TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC) ("PLC" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the purchase of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, a two-location funeral business in Waynesville and Canton, North Carolina.
"We are excited to be branching into North Carolina with the purchase of the Wells business. These funerals homes are well run operations, fit with our portfolio and are in line with our growth strategy," stated Andrew Clark, Chairman and CEO of PLC.
The purchase of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, formerly owned and operated by J. Wells Greeley & Kathryn Greeley, was financed using the company's existing credit facility. The purchase price multiple is within PLC's publicly-stated targeted EBITDA multiple range.
"We believe in partnering with strong, professional local staff and believe that our involvement with this business will further enhance the positive and caring experience provided to the families we serve," added Mr. Clark.
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 has a North American wide platform with operations in five Canadian provinces and eleven US states.
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SOURCE Park Lawn Corporation
For further information: Andrew Clark, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, (416) 231-1462, Joseph Leeder, Chief Financial Officer & Director, (416) 231-1462; Suzanne Cowan, VP, Business Development & Corporate Affairs, [email protected], (416) 231- 1462