Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
In the five years to 2014, the trend toward low-cost cremation services instead of burial services has adversely affected industry revenue and profit, increasing merger and acquisition activity. Over the next five years, as disposable income levels strengthen, consumers will be more likely to spend on more expensive grave sites and services, but cremations will remain popular. Futhermore, the aging baby-boomer population and increasing death rate will boost demand for industry services... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Cemetery Services industry has a low level of capital intensity. In 2014, for every $1.00 spent on wages, industry operators will invest about $0.10 in capital improvements. Capital intensity has remained relatively stable for industry operators in the five years to 2014.
Cemetery operators have high fixed costs. The typical operator invests significantly in the maintenance of cemetery grounds and structures, such as columbaria and crematoriums, which may often exceed prices of $100,000 to construct from the ground up. Relatives of the deceased are normally responsible for maintaining headstones. Furthermore, cemetery owners typically invest in central buildings and vehicles... purchase to read more