Service Corp.CEO says 'we are encouraged as we start off 2019'
Tom Ryan, the company's Chairman and CEO said, "We are encouraged as we start off 2019 on par with prior year earnings per share results as we faced a challenging funeral profit comparison driven by a strong flu season in the prior year quarter. Increases in both our cemetery and funeral preneed sales programs, effective management of our fixed costs, and a lower tax rate helped to offset the funeral revenue deficit. I want to thank our 24,000 associates for their hard work and dedication. Their continued commitment to delivering extraordinary service to client families is what sets us apart from others in the industry. Our outlook is positive as we look forward to the remainder of 2019. We will continue to build on this first quarter momentum and believe we are well positioned to achieve results within the guidance ranges we communicated to you in February. Lastly, we continue to believe in our long term growth strategy of growing revenues, leveraging our unparalled scale and deploying our capital wisely to enhance shareholder value."