Acquisition expands Park Lawn’s footprint in British Columbia
TORONTO, October 1, 2020 /CNW/ – Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC) (“PLC” or “Park Lawn”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the assets of Bowers Funeral Service Ltd. (“Bowers”), a three-location funeral home business in Salmon Arm, Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Park Lawn to expand its footprint in British Columbia as we continue on the path to meet our stated growth objectives. The Bowers businesses are an attractive group of funeral homes that will complement Park Lawn’s existing Providence Funeral Homes locations also in this region. We are excited to welcome the Bowers businesses to the Park Lawn family,” stated J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC.
Highlights of the transaction include:
• PLC expanding its presence in British Columbia by adding:
o Three stand-alone funeral home locations:
* Bowers Funeral Service & Cremation – Salmon Arm
* Bowers Funeral Service & Cremation – Golden
* Brandon Bowers Funeral Service & Cremation – Revelstoke
• The Bowers businesses perform approximately 390 calls per year;
• The purchase of Bowers will be funded from cash on hand; and
• The agreed upon purchase price multiple is within PLC’s publicly-stated targeted EBITDA multiple range for transactions of this nature.
About Park Lawn Corporation:
PLC provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. Products and services are sold on a pre-planned basis (pre-need) or at the time of a death (at-need). PLC and its subsidiaries own and operate businesses including cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, chapels, planning offices and a transfer service. PLC operates in five Canadian provinces and fifteen U.S. states.
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