I am sure the Ebola bullet has the UK's name on it, in which case this one will fly!
30 Jul '14
Yeah I totally agree, looked into this for clients around 6 months ago as I was looking for something with low correlation. However it's only paying a tiny divi so your returns have to be generated by growth, of at least 2% pa just to keep up with inflation. If you have long enough time horizons then this is a good investment. The demographic is about to balloon at the top end, biotech firms have lead the way with massive investments/innovations hoping to save the health services billions in the long run. However sadly no matter how much money is thrown at bio tech firms there is nothing more certain than..... Dignity is a business with a growing customer base. Inflation could be your enemy here
4 Jun '14
You know what, theres one thing wrong with this company that has put me off buying, the poor dividend. I really think they can pay the shareholders a little more than less than 1%
19 Mar '14
slow steady sp
it is my experience that people dont shop around for the best price at such a difficult time, they tend to use the local undertaker whoever that may be
7 Mar '14
They are getting very close to pricing themselves out of the market. It is not uncommon for them to be almost 2k more than some smaller private firms. In this day and age more families are price checking rather than just going to where grandad had been and if cost is anyway part of the decision as to whether or not you use their services? The likelihood is you won't. I don't believe their share price will go much higher than it is now as they have considerable debts to manage and though they bought Yew Holdings for a fortune a couple of years back and this has given them additional funerals and therefor revenue. I just don't see their current plan of around 10% price increases every year (since flotation) being allowed to continue by the general public. I do not hold this share anymore, though I did previously and did very well after holding for seven years. I tend to have a peek at my old shares now and then just to see how things are going. In conclusion, their business plan is based on the level of service they provide however, I sold my holding when I researched the structure compared to other providers in this field. I discovered their staff are some of the lowest paid in the industry with funeral arrangers in the main getting under £7 per hour and managers getting less than my joiner yet they are without doubt the most expensive in the sector. This is a great simple business plan for the bottom line but it's not sustainable when you are only judged by your level of service and the person you are dealing with is probably more concerned in how they are paying their gas bill that landed on the door step this morning? Have quickly read over what I have written and it sounds like I'm having a go.... This was my best performing share ever... I just don't think it will go much north from here. Just my opinion and the death rate is forecast to increase by 20% over the next decade so who knows...
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