Tag: Matthews International

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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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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 […]

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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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2020: A look back at the public companies

There are a lot of reasons that people may look to get the year 2020 in their rearview mirror.  However, when you look individually at the performance of the public companies in the death care realm for the calendar year, my guess is that almost all of them would be happy to repeat the year’s performance in 2021. The trend among the public companies in 2020 could certainly be classified as COVID, leadership, and lawsuits.  And, who would have thought […]

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Death Care Index still lags the market

We checked into Funeral Director Daily’s proprietary Death Care Index (DCI) after the markets closed on Monday, the last day of November.  That check-in allowed us to take a look at the eight stocks that make up the DCI and see where they were individually and as a group and how that group compared to the Dow Jones average, the S & P 500, and the technology based Nasdaq. And, while the Dow Jones counted November 2020 as its best […]

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Matthews reports 4Q and Year End 2020: Memorialization segment is high point

Our reports for the period of July thru September 2020 come to an end with today’s report on Matthews International.  Funeral Director Daily files reports every quarter on the eight public companies that make up our financial Death Care Index (DCI). Today’s report on Matthew’s International, which you can access here, encompasses the mentioned time period which is the 4th Quarter of Matthews fiscal year so we can give you Fiscal Year 2020 numbers also. First of all, for 4Q […]

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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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Heading into the weekend. . . . .

As we wrap up the week we bring you information on the historical topic of mummification – or as mentioned from an article of Live Science –  that refers to it as the “Lost art of embalming the dead” all the way into the present day with an article from Quartz entitled “COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of cremation over burial”. We also bring you information from the NFDA on how you can receive a certificate as a Certified Cremation […]

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Matthews announces investment sale

On Tuesday global death care company Matthews International announced a sale, that was effective on June 26, of a non-controlling ownership interest in a pet cremation services business.  According to this release from Matthews, the company sold its interest for a total of $57.2 million. That $57.2 million was to be paid to Matthews International with $42.2 million in cash and another $15.0 million in preferred stock of the company, which was not named.  Again, according to the release, Matthews […]

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Mathews 2Q 2020: Improved pricing for caskets and memorial products. . . but, lower unit sales

Last week Matthews International, a publicly traded company with a segment of its business in the death care realm reported 2nd Quarter 2020 results.  According to a press release you can read here, due to their international operations, the company believes their business units began experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 earlier in the quarter, initially in their Asian and European markets. As an entire company, Matthews reported a sales decline of 4.2% with sales in Q2 2020 of $374.8 million […]