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Carriage Services Announces Fourth Quarter 2008 Results
Date:2/26/2009

contract volumes. This was the first year we have grown Same Store Funeral Contracts since rolling out the Standards Operating Model in 2004 and is an indication that this model combined with strong, operating leadership with 4E Leadership skills is proving effective at growing local market share. Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA decreased $0.6 million, equal to 1.4%, from $43.2 million for the year 2007 to $42.6 million for the year 2008 primarily as a result of higher labor costs. Our Acquisition portfolio provided an additional $8.0 million in revenue and $2.1 million in Field EBITDA in 2008 compared to 2007.

CEMETERY OPERATIONS

Same Store Cemetery Operations Revenue increased $0.4 million, equal to 4.8%, to $8.1 million in the fourth quarter. However, because Cemetery Same Store Financial Revenue from trust funds declined by $0.8 million, Total Cemetery Same Store Revenue declined almost $0.5 million, equal to 5.1% quarter over quarter. The decline in Same Store Cemetery Financial Revenue was due to financial market conditions and repositioning of the trust fund portfolio in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Company recognized losses on a substantial number of investments within its cemetery trust fund portfolio in order to reinvest the proceeds in high quality, income oriented securities that are and will continue to yield much higher earnings and cash flow for the intermediate and long-term.

Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA declined by $1.3 million for the fourth quarter, in part because of the $0.8 million decline in financial revenue, as previously discussed. Additionally, because of the weakening economy we are increasing our bad debt reserves against our portfolio of cemetery receivables.

For the full year Cemetery Same Store Operations Revenue declined by $1.6 million to $32.7 million and Cemetery Same Store Field EBITDA declined by $4.4 million. A large porti
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