Tag: funeral finance

Business Finance

InvoCare talks of strategy reset

My own historical family businesses are a perfect example of the evolution of a business to fit the consumer and stay relevant.  Back in 1872 my great-grandfather arrived in the New World with a skill as a cabinet maker.  He set up shop and when people died family members approached him about building a coffin for the deceased.  The cabinet business evolved into two businesses, a furniture store and a full service funeral home.  As time went on, we became […]

Finance

Memorialization segment clear winner for Matthews International

Matthews International reported their Fiscal year 2021 2nd Quarter results last week and with the report we noticed how it is impossible to not  notice that their Memorialization business segment which consists of Aurora Casket, Matthews Cremation, and their cemetery, memorial, and mausoleum division, is increasingly leading the company. The other two segments of Matthews International’s operating portfolio consist of what they call their Industrial Technologies segment and their SGK Brand Solutions segment.  The company as a whole reported sales […]

Finance

Service Corporation services jump 14% in 2020

Service Corporation International reported both their 4th Quarter 2020 and Full Year 2020 reports last week.  Among the interesting items that you can find in the report, that can be accessed here, is that their total number of services increased from 319,616 in 2019 to 364,312 in 2020. . . .that’s an increase of 13.98%. That number in itself is interesting considering the fact that Service Corporation International (SCI) is the largest provider of death care services in the United […]

Finance Preneed

Assurant reports. . . . Preneed seems to be “up in the air”

Worldwide insurance conglomerate Assurant reported both its 4Q 2020 and its Full Year 2020 results last week.  The company reports in three distinctive segments — Global Housing, Global Lifestyle, and Global Preneed. The total Earned Premiums of the entire company for the Full Year 2020 combined to $9.52 billion which is a better than 2% increase over the combined Earned Premiums of about $9.33 billion in FY 2019.  The company press release, which you can read here, had this to […]

Finance

Dignity Plc 9-month report: More services, more revenue, less profit

Dignity plc, the United Kingdom’s only publicly listed provider of funeral related services released its report on the first nine months of its 2020 business year earlier this week.  You can read highlights of that report here in a short synopsis of such from Reuters. In essence, the number of deaths in Great Britain increased approximately 15% over the same period of one year ago. Dignity Plc saw their services for January -September 2020 grow to 61,200 from 52,100 in […]

Finance

Carriage Services posts record 3Q revenue and EBITDA

Earlier this week funeral home and cemetery consolidator Carriage Services, based in Houston, Texas, produced their 3rd Quarter 2020 report and in it they recognized the quarter as record breaking for revenue and EBITDA.  According to Chairman and CEO Mel Payne the company blew through milestones which they did not expect to reach until sometime in 2022. Here’s some of what CEO Payne had to say, “The last six months have been a remarkably historic performance period for Carriage, as […]

Finance

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 […]

Finance

SCI reports 1Q 2020. . . news on Carriage Services, Matthews

Yesterday funeral home and cemetery public company Service Corporation International (SCI) reported their financial results for the 1st Quarter of 2020.  The results were much anticipated because they are the first quarter where the “no large gatherings” rule had come into effect in funeral service.  To be candid, however, those rules only came into effect in the latter part of March and, therefore, represent only a small portion of the 2020 1st Quarter results. SCI reported positive results in this […]

Finance

Security National’s Earnings almost Double

Security National Financial Corporation, a member of the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) of public companies recorded 3rd quarter 2018 after-tax earnings of $2.014 million as compared to last year’s 3rd quarter profits of $1.097 million.  You can read the company’s complete press release here. The company which operates in the Life Insurance, Cemetery/Mortuary, and Mortgage segments reported 3rd quarter revenues down from 2017 to $67.2m as compared to $71.8m.  The entire decrease in revenues came from the […]

Finance

Spanish Funeral Firms Consider Merger

The second and third largest funeral home firms in Spain are considering a merger according to this article from Reuters.  Santa Lucia’s subsidiary Albia and Mapfres’ subsidiary Funespana are the number two and three in funeral services in the country and are contemplating teaming up to become a company that would do about $229 million (U.S. dollars) in revenue.  For perspective, $229M in revenue would be about 90% of the size of U.S. based publicly traded funeral services company Carriage […]