Acquisition of 4 funeral homes (3 on-sites), 9 cemeteries and 1 crematorium strengthens
Park Lawn’s operational footprint in South Carolina
TORONTO, November 2, 2020 /CNW/ – Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC) (“PLC” or “Park Lawn”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired all of the outstanding stock of W.R. Floyd Corp. and Floyd Properties, Inc. and a majority of the assets of W.R. Floyd Services, Inc. GRAS, LLC, Piedmont Crematory, Inc. and Floyd’s Pet Cremation, LLC (collectively “J.F. Floyd”), a group of businesses located in Spartanburg and Charleston, South Carolina.
“J.F. Floyd is a well-established business that aligns with Park Lawn’s growth strategy. The addition of these businesses strengthens PLC’s operational footprint in South Carolina and provides a platform from which it can continue to expand into the southeast region of the U.S. We are excited to welcome the Floyd family, along with the rest of the J.F. Floyd team, into the Park Lawn family,” stated J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC.
“My family has been dedicated to serving the families of Spartanburg County for nearly 135 years. We are honored that our legacy will be preserved through Park Lawn’s commitment to the same high level of compassionate and professional care for the communities we serve,” said Russel Floyd.
Highlights of the transaction include:
· PLC’s significant expansion in South Carolina consisting of:
o Four funeral home locations (3 of which are on-sites)
o Nine cemetery locations
o One stand-alone crematory
· The J.F. Floyd businesses perform approximately 650 calls and over 800 interments per year;
· Once fully integrated, Park Lawn expects the J.F. Floyd businesses to contribute approximately $2.37M USD in EBITDA;
· The purchase of J.F. Floyd will be funded with at least 75% from cash on hand and the remainder from Park Lawn’s existing revolving credit facility; 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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