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Finance

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 […]

Finance

StoneMor reports 3rd Quarter: Turnaround continues to move forward

A couple of years ago I looked at StoneMor and their operations and told readers that they should, if they had a StoneMor competitor in their market, look at a possible acquisition of that competitor.  Quite frankly, I was of the opinion that the way StoneMor was moving would probably lead to a liquidation and some of those businesses might be able to be purchased at the right price. However, while there has been some pain and some selected liquidation […]

Finance

StoneMor announces sale of West Coast locations

We learned today that a rumored divesture of West Coast assets of StoneMor Inc. has indeed been negotiated and an asset purchase agreement has been signed. This press release from Globe Newswire indicates that StoneMor Inc. has sold all of their properties in Oregon and Washington to an entity known as Clearstone Memorial Partners, LLC.  According to this map of StoneMor properties from their website, the arrangement would look to be for approximately 19 cemetery and funeral home properties, if […]

Finance

Zacks looks at the funeral industry, an update on the DCI

Last week Vrishali Bagree of Zacks presented an article that appeared on Nasdaq.com.  It was entitled “Rising demand keeps funeral industry going:  Four stocks to watch”.  You can read that article here. In essence the article tells that the Zacks Funeral Services industry is housed within the broader Zacks Consumer Staples sector.  According to the article, Zacks ranks 250 different industries and the Funeral Service industry ranks quite high at #25. Zacks also says this about the Funeral Services industry,  […]

Afternoon Edition

Axar Capital pulls back bid to take StoneMor Inc. private

In this public relations release from Globe Newswire you can read that Axar Capital Management has withdrawn its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of StoneMor Inc. and take the company private. In the press release, StoneMor made this announcement by Stephen J. Negrotti, Chair of a special committee to evaluate the Axar proposal, “We have worked closely with Axar over the last six weeks to evaluate its most recent proposal. We have consulted with our financial and […]

Finance

StoneMor, Inc. reports 2nd Quarter 2020. . comment on going private emerges

When Joe Redling was appointed CEO of StoneMor, Inc. the company was in fast decline, revenues were washing away, and losses were mounting.  That was June of 2018, only two years ago, and now, although far from being in the clear and a profit machine, there is hope at the end of the tunnel. StoneMor, Inc. reported its 2nd Quarter 2020 financial results last week and the comparable revenues for businesses operations have pretty much leveled off from a downward […]

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 Preneed

Assurant announces dividend, more news

World-wide financial services company Assurant announced yesterday a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.63 which is the same amount that had previously been in place for preceding quarters.  You can read of their announcement here. Assurant is one of the eight stocks that make up the Death Care Index (DCI).  They pertain to the death care world with their division of preneed funeral insurance which is predominantly situated in North America . At a closing price as of Thursday, […]

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 […]