here’s what Matthews CEO and […]


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 […]


Security National’s 1st Quarter — Memorial segment has revenue rise, but earnings decrease

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC), the Utah based company that has three separate business segments including those that operate in the retail mortuary and cemetery space, the preneed insurance space, and is also the parent company of C & J Financial, had very mixed results in the 1st Quarter of 2022 as seen in their press release here.  The company’s largest, by revenue, segment is their Mortgage Segment and as you can imagine home prices and interest rates played a […]


StoneMor reports 1st Quarter. . . Axar talks continue

Here’s what StoneMor Inc. CEO Joe Redling had to say about the company’s 1st Quarter of 2022 during the company’s earnings call on May 12 which you can access here, “During the first quarter, we achieve(d) 4% year-over-year growth in our pre-need sales production.  And this is against the first quarter of 2021. That was up 45% against the first quarter of 2020. We achieved this growth through a concentrated sales effort, including a focus on volume and pricing optimization. […]


Park Lawn Corporation reports Year End 2021 — Revenues grow, Acquisitions total $125 million, tell of 5-year aspirations

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC) the public company whose website tells of the company owning and operating 138 funeral homes and 135 cemeteries located in 16 states and 3 Canadian provinces, reported their 4th Quarter and Year End 2021 results last week.  And, like other public companies they were able to report success in almost all financial categories in 2021. For instance, for the 4th Quarter of 2021 PLC reported (in US dollars) revenue of $78.15 million in comparison with revenue […]


Service Corp Operating Income jumps, company acquires 30 properties in 4Q 2021

Funeral service company Service Corporation International (SCI), the largest owner of funeral homes in North America announced their 4th Quarter 2021 and 2021 Year-end results earlier this week.  You can see a press release of the entire announcement here. Here’s how SCI’s CEO Thomas Ryan summed up the 4th Quarter of 2021 for the company, “Today we are proud to report fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.24 and adjusted earnings per share of $1.17, a $0.04 increase over the prior year quarter. We continued […]


The case for raising full-service charges

In the last couple of issues of NFDA’s Memorial Business Journal, author and editor Edward Defort, has introduced us to funeral director, owner, and entrepreneur David Hernandez.  Hernandez has funeral service operations in New Jersey, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  And, he’s a man after my own heart because he understands that a successful funeral “business” is not about call volume or revenue per case but about, as he states, “It’s always about what’s left afterward.” That’s the way that I […]


Batesville casket sales, margins both drop

  Hillenbrand Industries, parent company of Batesville Casket, reported their Fiscal Year 2022 1st Quarter last week. The First Quarter of their fiscal year represents the months of October, November, and December 2021.  You can read the entire report on the company’s 1Q 2022 here. While Hillenbrand Industries is a conglomerate of companies, they still report their Batesville operating segment separately and that is what is of interest to us at Funeral Director Daily. For the 1st Quarter of Fiscal […]

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How do you collect cash and control receivables

I came across this article entitled “Lending USA introduces FastScreen, a New Tool for Pre-Loan Qualification for Funeral Home Merchants” and it reminded me of the struggles I had over the years about implementation of tougher credit policies on client families.  The age old “push-pull” credit decision is that you don’t want to make it difficult for families, however, too much leniency and you may be doing your work for less than full payment or, in some cases, no payment […]


Foundation Partners Group announces new acquisition, record growth

In this press release from last week, Foundation Partners Group (FPG) announced a new acquisition and also gave some indication of its growth over the past couple of years. Foundation Partners Group is the privately owned death care consolidator based in Orlando, Florida, that appears to set its acquisition sights on cremation heavy firms.  FPG is owned by Access Partners of Baltimore, Maryland. In the press release the company announces the acquisition of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society of […]