Service Corporation International Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results, Raises 2011 Outlook, and Provides Initial Outlook for 2012
Conference call on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), the largest provider of deathcare products and services in North America, today reported results for the third quarter 2011. Our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements can be found at the end of this press release. The table below summarizes our key financial results:


(In millions, except for per share amounts)


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010


2011


2010

Revenues


$

573.0



$

533.2



$

1,729.5



$

1,619.3


Operating income


$

78.2



$

68.5



$

255.9



$

250.0


Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

35.5



$

18.8



$

100.4



$

90.0


Diluted earnings per share


$

0.15



$

0.08



$

0.42



$

0.36


Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items(1)


$

33.8



$

31.9



$

109.6



$

104.0


Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items(1)


$

0.14



$

0.13



$

0.46



$

0.41


Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


235.5



247.5



239.5



252.5


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

115.8



$

80.1



$

291.3



$

266.1



(1)

Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items are non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation to net income and diluted earnings per share computed in accordance with GAAP can be found later in this press release under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Highlights:

  • Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items increased to $0.14 in the third quarter 2011 compared to $0.13 in the prior year third quarter. The improvement in the current quarter was primarily attributable to higher operating income that was led by strong cemetery results.
  • Funeral gross profit was flat in the third quarter of 2011 while gross margin percentage decreased to 18.0% from 19.2% in the prior period. Although the current quarter was favorably impacted by higher total case volume and higher average revenue per case, these benefits were offset by higher advertising and selling expenses related to increased preneed production which was in line with our expectations.
  • Cemetery gross profit increased $4.4 million, or 13.1%, and cemetery gross margin percentage increased to 20.1% from 19.3%. The current quarter improvements were driven by increased preneed property revenues associated with increased preneed sales production and higher other cemetery revenues, partially offset by higher advertising and preneed selling related expenses.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $115.8 million in the current quarter compared to $80.1 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter increase is primarily related to higher cash receipts associated with atneed funeral revenues and strong preneed cemetery production, as well as lower payments for cash taxes and cash interest.

Tom Ryan, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the third quarter of 2011:

"We are very pleased with our operating performance for the third quarter, which was enhanced by impressive increases in both funeral and cemetery preneed sales production. Once again, our sales team delivered excellent results during a very pessimistic economic and consumer sentiment environment. Our strong cash flows and healthy financial position have afforded us the flexibility to pursue an acquisition growth strategy while being opportunistic during recent stock market volatility to return value to our shareholders."

REVIEW OF RESULTS FOR THIRD QUARTER 2011

Consolidated Segment Results


(In millions, except funeral services performed and average revenue per funeral service)


Three Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010

Funeral





Funeral atneed revenue


$

232.7



$

226.2


Funeral recognized preneed revenue


116.0



110.8


Other funeral revenue(1)


35.3



22.0


Total funeral revenues


$

384.0



$

359.0







Gross profit


$

69.0



$

69.0


Gross margin percentage


18.0

%


19.2

%






Funeral services performed


67,374



64,680


Average revenue per funeral service


$

5,176



$

5,210







Cemetery





Cemetery atneed revenue


$

58.2



$

58.1


Cemetery recognized preneed revenue


106.7



95.5


Other cemetery revenue (2)


24.1



20.6


Total cemetery revenues


$

189.0



$

174.2







Gross profit


$

38.0



$

33.6


Gross margin percentage


20.1

%


19.3

%


(1)

Other funeral revenue consists primarily of preneed merchandise sales of The Neptune Society, as well as GA revenues, which are commissions we receive from third-party insurance companies for life insurance policies or annuities sold to preneed customers for the purpose of funding preneed funeral arrangements.

(2)

Other cemetery revenue is primarily related to cemetery merchandise and service trust fund income, endowment care trust fund income, royalty income, and interest and finance charges earned from customer receivables on preneed installment contracts.

Comparable Funeral Results

The table below details comparable funeral results of operations ("same store") for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. We consider comparable operations to be those owned for the entire period beginning January 1, 2010 and ending September 30, 2011.


(In millions, except average revenue per funeral service and average revenue per contract sold)


Three Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010

Comparable funeral revenue:





Atneed revenue


209.5



206.1


Recognized preneed revenue


108.5



105.4


Other funeral revenue(1)


23.9



21.5


Total comparable funeral revenues


$

341.9



$

333.0







Comparable gross profit


$

64.4



$

64.1


Comparable gross margin percentage


18.8

%


19.2

%






Comparable funeral services performed:





Preneed


21,028



21,521


Atneed


37,513



38,452


Total


58,541



59,973







Comparable average revenue per funeral service


$

5,432



$

5,194


Comparable preneed funeral production:





Sales


$

138.4



$

128.1


Total preneed funeral contracts sold


24,872



23,868


Average revenue per contract sold


$

5,564



$

5,367



(1)

Other funeral revenue consists primarily of GA revenues, which are commissions we receive from third-party insurance companies for life insurance policies or annuities sold to preneed customers for the purpose of funding preneed funeral arrangements.

  • Comparable funeral revenues increased $8.9 million in the current quarter, driven by higher average revenue per funeral service, higher GA revenues and a favorable Canadian currency impact, partially offset by a decrease in the number of funeral services performed.
  • Comparable funeral gross profit increased $0.3 million compared to the prior year quarter, while gross margin percentage decreased from 19.2% to 18.8% as a result of a stronger Canadian dollar and higher selling compensation costs associated with increased preneed funeral sales production. Additionally, we incurred higher advertising and selling expenses related to lead generation activities. The revenues associated with preneed funeral sales are deferred and recognized in the future when the funeral service is performed; however, costs to produce these sales are expensed as incurred.
  • Comparable funeral services performed decreased 2.4% over the prior year quarter, which we believe is consistent with trends experienced by other funeral service providers and industry vendors.
  • The comparable average revenue per funeral service grew 4.6% over the prior year quarter. Excluding a favorable Canadian currency impact and higher funeral trust fund income, the average revenue per funeral service grew 2.9% despite a 270 basis point increase in the cremation rate.
  • The cremation rate increased to 44.6% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to 41.9% for the same period of 2010.
  • Comparable preneed funeral sales production increased $10.3 million, or 8.0% and comparable total funeral contracts sold increased 4.2% while average revenue per contract sold increased 3.7%. Preneed funeral sales are deferred and recognized as revenues in the future when the funeral service is performed.

Comparable Cemetery Results

The table below details comparable cemetery results of operations ("same store") for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. We consider comparable operations to be those owned for the entire period beginning January 1, 2010 and ending September 30, 2011.


(Dollars in millions)


Three Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010

Comparable cemetery revenue:





Atneed revenue


$

57.3



$

57.5


Recognized preneed revenue


105.5



93.8


Other cemetery revenue(1)


24.0



20.4


Total comparable cemetery revenues


$

186.8



$

171.7







Comparable gross profit


$

38.0



$

33.4


Comparable gross margin percentage


20.3

%


19.5

%






Comparable preneed and atneed cemetery sales production:





Property


$

101.2



$

80.3


Merchandise and services


90.7



84.7


Discounts


(19.7)



(14.3)


Preneed and atneed cemetery sales production


$

172.2



$

150.7


Recognition rate (2)


95

%


100

%


(1)

Other cemetery revenue is primarily related to cemetery merchandise and service trust fund income, endowment care trust fund income, royalty income, and interest and finance charges earned from customer receivables on preneed installment contracts.

(2)

Represents the ratio of current period revenue recognition stated as a percentage of current period sales production.

  • Comparable cemetery revenues increased $15.1 million, or 8.8%, primarily as a result of higher cemetery preneed property sales production. We also recognized $3.5 million in other cemetery revenue that was earned through a property rights easement negotiated at one of our cemeteries.
  • Cemetery gross profit increased $4.6 million, or 13.8%, and the gross margin percentage increased to 20.3% compared to 19.5% in 2010. The increase in revenues was partially offset by higher advertising and selling expenses related to current quarter preneed sales initiatives.
  • Preneed and atneed cemetery sales production increased $21.5 million, or 14.3%. In U.S. markets, preneed and atneed cemetery sales production grew 9.3%.

Other Financial Results

  • General and administrative expenses:




Three Months Ended

September 30,

(Dollars in millions)


2011


2010

General and administrative expenses


$

23.9



$

26.9


Less: Acquisition and transition costs


(0.6)



(2.2)


Adjusted General and administrative expenses


$

23.3



$

24.7



  • General and administrative expenses excluding acquisition and transition costs were $23.3 million, a decrease of $1.4 million quarter over quarter primarily resulting from a reduction in net legal costs partially offset by an increase in incentive compensation expenses.
  • Effective tax rate:




Three Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010

GAAP effective tax rate


20.5

%


34.7

%

Effective tax rate for Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items


34.7

%


32.5

%


  • In both the third quarters of 2011 and 2010, the difference between the GAAP effective tax rates and the effective tax rates for earnings from continuing operations excluding special items primarily relates to differences between the tax basis and the book basis of asset dispositions, as well as the non-deductibility of certain acquisition costs.

Cash Flow and Capital Spending

  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased by $35.7 million to $115.8 million in the third quarter of the current year. The current quarter benefited from higher cash receipts associated with atneed funeral revenues and strong preneed cemetery production, and lower payments for cash taxes and cash interest.
  • We continued to manage our capital expenditures consistent with our financial objectives during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011. A summary of our capital expenditures is set forth below:



Capital Expenditures (In millions)


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010


2011


2010

Capital improvements at existing locations


$

14.8



$

15.1



$

48.0



$

40.0


Development of cemetery property


11.5



9.8



30.3



24.5


Construction of new funeral home facilities


2.5



0.9



7.6



2.9


Total capital expenditures


$

28.8



$

25.8



$

85.9



$

67.4



TRUST FUND RETURNS

Total trust fund returns include realized and unrealized gains and losses and dividends. A summary of our consolidated trust fund returns for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 is set forth below:




Three Months


Nine Months

Preneed Funeral


(8.8)

%


(5.3)

%

Preneed Cemetery


(9.4)

%


(5.5)

%

Cemetery Perpetual Care


(3.1)

%


0.8

%

Combined Trust Funds


(7.2)

%


(3.3)

%


OUTLOOK FOR REMAINDER OF 2011 AND 2012

Our outlook for potential earnings and cash flow in the fourth quarter and full year of 2011 as well as our initial outlook for fiscal 2012 is as follows:


(In millions, except per share amounts)


4th Qtr 2011

Outlook


Updated 2011

Outlook


2012 Outlook

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items(1)


$.16 to $.19


$.62 to $.65


$.66 to $.74

Net cash provided by operating activities excluding special items(1)


$75 to $95


$370 to $390


$375 to $425

Capital improvements at existing facilities and cemetery development expenditures


Approx. $25


Approx. $105


$95 to $105


(1)

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items and Net cash provided by operating activities excluding special items are non-GAAP financial measures. We normally reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to diluted earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities; however, diluted earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities calculated in accordance with GAAP are not currently accessible on a forward-looking basis. Our outlook for 2011 and 2012 excludes the following because this information is not currently available for the remainder of 2011 and for 2012: Gains or losses associated with asset divestitures, gains or losses associated with the early extinguishment of debt, potential tax reserve adjustments and/or cash taxes, acquisition and transition costs, and potential costs associated with settlements of litigation or the recognition of receivables for insurance recoveries associated with litigation. The foregoing items, especially gains or losses associated with asset divestitures and tax reserve adjustments, could materially impact our forward-looking diluted EPS and/or net cash provided by operating activities calculated in accordance with GAAP, consistent with the historical disclosures found in this press release under the heading "Non-GAAP financial measures".

This outlook reflects management's current views and estimates regarding future economic and financial market conditions, company performance and financial results, business prospects, the competitive environment and other events. This outlook is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of SCI, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results highlighted above. A further list and description of these risks and uncertainties and other matters can be found later in this press release under "Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements".

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items shown above are all non-GAAP financial measures. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide a consistent basis for comparison between quarters and better reflect the performance of our core operations, as they are not influenced by certain income or expense items not affecting continuing operations. We also believe these measures help facilitate comparisons to our competitors' operating results.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of earnings from continuing operations excluding special items to our reported net income attributable to common stockholders and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items to our GAAP diluted earnings per share. We do not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.



Three Months Ended September 30,

(In millions, except diluted EPS)

2011


2010


Net

Income

Diluted

EPS


Net

Income

Diluted

EPS

Net income attributable to common stockholders, as reported

$

35.5


$

0.15



$

18.8


$

0.08


After-tax reconciling items:






(Gains) losses on divestitures and impairment charges, net

(3.8)


(0.02)



8.5


0.03


Acquisition and transition costs

0.3


--



1.8


0.01


Losses on early extinguishment of debt, net

0.9


0.01



5.3


0.02


Change in certain tax reserves

0.9


--



(2.5)


(0.01)


Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items

$

33.8


$

0.14



$

31.9


$

0.13








Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands)


235,513




247,523





Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In millions, except diluted EPS)

2011


2010


Net

Income

Diluted

EPS


Net

Income

Diluted

EPS

Net income attributable to common stockholders, as reported

$

100.4


$

0.42



$

90.0


$

0.36


After-tax reconciling items:






(Gains) losses on divestitures and impairment charges, net

3.0


0.01



3.2


0.01


Acquisition and transition costs

1.3


0.01



6.4


0.02


Losses on early extinguishment of debt, net

2.2


0.01



5.5


0.02


Change in certain tax reserves

2.7


0.01



(1.1)


--


Earnings from continuing operations excluding special items

$

109.6


$

0.46



$

104.0


$

0.41








Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands)


239,528




252,486



Conference Call and Webcast

We will host a conference call on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. A question and answer session will follow a brief presentation made by management. The conference call dial-in number is (617) 786-4511 with the passcode of 57546769. The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Internet and can be accessed through our website at www.sci-corp.com. A replay of the conference call will be available through November 10, 2011 and can be accessed at (617) 801-6888 with the passcode of 92111856. Additionally, a replay of the conference call will be available on our website for approximately ninety days.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be accompanied by words such as "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect," "anticipate" or "predict," that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. These statements are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable; however, many important factors could cause our actual results in the future to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein and in any other documents or oral presentations made by us, or on our behalf. Important factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

  • Changes in general economic conditions, both domestically and internationally, impacting financial markets (e.g., marketable security values, access to capital markets, as well as currency and interest rate fluctuations) that could negatively affect us, particularly, but not limited to, levels of trust fund income, interest expense, and negative currency translation effects.
  • Changes in operating conditions such as supply disruptions and labor disputes.
  • Our inability to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements or earnings growth anticipated by management, whether due to significant increases in energy costs (e.g., electricity, natural gas and fuel oil), costs of other materials, employee-related costs or other factors.
  • Our inability to complete acquisitions, divestitures or strategic alliances as planned or to realize expected synergies and strategic benefits.
  • The outcomes of pending lawsuits, proceedings, and claims against us and the possibility that insurance coverage is deemed not to apply to these matters or that an insurance carrier is unable to pay any covered amounts to us.
  • Allegations regarding compliance with laws, regulations, industry standards, and customs regarding burial procedures and practices.
  • The amounts payable by us with respect to our outstanding legal matters exceed our established reserves.
  • Amounts that we may be required to replenish into our affiliated funeral and cemetery trust funds in order to meet minimum funding requirements.
  • The outcome of pending Internal Revenue Service audits. We maintain accruals for tax liabilities which relate to uncertain tax matters. If these tax matters are unfavorably resolved, we will make any required payments to tax authorities. While such payments would affect our cash flow, we do not believe it would impair our ability to service debt or our overall liquidity. If these tax matters are favorably resolved, the accruals maintained by us will no longer be required, and these amounts will be reversed through the tax provision at the time of resolution.
  • Our ability to manage changes in consumer demand and/or pricing for our products and services due to several factors, such as changes in numbers of deaths, cremation rates, competitive pressures, and local economic conditions.
  • Changes in domestic and international political and/or regulatory environments in which we operate, including potential changes in tax, accounting, and trusting policies.
  • Changes in credit relationships impacting the availability of credit and the general availability of credit in the marketplace.
  • Our ability to successfully access surety and insurance markets at a reasonable cost.
  • Our ability to successfully leverage our substantial purchasing power with certain of our vendors.
  • The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, and our ability to certify the effectiveness of the internal controls and to obtain an unqualified attestation report of our auditors regarding the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.
  • The possibility that restrictive covenants in our credit agreement and debt securities may prevent us from engaging in certain transactions.
  • Our ability to buy our common stock under our share repurchase programs, which could be impacted by, among others, restrictive covenants in our bank agreements, unfavorable market conditions, the market price of our common stock, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to us from time to time, and the availability of funds necessary to continue purchasing common stock.
  • The financial condition of third-party insurance companies that fund our preneed funeral contracts may impact our future revenues.
  • Declines in overall economic conditions beyond our control could reduce future potential earnings and cash flows and could result in future goodwill impairments.
  • Our funeral and cemetery trust funds' investments in equity securities, fixed income securities, and mutual funds and will be impacted by market conditions that are beyond our control.

For further information on these and other risks and uncertainties, see our Securities and Exchange Commission filings included in our 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed February 14, 2011. Copies of this document as well as other SEC filings can be obtained from our website at www.sci-corp.com. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by us, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's leading provider of deathcare products and services. At September 30, 2011, we owned and operated 1,427 funeral homes and 374 cemeteries (of which 214 are combination locations) in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia. Through our businesses, we market the Dignity Memorial® brand which offers assurance of quality, value, caring service, and exceptional customer satisfaction. For more information about Service Corporation International, please visit our website at www.sci-corp.com. For more information about Dignity Memorial®, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com.


For additional information contact:



Investors:


Debbie Young - Director / Investor Relations


(713) 525-9088

Media:


Lisa Marshall - Managing Director / Corporate Communications


(713) 525-3066


SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2011


2010


2011


2010

Revenues


$

572,999



$

533,165



$

1,729,472



$

1,619,301


Costs and expenses


(465,949)



(430,518)



(1,380,953)



(1,294,998)


Gross profit


107,050



102,647



348,519



324,303


General and administrative expenses


(23,863)



(26,860)



(77,381)



(80,086)


(Losses) gains on divestitures and impairment charges, net


(5,001)



(7,291)



(15,264)



5,831


Operating income


78,186



68,496



255,874



250,048


Interest expense


(33,038)



(31,497)



(100,476)



(96,281)


Losses on early extinguishment of debt, net


(1,355)



(9,066)



(3,504)



(9,357)


Other income, net


249



688



969



3,077


Income from continuing operations before income taxes


44,042



28,621



152,863



147,487


Provision for income taxes


(9,027)



(9,941)



(51,181)



(57,255)


Net income


35,015



18,680



101,682



90,232


Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests


481



85



(1,329)



(270)


Net income attributable to common stockholders


$

35,496



$

18,765



$

100,353



$

89,962











Basic earnings per share


$0.15



$0.08



$0.42



$0.36


Diluted earnings per share


$0.15



$0.08



$0.42



$0.36











Basic weighted average number of shares


232,917



246,214



237,037



250,762


Diluted weighted average number of shares


235,513



247,523



239,528



252,486



SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except share amounts)



September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$

127,037


$

170,846


Receivables, net

89,899


107,185


Deferred tax asset

43,542


41,371


Inventories

26,494


34,770


Other

21,458


27,746


Total current assets

308,430


381,918


Preneed funeral receivables, net and trust investments

1,456,130


1,424,557


Preneed cemetery receivables, net and trust investments

1,513,723


1,563,893


Cemetery property, at cost

1,499,203


1,508,787


Property and equipment, net

1,627,799


1,627,698


Goodwill

1,337,587


1,307,484


Deferred charges and other assets

454,168


389,184


Cemetery perpetual care trust investments

974,266


987,019



$

9,171,306


$

9,190,540


LIABILITIES & EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

351,235


$

342,651


Current maturities of long-term debt

23,685


22,502


Income taxes

2,957


1,474


Total current liabilities

377,877


366,627


Long-term debt

1,863,899


1,832,380


Deferred preneed funeral revenues

575,207


580,223


Deferred preneed cemetery revenues

835,121


813,493


Deferred tax liability

379,930


323,304


Other liabilities

410,937


399,619


Deferred preneed funeral and cemetery receipts held in trust

2,336,160


2,408,074


Care trusts' corpus

971,926


986,872





Stockholders' Equity:



Common stock, $1 per share par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized,

243,767,641 and 242,019,650 shares issued, respectively, and 227,998,397

and 241,035,250 shares outstanding, respectively

227,998


241,035


Capital in excess of par value

1,471,599


1,603,112


Accumulated deficit

(398,997)


(477,459)


Accumulated other comprehensive income

99,552


112,768


Total common stockholders' equity

1,400,152


1,479,456


Noncontrolling interests

20,097


492


Total Equity

1,420,249


1,479,948



$

9,171,306


$

9,190,540



SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands)



Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2011


2010

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

101,682



$

90,232


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Losses on early extinguishment of debt, net

3,504



9,357


Depreciation and amortization

88,363



87,676


Amortization of intangible assets

19,497



18,816


Amortization of cemetery property

27,889



23,438


Amortization of loan costs

3,259



3,223


Provision for doubtful accounts

6,431



4,137


Provision for deferred income taxes

40,038



39,273


Losses (gains) on divestitures and impairment charges, net

15,264



(5,831)


Share-based compensation

6,843



6,714


Excess tax benefit from share-based awards

--



(831)


Change in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions and divestitures:




Decrease in receivables

13,583



6,793


Decrease (increase) in other assets

2,560



(1,094)


Increase in payables and other liabilities

7,808



7,687


Effect of preneed funeral production and maturities:




Decrease in preneed funeral receivables, net and trust investments

47,263



30,434


Decrease in deferred preneed funeral revenue

(30,724)



(4,218)


Decrease in deferred preneed funeral receipts held in trust

(33,203)



(27,240)


Effect of cemetery production and deliveries:




Increase in preneed cemetery receivables, net and trust investments

(47,977)



(29,849)


Increase in deferred preneed cemetery revenue

26,502



7,369


(Decrease) increase in deferred preneed cemetery receipts held in trust

(6,280)



1,496


Other

(989)



(1,471)


Net cash provided by operating activities

291,313



266,111


Cash flows from investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(85,936)



(67,443)


Acquisitions

(97,473)



(281,800)


Proceeds from divestitures and sales of property and equipment, net

15,233



82,866


Net withdrawals of restricted funds and other

956



26,440


Net cash used in investing activities

(167,220)



(239,937)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt

65,000



245,000


Debt issuance costs

--



(6,203)


Payments of debt

(2,169)



(32,398)


Early extinguishment of debt

(43,089)



(118,562)


Principal payments on capital leases

(17,186)



(40,716)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options

7,694



1,469


Excess tax benefit from share-based awards

--



831


Purchase of Company common stock

(146,590)



(86,871)


Payments of dividends

(33,395)



(30,224)


Bank overdrafts and other

3,573



(5,655)


Net cash used in by financing activities

(166,162)



(73,329)


Effect of foreign currency

(1,740)



3,223


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(43,809)



(43,932)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

170,846



179,745


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

127,037



$

135,813



SOURCE Service Corporation International