StoneMor Partners L.P. Announces Its Successful Bid to Acquire SCI Funeral Homes and Cemeteries
StoneMor Partners L.P. announced today that it was the successful bidder to purchase 9 funeral homes, 12 cemeteries and 2 crematories in Central Florida, North Carolina, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Virginia from Service Corporation International. On March 21, 2014, SCI submitted its application to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to approve StoneMor’s acquisition of certain of these properties. The bidding and approval process was initiated by SCI in connection with the recently completed acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. by SCI pursuant to an FTC Decision and Order.
Speaking of the potential acquisition, Larry Miller, President & CEO of StoneMor, said, “A number of properties have become available as a result of SCI’s acquisition of Stewart, and we had the opportunity to look at them. This transaction is subject to obtaining FTC approval, entering into a final agreement with SCI as well as satisfying the closing conditions, but StoneMor is pleased to be the successful bidder for these properties that are mature and are expected to be cash accretive immediately.”
About StoneMor Partners L.P.
StoneMor Partners L.P., headquartered in Levittown, Pennsylvania, is an owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in the United States, with 278 cemeteries and 90 funeral homes in 28 states and Puerto Rico. StoneMor is the only publicly traded deathcare company structured as a partnership. StoneMor’s cemetery products and services, which are sold on both a pre-need (before death) and at-need (at death) basis, include: burial lots, lawn and mausoleum crypts, burial vaults, caskets, memorials, and all services which provide for the installation of this merchandise.
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