Carriage Services Announces Record 2015 Annual Results, Record Field Operating Results And Record Managing Partner Bonuses, Raises Rolling Four Quarter Outlook

16 Feb, 2016, 16:30 ET from Carriage Services, Inc.

HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE: CSV) today announced record results for the year ending December 31, 2015, as highlighted below:

Year Ended December 31, 2015

  • Total Revenue of $242.5 million, an increase of 7.2%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA of $71.1 million, an increase of 15.4%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin up 200 basis points to 29.3%;
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share of $1.48, an increase of 10.4%;
  • Adjusted Net Profit Margin up 30 basis points to 11.3%; and
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $43.7 million, an increase of 13.0%.

Three Months Ended December 31, 2015

  • Total Revenue of $61.6 million, an increase of 3.7%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA of $17.8 million, an increase of 4.6%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin up 30 basis points to 29.0%;
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.39, an increase of 2.6%;
  • Adjusted Net Profit Margin down 60 basis points to 11.1%; and
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $4.9 million, a decrease of 33.4%.

Mel Payne, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We finished amazingly strong in the fourth quarter against a tough comparison last year, which made full year 2015 a Company and industry high performance for the record books consistent with our annual Good To Great theme of "Carriage Services 2015: High Performance through Passion and Partnership!" We achieved Total Revenue growth of 7.2% to $242.5 million, Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA growth of 15.4% to $71.1 million, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share growth of 10.4% to $1.48 and Adjusted Free Cash Flow growth of 13.0% to $43.7 million. Excluding a one-time $1.7 million tax benefit in the third quarter of 2014, equal to $0.10 per share, our Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share grew 19.4% in 2015.

Our cash earning power per dollar of revenue, which we define as Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin, increased dramatically by 200 basis points to 29.3%, primarily due to a record Field EBITDA performance which increased 12.4% or $11.2 million and Field EBITDA Margin which increased 190 basis points to 41.9%. Total Overhead for the full year was essentially flat but declined 80 basis points to 14.3% of Total Revenue.

We believe that the achievement of an Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin of 29.3% in 2015 is a level that has never been reached in the over fifty year history of deathcare consolidation by any mature, public company using current accounting methodology, confirming our conviction that Carriage has evolved over the last twelve years into a superior consolidation, operating and value creation platform for the funeral and cemetery industry.

Our record 2015 performance reflected outstanding execution of our three models, particularly our Standards Operating Model for funeral homes and cemeteries, made possible by high performance 4E Leaders and employees in our portfolio of businesses and home office support teams. The outstanding execution of our operating models produced record financial performance which was fueled by substantial contributions from both the Funeral and Cemetery Same Store and Acquisition segments with growth rates in Field EBITDA greater than respective growth rates in revenue because of broadly increasing Field EBITDA Margins across the portfolio. As reflected in our highly transparent Trend Reports for the full year 2015, Same Store Funeral Revenue rose 3.3% (Same Store Funeral EBITDA 8.3%), Same Store Cemetery Revenue rose 5.0% (Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA 18.6%), Acquisition (acquisitions since 2010) Funeral Revenue rose 21.4% (Acquisition Funeral Field EBITDA 28.9%), and Acquisition Cemetery Revenue rose 107.7% (Acquisition Cemetery Field EBITDA 210.0%). Our Recognized Financial Revenue from funeral and cemetery operations, primarily investment income from preneed trusts which we report separately from funeral and cemetery pure operating revenue for purposes of transparency, increased 2.4% (Recognized Financial EBITDA 2.3%), but was still a substantial contributor to our growing earning power over time.

Our Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $43.7 million for 2015 rose 13.0% over 2014 and was equivalent to $2.38 per GAAP diluted share, producing a Free Cash Flow Equity Yield of about 11.6% at our current price of $20.60. During May and September 2015, our Board of Directors approved the repurchase of up to an aggregate of $45 million of the Company's common stock. The repurchases through year end 2015 totaled 1.9 million shares at an aggregate cost of $45 million and average cost per share of $23.34, which represented about 10.4% of our previous shares outstanding. On a pro forma basis to December 31, 2015, our Free Cash Flow per share with the lower share count would have been $2.63 for 2015, offering current shareholders a Free Cash Flow Equity Yield of 12.8%.

Based on the acceleration of our earnings and Adjusted Free Cash Flow growth in 2015 and a materially lower share count for 2016, we are raising our Rolling Four Quarter Outlook of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share by $0.04 to a range of $1.69 - $1.73 for the period ending December 31, 2016 (does not include any acquisitions). We expect to make several high quality acquisitions this year and will include them in our Rolling Four Quarter Outlook when we have a signed LOI and have an expected closing within 90 days. Our modestly raised Rolling Four Quarter Outlook takes into consideration the likely negative impact on our reported trust earnings from the currently volatile and declining equity and fixed income markets. However, we do not believe these market conditions and any realized losses while we execute a relative value repositioning strategy will materially impair the normalized, increasing and sustainable earning power of our Company in the future, as has been the case in the past including 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Because of the historically high Field EBITDA performance in the fourth quarter (up $2.6 million equal to 10.6% on a revenue increase of 3.7%) and full year (up $11.2 million equal to 12.4% on a revenue increase of 7.2%), we were honored to "Pay for Full Year High Performance" by increasing our fourth quarter incentive compensation component of Variable Overhead by $1.5 million (about 5 cents per share) compared to the prior year. Two-thirds of the increase will be paid to a large group of High Performance Hero Managing Partners and their employees in High Standards Achievement local businesses in our portfolio.

The key driver under our unique decentralized high performance culture framework and Being The Best / Good To Great Managing Partner incentive programs is full year Being The Best Standards Achievement, determined in January 2016 for full year 2015, which produced a record bonus payout for our Managing Partners and their employees. Moreover, the incentive accrual increase in the fourth quarter also took into consideration that the first five year Good To Great long term value creation incentives (program began January 1, 2012) will be paid after 2016 to those Managing Partners that achieve a high percentage of Being the Best Standards over five full years while also growing revenue at a compound rate in excess of 2% annually. We believe that recognition of High Performance Heroes is the highest form of motivation for top talent and that generous financial reward after high performance is produced and sustained creates a high performance culture Company and reputation that attracts not only more top talent but top quality businesses as well. Simply put, we believe "best in class" talent and businesses have a naturally strong need to affiliate with other "best in class" talent and businesses.

We ended 2015 with nine members on our Operations and Strategic Growth Leadership Team (OSGLT) compared to fifteen as recently as May 2015. This senior leadership team has had twenty three members since the launch of our Good To Great Journey at the beginning of 2012, but the cultural fit related to the 4E Leadership High Performance characteristics necessary to effectively execute our three models individually and as collaborative teams  simply was not there for most of those who are no longer on the OSGLT. The really good news is that the remaining team of seven younger senior leaders plus Dave and me are completely aligned around the idea of One Team, One Vision, so the significant turnover on this team is over and will result in much less "add-back noise" in  our Non-GAAP performance reporting so that over 2016 and thereafter our Non-GAAP and GAAP  results will begin to converge. The other good news is that our Total Overhead should decline over time as a percent of Total Revenue because our two fixed components are now more stable and relatively fixed yet efficient and effective, allowing us to operate at a high level of performance while leveraging growth by acquisition over the Carriage consolidation platform. Our variable overhead component should increase over time based on earned performance bonuses from our "Pay for High Performance" Being The Best / Good To Great incentive plans.

In November, we announced the acquisition of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in North Carolina, which serves over 320 families per year and expands Carriage's presence in an attractive strategic market. We made two high quality funeral home acquisitions during 2015 consistent with our Ten Year Vision and focus on acquiring "best in class" funeral homes and cemetery businesses as a core strategy to grow revenues and earnings over time through  the disciplined execution of our Strategic Acquisition Model. Based on the attractive industry landscape and our corporate development communications and relationship building program targeted at the top remaining independents in the best strategic markets, we are highly confident about our ability to grow consistent with our Ten Year Vision by affiliating with really good franchises that will get even better within the Carriage High Performance Culture Framework.

A week ago we finalized our 7th amendment to our bank Credit Facility which resulted in reducing our LIBOR based variable interest rate 37.5 basis points, extending maturity another 5 years to 2021 which coincides with the maturity of our Convertible Notes, resetting the term loan to $150 million and reducing the size of the revolver to $150 million while upsizing the accordion to $75 million. We ended 2015 with record debt service performance metrics supporting a total leverage ratio of 5.0x, the upper limit of how we intend to manage our balance sheet while maintaining a significant capacity for financial flexibility over the next five years. Our highly selective growth strategy by acquisition can be mostly self-financed from Free Cash Flow over the next five years while producing a total leverage ratio that will trend down from 5.0x currently to about 4.0 times by 2020 if not sooner.

As we entered 2012, we established extraordinarily challenging goals over the five year period ending with 2016, consistent with the five year theme of taking Carriage from a Good company in 2012 to one considered Great by 2016 based on total equity market value growth and total shareholder returns over time, which including dividends has been 342% over the last four years ending December 31, 2015. As summarized below, since we launched the Carriage Good To Great Journey at the end of 2011, our performance has been extraordinary and produced market beating shareholder returns:

Carriage Good To Great Journey

Years Ending December 31

(in Millions Except Per Share and Percentage Amounts)

CAGR

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

%

Total Revenue

$

182.3

$

198.2

$

213.1

$

226.1

$

242.5

7.4

%

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$

48.6

$

52.6

$

56.0

$

61.7

$

71.1

10.0

%

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin

26.6

%

26.5

%

26.3

%

27.3

%

29.3

%

2.4

%

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.64

$

0.80

$

0.98

$  1.24(1)

$

1.48

23.3

%

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

$

29.1

$

22.9

$

36.2

$

38.6

$

43.7

10.7

%

Share Price at December 31

$

5.60

$

11.87

$

19.53

$

20.95

$

24.10

44.0

%

(1) Adjusted for one time tax benefit of 10 cents per share

 

Our yearly theme for 2016, "Carriage Services 2016: We Choose To Be Great!", speaks to the confidence we have in our Field Operations and Support leaders and employees to effectively execute our models individually and as teams so as to bring "Being The Best" distinction upon themselves and our company. As we enter the fifth year of the first five year timeframe of the Carriage Good To Great Journey that never ends, we are committed more than ever to achieve the second element of our Ten Year Vision, which was only recently added to our Mission of Being The Best and is highlighted below," concluded Mr. Payne.

Become recognized by institutional investors and those in our industry as a superior Consolidation, Operating and Value Creation Investment Platform by consistently allocating our precious capital, especially our growing Free Cash Flow, with disciplined savviness and flexibility among various investment options so as to maximize the intrinsic value of Carriage per share over the next ten years.

FIELD OPERATIONS

For the Year Ended December 31, 2015 compared to Year Ended December 31, 2014

  • Total Field Revenue increased 7.2% to $242.5 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA increased 12.4% to $101.5 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA Margin increased 190 basis points to 41.9%;
  • Total Funeral Operating Revenue increased 7.4% to $176.4 million;
  • Same Store Funeral Revenue increased 3.3% with same store volume increasing 0.9%;
  • Acquisition Funeral Revenue increased 21.4% with acquisition volume increasing 15.6%;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA increased 13.0% to $68.3 million;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin increased 190 basis points to 38.7%;
  • Total Cemetery Operating Revenue increased 8.9% to $46.7 million;
  • Cemetery preneed property sale contracts increased 9.6% to 8,121;
  • Preneed property revenue recognized increased 13.3% and At-need revenue increased 4.2%;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA increased 24.1% to $15.1 million;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin increased 390 basis points to 32.4%;
  • Total Financial Revenue increased 2.4% to $19.5 million;
  • Funeral Financial Revenue remained flat at $9.5 million;
  • Cemetery Financial Revenue increased 5.2% to $10.0 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA increased 2.3% to $18.1 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA Margin decreased 10 basis points to 92.9%.

Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 compared to Three Months Ended December 31, 2014

  • Total Field Revenue increased 3.7% to $61.6 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA increased 10.6% to $27.2 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA Margin increased 280 basis points to 44.1%;
  • Total Funeral Operating Revenue increased 2.8% to $44.7 million;
  • Same Store Funeral Revenue increased 2.0% with same store volume decreasing 0.4%;
  • Acquisition Funeral Revenue increased 5.1% with acquisition volume decreasing 1.7%;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA increased 8.8% to $18.2 million;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin increased 220 basis points to 40.8%;
  • Total Cemetery Operating Revenue increased 6.1% to $11.9 million;
  • Cemetery pre-need property sale contracts increased 1.7% to 1,930;
  • Preneed property revenue recognized increased 8.3% and At-need revenue increased 3.2%;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA increased 22.8% to $4.2 million;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin increased 480 basis points to 35.2%;
  • Total Financial Revenue increased 6.2% to $5.0 million;
  • Funeral Financial Revenue increased 3.0% to $2.4 million;
  • Cemetery Financial Revenue increased 9.4% to $2.6 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA increased 7.9% to $4.7 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA Margin increased 140 basis points to 93.6%.

ADJUSTED FREE CASH FLOW

We produced Adjusted Free Cash Flow from operations for the three months and years ended December 31, 2015 of $4.9 million and $43.7 million, respectively, compared to Adjusted Free Cash Flow from operations of $7.3 million and $38.6 million for the corresponding periods in 2014. A reconciliation of Cash Flow Provided by Operations to Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 is as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Cash flow provided by operations

$

8,915

$

6,916

$

36,565

$

49,904

Cash used for maintenance capital expenditures

(1,904)

(2,795)

(7,212)

(9,735)

Free Cash Flow

$

7,011

$

4,121

$

29,353

$

40,169

Plus: Incremental Special Items:

Adjustment for tax benefit from Good To Great stock awards

4,815

Acquisition and divestiture expenses

74

37

1,158

614

Severance costs

153

151

1,056

959

Consulting fees

62

555

419

1,913

Other incentive compensation

1,000

Premium paid for the redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

847

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

$

7,300

$

4,864

$

38,648

$

43,655

 

ROLLING FOUR QUARTER OUTLOOK

The Rolling Four Quarter Outlook ("Outlook") reflects management's opinion on the performance of the portfolio of existing businesses, including performance of existing trusts, and excludes size and timing of acquisitions for the Rolling Four Quarter Outlook period ending December 31, 2016 unless we have a signed Letter of Intent and high likelihood of a closing within 90 days. This Outlook is not intended to be management estimates or forecasts of our future performance, as we believe such precise rolling estimates will be precisely wrong all the time. Rather our intent and goal is to reflect a "roughly right range" most of the time of future Rolling Four Quarter Outlook performance as we execute our Standards Operating, Strategic Acquisition and 4E Leadership Models over time.

ROLLING FOUR QUARTER OUTLOOK – Period Ending December 31, 2016

Range

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Revenues

$249 - $253

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$73 - $77

Adjusted Net Income

$29 - $31

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share(1)

$1.69 - $1.73

 

Factors affecting our analysis include, among others, funeral contract volumes, average revenue per funeral service, cemetery interment volumes, preneed cemetery sales, capital expenditures, execution of our funeral and cemetery Standards Operating Model, Withdrawable Trust Income, market volatility and changes in Federal Reserve monetary policy. Revenues, Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share for the four quarter period ending December 31, 2016 are expected to improve relative to the trailing four quarter period ending December 31, 2015 due to increases in our existing Funeral Home and Cemetery portfolio and modest decreases in overhead as a percentage of revenue.

(1)

The Rolling Four Quarter Outlook on Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share does not include any changes to our fully diluted share count that could occur related to additional share repurchases or a stock price increase and EPS dilution calculations related to our convertible subordinated notes and outstanding and exercisable stock options.

 

TRUST FUND PERFORMANCE

For the year ended December 31, 2015, Carriage's discretionary trust funds returned (3.1%) versus (2.9%) for the 70/30 index benchmark. The overall performance year-to-date was affected by weakness in the equity and fixed income markets, and as a result negatively impacted Carriage's discretionary equity and fixed income portfolio, especially our high yield and 10 year warrant portfolio of five "Too Big To Fail" banks and insurance companies.

This underperformance led to approximately $23 million of unrealized losses in our discretionary trust portfolios through year end 2015, which has subsequently increased during the first quarter.  We have developed and are implementing an investment portfolio relative value repositioning strategy biased toward fixed income sectors that we believe have been oversold and mispriced relative to risk and offer attractive recurring income at currently discounted prices, similar to our executed strategies in 2008/2009 and 2011.  This repositioning will lead to realized losses within the investment portfolio over the first half of the year as we redeploy capital to higher relative value opportunities, and under our current assumptions will also lead to declines in our reported Preneed Trust Earnings and Withdrawable Trust Income in 2016 versus 2015. The year over year decline in our trust fund earnings estimates are included in our rolling four quarter outlook, which reflects a midpoint Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.71 in 2016 versus $1.48 in 2015 (15.5% increase) and does not reflect a material decline in Carriage's earning power as a result of the volatile market environment or realization of losses during the  execution of our repositioning strategy.

The long term average life of our preneed funeral and cemetery trust contracts, 11 and 15 years respectively, along with our repositioning strategy will mitigate the negative impact to our financial revenue in future years.  Based on our analysis, even after this repositioning strategy, our trust funds will remain in an overfunded position and the average revenue per preneed trust contract will still be higher than our current averages.  This is due to approximately $110 million in capital gains and interest income (net of fees and taxes) we have earned in our discretionary trusts since 2009.

Shown below are consolidated performance metrics for the combined trust fund portfolios (preneed funeral, cemetery merchandise and services and cemetery perpetual care) at key dates.

 

Investment Performance

Investment Performance(1)

Index Performance

Discretionary

Total Trust

S&P 500 Stock Index

High Yield Index

70/30 index Benchmark(2)

1 year ended 12/31/15

(3.1)%

(2.7)%

1.4%

(4.7)%

(2.9)%

2 years ended 12/31/15

5.0%

5.0%

15.2%

(2.3)%

3.0%

3 years ended 12/31/15

20.0%

19.4%

52.5%

5.0%

19.3%

4 years ended 12/31/15

44.4%

39.9%

76.9%

21.4%

38.0%

5 years ended 12/31/15

40.2%

37.2%

80.6%

26.7%

42.8%

(1)

Investment performance includes realized income and unrealized appreciation (depreciation).

(2)

The 70/30 Benchmark is 70% weighted to the High Yield Index and 30% weighted to the S&P 500 Stock Index.

 

Asset Allocation as of December 31, 2015 (in thousands)

Discretionary Trust Funds

Total Trust Funds

Asset Class

MV

%

MV

%

Cash

$

22,352

12

%

$

38,431

18

%

Equities

47,235

26

%

49,820

24

%

Fixed Income(1)

108,135

60

%

119,157

56

%

Other/Insurance

3,420

2

%

3,612

2

%

Total Portfolios

$

181,142

100

%

$

211,020

100

%

(1)

Discretionary Trust - Fixed Income Portfolio Profile

 

Industry/Sector

%

Communications

9.5%

Consumer

11.1%

Energy

7.1%

Financial

48.3%

Government

1.0%

Industrial

0.8%

Media

10.5%

Technology

3.2%

Utilities

8.5%

Total

100%

 

CONFERENCE CALL AND INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT

Carriage Services has scheduled a conference call for tomorrow, February 17, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. central time. To participate in the call, please dial 866-516-3867 (ID-28690356) and ask for the Carriage Services conference call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through February 21, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (ID-28690356). The conference call will also be available at www.carriageservices.com. For any investor relations questions, please contact Viki Blinderman at 713-332-8568 or Ben Brink at 713-332-8441 or email InvestorRelations@carriageservices.com.

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL TREND REPORT

FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (IN THOUSANDS - EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Years Ended December 31,

2014

2015

% Change

2014

2015

% Change

Same Store Contracts

Atneed Contracts

5,056

5,082

0.5

%

20,046

20,223

0.9

%

Preneed Contracts

1,287

1,238

-3.8

%

4,994

5,047

1.1

%

Total Same Store Funeral Contracts

6,343

6,320

-0.4

%

25,040

25,270

0.9

%

Acquisition Contracts

Atneed Contracts

1,601

1,566

-2.2

%

5,347

6,076

13.6

%

Preneed Contracts

293

296

1.0

%

1,015

1,281

26.2

%

Total Acquisition Funeral Contracts

1,894

1,862

-1.7

%

6,362

7,357

15.6

%

Total Funeral Contracts

8,237

8,182

-0.7

%

31,402

32,627

3.9

%

Funeral Operating Revenue

Same Store Revenue

$

32,623

$

33,278

2.0

%

$

127,487

$

131,740

3.3

%

Acquisition Revenue

10,837

11,393

5.1

%

36,765

44,628

21.4

%

Total Funeral Operating Revenue

$

43,460

$

44,671

2.8

%

$

164,252

$

176,368

7.4

%

Cemetery Operating Revenue

Same Store Revenue

$

10,624

$

11,076

4.3

%

$

41,257

$

43,336

5.0

%

Acquisition Revenue

565

795

40.7

%

1,599

3,321

107.7

%

Total Cemetery Operating Revenue

$

11,189

$

11,871

6.1

%

$

42,856

$

46,657

8.9

%

Financial Revenue

Preneed Funeral Commission Income

$

400

$

413

3.3

%

$

2,036

$

1,484

-27.1

%

Preneed Funeral Trust Earnings

1,949

2,007

3.0

%

7,447

7,966

7.0

%

Cemetery Trust Earnings

2,051

2,238

9.1

%

8,123

8,440

3.9

%

Preneed Cemetery Finance Charges

370

410

10.8

%

1,410

1,587

12.6

%

Total Financial Revenue

$

4,770

$

5,068

6.2

%

$

19,016

$

19,477

2.4

%

Total Revenue

$

59,419

$

61,610

3.7

%

$

226,124

$

242,502

7.2

%

Field EBITDA

Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA

$

12,442

$

13,513

8.6

%

$

46,707

$

50,563

8.3

%

Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

38.1

%

40.6

%

250 bp

36.6

%

38.4

%

180 bp

Acquisition Funeral Field EBITDA

4,319

4,727

9.4

%

13,767

17,750

28.9

%

Acquisition Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

39.9

%

41.5

%

160 bp

37.4

%

39.8

%

240 bp

Total Funeral Field EBITDA

$

16,761

$

18,240

8.8

%

$

60,474

$

68,313

13.0

%

Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

38.6

%

40.8

%

220 bp

36.8

%

38.7

%

190 bp

Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,290

$

3,892

18.3

%

$

11,845

$

14,045

18.6

%

Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

31.0

%

35.1

%

410 bp

28.7

%

32.4

%

370 bp

Acquisition Cemetery Field EBITDA

112

285

154.5

%

351

1,088

210.0

%

Acquisition Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

19.8

%

35.8

%

1,600 bp

22.0

%

32.8

%

1,080 bp

Total Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,402

$

4,177

22.8

%

$

12,196

$

15,133

24.1

%

Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

30.4

%

35.2

%

480 bp

28.5

%

32.4

%

390 bp

Funeral Financial EBITDA

$

2,041

$

2,161

5.9

%

$

8,348

$

8,339

-0.1%

Cemetery Financial EBITDA

2,358

2,585

9.6

%

9,341

9,754

4.4

%

Total Financial EBITDA

$

4,399

$

4,746

7.9

%

$

17,689

$

18,093

2.3

%

Total Financial EBITDA Margin

92.2

%

93.6

%

140 bp

93.0

%

92.9

%

-10 bp

Total Field EBITDA

$

24,562

$

27,163

10.6

%

$

90,359

$

101,539

12.4

%

Total Field EBITDA Margin

41.3

%

44.1

%

280 bp

40.0

%

41.9

%

190 bp

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL TREND REPORT

FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (IN THOUSANDS - EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Years Ended December 31,

2014

2015

% Change

2014

2015

% Change

Overhead

Total Variable Overhead

$

2,425

$

4,109

69.4

%

$

10,764

$

10,878

1.1

%

Total Regional Fixed Overhead

758

886

16.9

%

3,136

3,435

9.5

%

Total Corporate Fixed Overhead

4,902

5,081

3.7

%

20,227

20,354

0.6

%

Total Overhead

$

8,085

$

10,076

24.6

%

$

34,127

$

34,667

1.6

%

Overhead as a percent of sales

13.6

%

16.4

%

280 bp

15.1

%

14.3

%

-80 bp

Consolidated EBITDA

$

16,477

$

17,087

3.7

%

$

56,232

$

66,872

18.9

%

Consolidated EBITDA Margin

27.7

%

27.7

%

0 bp

24.9

%

27.6

%

270 bp

Other Expenses and Interest

Depreciation & Amortization

$

3,142

$

3,656

16.4

%

$

11,923

$

13,780

15.6

%

Non-Cash Stock Compensation

920

996

8.3

%

3,832

4,444

16.0

%

Interest Expense

2,593

2,888

11.4

%

10,308

10,559

2.4

%

Accretion of Discount on Convertible Subordinated Notes

805

900

2,452

3,454

Loss on Early Extinguishment of Debt

1,042

Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures

3,779

Other, Net

571

(9)

195

45

Pretax Income

$

8,446

$

8,656

2.5

%

$

22,701

$

34,590

52.4

%

Net Tax Provision

3,079

3,222

7,255

13,737

GAAP Net Income

$

5,367

$

5,434

1.2

%

$

15,446

$

20,853

35.0

%

Special Items, Net of tax except for**

Withdrawable Trust Income

$

198

$

$

1,181

$

366

Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

49

24

764

405

Severance Costs

101

100

697

633

Consulting Fees

41

367

277

1,265

Other Incentive Compensation

660

Accretion on Convertible Subordinated Notes**

805

900

2,452

3,454

Costs Related to Credit Facility

688

Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures

2,493

Loss (Gain) on Asset Purchase/Sale

379

(367)

Other Special Items

14

503

244

Tax Adjustment from Prior Period**

141

Sum of Special Items, Net of tax

$

1,573

$

1,405

-10.7

%

$

9,348

$

6,508

-30.4

%

Adjusted Net Income

$

6,940

$

6,839

-1.5

%

$

24,794

$

27,361

10.4

%

Adjusted Net Profit Margin

11.7

%

11.1

%

-60 bp

11.0

%

11.3

%

30 bp

Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.38

$

0.40

5.3

%

$

1.35

$

1.52

12.6

%

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.38

$

0.39

2.6

%

$

1.34

$

1.48

10.4

%

GAAP Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.29

$

0.32

10.3

%

$

0.84

$

1.16

38.1

%

GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.29

$

0.31

6.9

%

$

0.83

$

1.12

34.9

%

Weighted Average Basic Shares Outstanding

18,170

16,828

18,108

17,791

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

18,358

17,499

18,257

18,313

Reconciliation to Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

Consolidated EBITDA

$

16,477

$

17,087

3.7

%

$

56,232

$

66,872

18.9

%

Withdrawable Trust Income

300

1,788

555

Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

74

37

1,158

614

Severance Costs

153

151

1,056

959

Consulting Fees

62

555

419

1,913

Other Incentive Compensation

1,000

Other Special Items

20

220

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$

17,066

$

17,850

4.6

%

$

61,653

$

71,133

15.4

%

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin

28.7

%

29.0

%

30 bp

27.3

%

29.3

%

200 bp

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)

December 31,

2014

2015

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

413

$

535

Accounts receivable, net

19,264

18,181

Inventories

5,294

5,654

Prepaid expenses

4,590

4,684

Other current assets

7,144

4,707

Total current assets

36,705

33,761

Preneed cemetery trust investments

71,972

63,291

Preneed funeral trust investments

97,607

85,553

Preneed receivables, net

26,284

27,998

Receivables from preneed trusts

12,809

13,544

Property, plant and equipment, net

186,211

214,874

Cemetery property

75,564

75,597

Goodwill

257,442

264,416

Deferred charges and other non-current assets

14,264

15,192

Cemetery perpetual care trust investments

48,670

43,127

Total assets

$

827,528

$

837,353

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

$

9,838

$

12,236

Accounts payable

6,472

7,917

Other liabilities

1,437

524

Accrued liabilities

15,203

16,541

Total current liabilities

32,950

37,218

Long-term debt, net of current portion

111,887

103,854

Revolving credit facility

40,500

92,600

Convertible subordinated notes due 2021

114,542

117,996

Obligations under capital leases, net of current portion

3,098

2,875

Deferred preneed cemetery revenue

56,875

56,721

Deferred preneed funeral revenue

31,265

31,748

Deferred tax liability

36,414

39,956

Other long-term liabilities

2,401

5,531

Deferred preneed cemetery receipts held in trust

71,972

63,291

Deferred preneed funeral receipts held in trust

97,607

85,553

Care trusts' corpus

48,142

42,416

Total liabilities

647,653

679,759

Commitments and contingencies:

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $.01 par value; 80,000,000 shares authorized; 22,434,609 and 22,497,873 issued as of December 31, 2014 and 2015, respectively

224

225

Additional paid-in capital

212,386

214,250

Retained earnings (deficit)

(17,468)

3,385

Treasury stock, at cost; 3,921,651 shares at December 31, 2014 and 5,849,316 shares at December 31, 2015

(15,267)

(60,266)

Total stockholders' equity

179,875

157,594

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

827,528

$

837,353

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

For the Years Ended December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Revenues:

Funeral

$

45,809

$

47,091

$

173,735

$

185,818

Cemetery

13,610

14,519

52,389

56,684

59,419

61,610

226,124

242,502

Field costs and expenses:

Funeral

27,007

26,690

104,913

109,166

Cemetery

7,850

7,757

30,852

31,797

Depreciation and amortization

2,801

3,220

10,545

12,034

Regional and unallocated funeral and cemetery costs

2,834

4,252

9,806

11,997

Gross profit

18,927

19,691

70,008

77,508

Corporate costs and expenses:

General and administrative costs and expenses

6,171

6,820

28,915

27,114

Home office depreciation and amortization

341

436

1,378

1,746

6,512

7,256

30,293

28,860

Operating income

$

12,415

$

12,435

$

39,715

$

48,648

Interest expense, net

(2,593)

(2,888)

(10,308)

(10,559)

Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

(805)

(900)

(2,452)

(3,454)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt and other costs

(1,042)

Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

(3,779)

Other, net

(571)

9

567

(45)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

$

8,446

$

8,656

$

22,701

$

34,590

Provision for income taxes

(3,079)

(3,222)

(8,995)

(13,737)

Income tax benefit related to uncertain tax provisions

1,740

Net provision for income taxes

(3,079)

(3,222)

(7,255)

(13,737)

Net income from continuing operations

$

5,367

$

5,434

$

15,446

$

20,853

Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax

11

392

Net income available to common stockholders

$

5,378

$

5,434

$

15,838

$

20,853

Basic earnings per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.29

$

0.32

$

0.84

$

1.16

Discontinued operations

0.02

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.29

$

0.32

$

0.86

$

1.16

Diluted earnings per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.29

$

0.31

$

0.83

$

1.12

Discontinued operations

0.02

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.29

$

0.31

$

0.85

$

1.12

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.025

$

0.025

$

0.100

$

0.100

Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

Basic

18,170

16,828

18,108

17,791

Diluted

18,358

17,499

18,257

18,313

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

For the Years Ended December 31,

2014

2015

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

15,838

$

20,853

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

Depreciation and amortization

11,945

13,780

Gain on sale of businesses and purchase of assets

(2,150)

(49)

Impairment of goodwill

1,180

Loss on early extinguishment of debt and other costs

1,042

Amortization of deferred financing costs

908

921

Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

2,452

3,454

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

2,877

1,679

Stock-based compensation expense

4,622

4,444

Deferred income tax expense

5,295

3,035

Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

2,932

Changes in operating assets and liabilities that provided (required) cash:

Accounts and preneed receivables

(4,146)

(2,310)

Inventories and other current assets

(2,590)

2,582

Deferred charges and other

(165)

150

Preneed funeral and cemetery trust investments

(203)

25,543

Accounts payable

(562)

1,445

Accrued and other liabilities

(1,529)

509

Deferred preneed funeral and cemetery revenue

303

329

Deferred preneed funeral and cemetery receipts held in trust

(1,484)

(26,461)

Net cash provided by operating activities

36,565

49,904

Cash flows from investing activities:

Acquisitions and land for new construction

(57,874)

(9,725)

Purchase of land and buildings previously leased

(7,600)

(6,080)

Net proceeds from sale of businesses and other assets

2,192

65

Capital expenditures

(16,075)

(29,744)

Net cash used in investing activities

(79,357)

(45,484)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Net borrowings on the revolving credit facility

3,600

52,100

Net borrowings (payments) on the term loan

3,313

(9,375)

Proceeds from the issuance of convertible subordinated notes

143,750

Payment of debt issuance costs related to the convertible subordinated notes

(4,650)

Payments on long-term debt and obligations under capital leases

(840)

(1,014)

Redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

(89,748)

Payments for performance-based stock awards

(16,150)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan contributions

1,228

758

Dividends on common stock

(1,840)

(1,819)

Payment of loan origination costs

(825)

(13)

Excess tax benefit of equity compensation

3,990

64

Purchase of treasury stock

(44,999)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

41,828

(4,298)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(964)

122

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

1,377

413

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

413

$

535

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release uses Non-GAAP financial measures to present the financial performance of the Company.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported operating results or cash flow from operations or any other measure of performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.  We believe the Non-GAAP results are useful to investors because such results help investors compare our results to previous periods and provide insights into underlying trends in our business. The Company's GAAP financial statements accompany this release.  Reconciliations of the Non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures are provided in this press release.

The Non-GAAP financial measures include "Adjusted Net Income", "Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share", "Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share", "Consolidated EBITDA", "Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA", "Adjusted Free Cash Flow", "Funeral, Cemetery and Financial EBITDA", "Total Field EBITDA" and  "Special Items" in this press release.  These financial measurements are defined as similar GAAP items adjusted for Special Items and are reconciled to GAAP in this press release.  In addition, the Company's presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in other companies' reports. The definitions used by the Company for our internal management purposes and in this press release are as follows:

  • Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income from continuing operations plus adjustments for special items and other non-recurring expenses or credits.
  • Consolidated EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expenses, non-cash stock compensation, depreciation and amortization, and interest income and other, net.
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA is defined as Consolidated EBITDA plus adjustments for special items and non-recurring expenses or credits.
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by operations, adjusted by special items as deemed necessary, less cash for maintenance capital expenditures.
  • Funeral Field EBITDA is defined as Funeral Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization, regional and unallocated overhead expenses and net financial income.
  • Cemetery Field EBITDA is defined as Cemetery Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization, regional and unallocated overhead expenses and net financial income.
  • Financial EBITDA is defined as Financial Revenue less Financial Expenses.
  • Total Field EBITDA is defined as Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization, regional and unallocated overhead expenses.
  • Special Items are defined as charges or credits such as withdrawable trust income, acquisition and divestiture expenses, severance costs, loss on early retirement of debt and other costs, discrete tax items and other non-recurring amounts. Special items are taxed at the federal statutory rate of 34 percent for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015, except for the accretion of the discount on Convertible Notes as this is a non-tax deductible item and the tax adjustment from prior period.
  • Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share is defined as GAAP Basic Earnings Per Share, adjusted for special items.
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share is defined as GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share, adjusted for special items.

Certain state regulations allow the withdrawal of financial income from preneed cemetery merchandise and services trust funds when realized in the trust.  Under current generally accepted accounting principles, trust income is only recognized in the Company's financial statements at a later time when the related merchandise and services sold on the preneed contract is delivered at the time of death.  Carriage has provided financial income from the trusts, termed "Withdrawable Trust Income" and reported on a Non-GAAP proforma basis within Special Items in the accompanying Operating and Financial Trend Report (a Non-GAAP Unaudited Income Statement), to reflect the current cash results. Management believes that the Withdrawable Trust Income provides useful information to investors because it presents income and cash flow when earned by the trusts.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release includes the use of certain financial measures that are not GAAP measures.  The Non-GAAP financial measures are presented for additional information and are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measures below.

 

Reconciliation of Net Income from continuing operations to Adjusted Net Income for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Net Income from continuing operations

$

5,367

$

5,434

$

15,446

$

20,853

Special items, net of tax except for **

Withdrawable Trust Income

$

198

$

$

1,181

$

366

Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

49

24

764

405

Severance Costs

101

100

697

633

Consulting Fees

41

367

277

1,265

Other Incentive Compensation

660

Accretion of Discount on Convertible Subordinated Notes **

805

900

2,452

3,454

Costs Related to the Credit Facility

688

Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures

2,493

Loss (Gain) on Asset Purchase/Sale

379

(367)

Other Special Items

14

503

244

Tax Adjustment from Prior Period **

141

     Total Special items affecting net income

$

1,573

$

1,405

$

9,348

$

6,508

Adjusted Net Income

$

6,940

$

6,839

$

24,794

$

27,361

 

Reconciliation of Net Income from continuing operations to Consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Net income from continuing operations

$

5,367

$

5,434

$

15,446

$

20,853

Net provision for income taxes

3,079

3,222

7,255

13,737

Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations

$

8,446

$

8,656

$

22,701

$

34,590

Interest expense

2,593

2,888

10,308

10,559

Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

805

900

2,452

3,454

Loss on early extinguishment of debt and other costs

1,042

Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

3,779

Non-cash stock compensation

920

996

3,832

4,444

Depreciation & amortization

3,142

3,656

11,923

13,780

Other, net

571

(9)

195

45

Consolidated EBITDA

$

16,477

$

17,087

$

56,232

$

66,872

Adjusted For:

Withdrawable Trust Income

$

300

$

$

1,788

$

555

Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

74

37

1,158

614

Severance Costs

153

151

1,056

959

Consulting Fees

62

555

419

1,913

Other Incentive Compensation

1,000

Other Special Items

20

220

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$

17,066

$

17,850

$

61,653

$

71,133

Revenue

$

59,419

$   61,610

$

226,124

$

242,502

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin

28.7

%

29.0

%

27.3

%

29.3

%

 

Reconciliation of funeral and cemetery income before income taxes to Field EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):

Funeral Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Gross Profit (GAAP)

$

14,537

$

14,885

$

54,102

$

59,434

Depreciation & amortization

1,782

2,038

6,841

7,614

Regional & unallocated costs

2,483

3,478

7,879

9,604

Net financial income

(2,041)

(2,161)

(8,348)

(8,339)

Funeral Field EBITDA

$

16,761

$

18,240

$

60,474

$

68,313

Cemetery Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Gross Profit (GAAP)

$

4,390

$

4,806

$

15,906

$

18,074

Depreciation & amortization

1,019

1,182

3,704

4,420

Regional & unallocated costs

351

774

1,927

2,393

Net financial income

(2,358)

(2,585)

(9,341)

(9,754)

Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,402

$

4,177

$

12,196

$

15,133

Total Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Funeral Field EBITDA

$

16,761

$

18,240

$

60,474

$

68,313

Cemetery Field EBITDA

3,402

4,177

12,196

15,133

Funeral Financial EBITDA

2,041

2,161

8,348

8,339

Cemetery Financial EBITDA

2,358

2,585

9,341

9,754

Total Field EBITDA

$

24,562

$

27,163

$

90,359

$

101,539

 

Reconciliation of GAAP basic earnings per share to Adjusted basic earnings per share for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015:

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

GAAP basic earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.29

$

0.32

$

0.84

$

1.16

Special items affecting net income

0.09

0.08

0.51

0.36

Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

0.38

$

0.40

$

1.35

$

1.52

 

Reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015:

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2015

2014

2015

GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.29

$

0.31

$

0.83

$

1.12

Special items affecting net income

0.09

0.08

0.51

0.36

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.38

$

0.39

$

1.34

$

1.48

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements made herein or elsewhere by, or on behalf of, the Company that are not historical facts are intended to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  In addition to historical information, this Press Release contains certain statements and information that may constitute forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding any projections of earnings, revenues, asset sales, cash flow, debt levels or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; any statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing and are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us. The words "may", "will", "estimate", "intend", "believe", "expect", "project", "forecast", "foresee", "should", "would", "could", "plan", "anticipate" and other similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate. All comments concerning our expectations for future revenues and operating results are based on our forecasts for our existing operations and do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions. Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those summarized below:

  • the ability to find and retain skilled personnel;
  • the effects of competition;
  • the execution of our Standards Operating, 4E leadership and Standard Acquisition Models;
  • changes in the number of deaths in our markets;
  • changes in consumer preferences;
  • our ability to generate preneed sales;
  • the investment performance of our funeral and cemetery trust funds;
  • fluctuations in interest rates;
  • our ability to obtain debt or equity financing on satisfactory terms to fund additional acquisitions, expansion projects, working capital requirements and the repayment or refinancing of indebtedness;
  • death benefits related to preneed funeral contracts funded through life insurance contracts;
  • the financial condition of third-party insurance companies that fund our preneed funeral contracts;
  • increased or unanticipated costs, such as insurance or taxes;
  • effects of the application of applicable laws and regulations, including changes in such regulations or the interpretation thereof;
  • consolidation of the deathcare industry; and
  • other factors and uncertainties inherent in the deathcare industry.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results, please see "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. A copy of the Company's Form 10-K, other Carriage Services information and news releases are available at www.carriageservices.com.

This press release includes the use of certain financial measures that are not GAAP measures.  The Non-GAAP financial measures are presented for additional information and are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measures in the tables presented above.

 

SOURCE Carriage Services, Inc.



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