FTC Approves Two SCI Applications to Divest Funeral Home and Cemetery Assets in South Carolina and Maryland

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved two applications by Service Corporation International (SCI) to divest certain funeral and cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. would likely be anticompetitive. In total, the order requires the combined SCI/Stewart to divest 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to ensure competition is maintained in 59 communities throughout the United States.

Through this action, the FTC has approved the divestiture of several funeral home and cemetery properties in South Carolina to Rollings Funeral Services, Inc.; and in Rockville, Maryland, to Edward Sagel Funeral Direction, Inc., as detailed in SCI’s April 7, 2014, applications to the Commission.

The Commission vote to approve both applications was 5-0. (FTC File No. 131-0163, Docket No. 4423; the staff contact is Elizabeth A. Piotrowski, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2623)

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