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Service Corporation International Updates Fourth Quarter 2008 Guidance
Date:2/9/2009

- Company intends to report final fourth quarter 2008 results and updated 2009 guidance on February 25, 2009

HOUSTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), a leading provider of deathcare products and services, announced today that it anticipates fourth quarter of 2008 diluted earnings per share before special items to be in the range of $.07 to $.09. The Company applied its current estimate of 40% as an effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2008 in deriving its updated earnings outlook. The Company's year-end tax accrual is currently being reviewed as part of its normal year-end processes, and once finalized could change the quarterly tax rate used in the updated earnings outlook. Net cash provided by operating activities excluding special items is expected to be in the range of $20 to $30 million for the fourth quarter of 2008.

The updated guidance provided reflects economic and financial market challenges that were worse than the Company expected in November and December 2008, which contributed to weaker preneed cemetery sales and lower trust fund income. Based on these negative trends experienced in the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company is reviewing its outlook for 2009 and plans to report an update in its outlook for 2009 when reporting fourth quarter 2008 financial results on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, after the market closes. The Company also expects to host a conference call on the morning of February 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. A webcast of the call will be accessible via the investor relations section of SCI's website at www.sci-corp.com. The teleconference may also be accessed by dialing (617) 597-4027 in the U.S. The teleconference confirmation code is 51975612. A replay of the call
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