* Q4 adj shr from cont ops $0.14 vs est $0.11
* Q4 revenue $531.8 mln vs est $498.7 mln
* Sees FY10 adj shr from cont ops $0.48-$0.56
Feb 24 Funeral-home operator Service Corp
International (SCI.N) posted quarterly results that beat
analysts' expectations, helped by strong pre-need cemetery
sales and cost cuts.
The company, which also operates a cemetery business,
earned $34.3 million, or 13 cents a share, in the fourth
quarter, compared with $9.5 million, or 4 cents a share, a year
Excluding special items, it earned 14 cents a share.
Revenue rose 3 percent to $531.8 million.
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 11 cents a
share, before items, on revenue of $498.7 million, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company improved its profit margins, as it continued to
contain field operating costs during the quarter, Chief
Executive Tom Ryan said in a statement.
Service Corp also forecast an adjusted profit of 48 cents
to 56 cents a share from continuing operations for fiscal 2010,
while analysts were looking for earnings of 50 cents a share.
Houston-based Service Corp's shares closed at $8.19
Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Renju Jose in Bangalore; Editing by Ratul Ray