Tag: Service Corporation International

Afternoon Edition Finance

Afternoon edition: Seeking Alpha opines on Service Corp post report. . . .other news

In today’s afternoon edition we bring you a Seeking Alpha article from BOOX Research that opines on and goes into the details on why it says Service Corporation International “has a positive long-term outlook supported by its market leadership position and solid fundamentals.” We also bring you information on an Iowa funeral home celebrating its 50th year in business, a report on how busy the funeral homes and crematoriums in Wales were during the height of the pandemic, and information […]

Afternoon Edition Finance

Afternoon edition: StoneMor receives 2nd offer to take it private. . . .and more news from the death care universe

StoneMor, Inc.,  the Philadelphia area based operator of funeral homes and cemeteries, announced in this press release on Friday, July 31, that they are in receipt of a 2nd offer from a company that would seek to take the company private.  If you remember, earlier this year, Axar Capital Management offered the company $0.67 per share to acquire the company.  That offer was rejected by StoneMor in June as, according to the press release, an inadequate price. Axar Capital Management […]

Finance

Into earnings season. . . what can we expect?

We’ve now moved into the 3rd Quarter of 2020 and, needless to say, it has been a different year.  I recently read an article from Barrons.com that put the year into perspective and also asked famed stock prognosticator Mario Gabelli to comment on where we are going from here.  Gabelli is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management. On the backdrop of this article I thought I would give my perspective on what we might see from the […]

Finance

Green, Dodds to lead Park Lawn into the future

In a press release from the company that you can read here, Park Lawn Corporation announced Monday that Interim CEO J. Bradley Green would have the interim tag removed and has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto based death care company.  In the same announcement, Park Lawn’s Board of Directors announced that Jay Dodds would be named the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. It was also announced that Green and Dodds would become members of the public […]

Finance

Investors still reluctant with death care stocks

I happened to see that at the close of the markets Friday that funeral home and cemetery operator and consolidator Park Lawn Corporation’s stock closed down over 9% from the previous day.  I looked for news on the company but could not find anything in the public world that would cause a precipitous drop in valuation like that. What it did cause me to do was take a look at all the other death care stocks that comprise the Funeral […]

Business Finance

Random thoughts on retail sales, funeral home restrictions, revenues, and acquisitions

Where were you when you first realized that the coronavirus may be something serious and you changed your course of habits to manage your lifestyle more safely?  Angie and I were on a scheduled flight out of Honolulu returning to Minneapolis on February 1, the day after President Trump had instituted the flight ban from China.  I remember wiping our seats down with clean wipes. . .something I had never done before. So, we have now had a little over […]

Finance

Carriage Services reports First Quarter 2020

A short time ago Carriage Services, the Houston, Texas, based funeral home and cemetery operator announced they would delay their First Quarter 2020 financial results so that they could also report cornavirus related April results and May trends.  It is interesting to note that their First Quarter report that you can access here is titled, “First Quarter and April 2020 Results”. Here is what President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Goetz did say about the first quarter.   “Our performance through […]

Finance

Investors seem wary of death care stocks

We last brought our readers an update on the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) on April 6, 2020, which represented values as of the close of business on Friday, April 3.  As we tell national publications that call us about our DCI, it is not a scientific weighting of public companies in the death care business, but does give some semblance to what the investment community is thinking about the funeral, cemetery, crematory, and preneed services business community […]

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Inside the numbers with SCI

Last week we brought you an initial report on Service Corporation International’s report of their 1st Quarter 2020 results.  We also promised that we would go “inside the numbers” to see what other financial information we could find that may be of benefit to all of you who own or manage funeral homes. Today, we bring you a little more from inside the numbers and don’t bring you any surprises but the numbers put forth continue to show increased cremation, […]

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 […]