TORONTO, ONTARIO/March 30, 2022/ACCESSWIRE – Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC, PLC.U) (“PLC”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Chancellor Funeral Home and Garden of Memories (collectively “Chancellor”), a business consisting of one stand-alone funeral home and one combination funeral home and cemetery property located in Byram and Florence, Mississippi, respectively. The transaction is anticipated to close in April 2022 following the receipt of regulatory approval.
“The Chancellor businesses are pillars of their communities and their addition to our portfolio solidifies Park Lawn’s presence in and around the Jackson, Mississippi area. We are honored that the Chancellor’s long-time owners, Bill and Sandra, have chosen to become a part of the PLC family,” stated J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC.
Highlights of the transaction include:
- The addition of one (1) stand-alone funeral home and one (1) combination funeral home and cemetery property.
- The transaction represents 383 calls and 45 interments per year and is expected to be financed with funds from PLC’s credit facility and available cash on hand.
- Following the closing and integration, the Chancellor acquisition is expected to add approximately US$1.25 million in EBITDA.
- The agreed upon purchase price multiple for the transaction is within PLC’s publicly-stated targeted EBITDA multiple range for transactions of this size and 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 three Canadian provinces and sixteen U.S. states.
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