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Afternoon Edition

Funeral Director Daily top read stories in the last month

It is already past the 15th of the month when we highlight and replay for you our top read stories of the past 30 days.  While we hope you read all of Funeral Director Daily’s blog posts we also realize you are busy and certainly will miss some days.  Here are our most read posts from July 15 to August 15. In addition to the stories we wanted to thank our readership for giving us our highest total in history […]

Finance Preneed

SCI sees 2Q 2021 Revenue per Service jump over $600 per case

Earlier this week the largest funeral home and cemetery operator in North America, Service Corporation International (SCI), revealed their results for the 2nd Quarter of 2021.  It was a much anticipated report as it would mark a comparison with the 2nd Quarter of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was flourishing and funeral homes and cemeteries were operating in a much more difficult and different world. As you might expect SCI’s “comparable funeral services performed” dropped 6.0% to 84,449 cases as […]

Finance

An opinion from Seeking Alpha on Service Corporation International

Yesterday, July 19, Seeking Alpha published a pretty in-depth investment article from Livingston Investments on funeral home and cemetery operator Service Corporation International.  The article is entitled, “Service Corporation International:  Crisis reslient business with a premium to fair price”.  You can access the article here. There was a couple of statements in the article that caught my eye: “Significant revenue growth was driven by the temporary impact of the coronavirus” “We have determined that the company’s weighted average cost of […]

Business

Funeral service. . . . .by the numbers

Funeral Director Daily published this article last week that we titled “We saw a lot of deaths in 2020”.  The article tried to put a number to the number of death care cases across the United States in our Covid-19 pandemic year.  We came up with the number of 3,427,321 which was a 20% increase in the number of deaths from 2019 — 2,854,838. That article captured my interest on other numbers, or data, which may be of interest to […]

Finance Preneed

Is SCI’s value in their “float”?

I’m a fan of Warren Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway.  Matter of fact, I enjoy reading his annual shareholder letter because it just doesn’t tell how his businesses are doing, it explains to the reader why he is in those businesses and how he makes money for his shareholders. Back in 1936 a gentleman by the name of Leo Goodwin from Washington, D.C., became convinced that auto insurance could be standardized and sold without agents to the general public.  […]

Finance

SCI’s Tom Ryan: “. . true earnings growth from funeral will require increased funeral services”

Service Corporation International (SCI) reported their 1st Quarter financial results last week and in it we found a lot of information and perspective that we believe is informative and, in our opinion, pretty good news as to how the American public is coming out of the pandemic with their actions on funeral care seemingly indicating that they are in line with how they felt prior to the pandemic. First of all, SCI’s results from the first quarter are indicative of […]

Business Finance

Independent operators. . . . .know your value

Back in 1990 I spent about three days north of Vancouver, British Columbia, along the Campbell River fishing for salmon with a group of funeral industry people.  One of the days was spent in a small fishing boat with a gentleman about thirty years my senior who had spent almost his entire funeral service career as an acquisition target expert for the large corporate entities.  Suffice it to say, I listened and learned a lot about the mergers and acquisition […]

Finance

Revenues, operating income pop for StoneMor. . . . 2020 year end report

In a report issued last week, StoneMor Inc. released its financial results for the 4th Quarter of 2020 and for the full-year of 2020.  Here’s what CEO Joe Redling said in the report that you can read here, “The groundwork that was laid with our transformation initiatives, allowed StoneMor to produce another very strong quarter financially, while weathering the surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw 29% year-over-year revenue growth, driven by a strong sales performance including a 20% increase […]

Finance

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 […]

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 […]