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Dundee Crematorium’s owner says too many Covid-19 deaths in 2020 could slow business in next two years

Dundee Crematorium
Dundee Crematorium

The owner of Dundee Crematorium has warned that too many Covid-19 deaths this year could slow down its business in the next two years.

Owner Dignity told investors this year’s “tragic events” could mean lower numbers of deaths in 2021 and 2022.

Funeral services company Dignity is the UK’s largest provider of funeral-related services with 820 funeral directors and 46 crematoria.

The suggestion came in a trading update in which the firm revealed that underlying revenues rose 4% in the nine months to September 25 to £234.5 million.

Restrictions

However, with heavy restrictions on funerals and crematoriums during much of the year, it meant the London-listed business was unable to boost profits with added extras, such as the provision of limousines, no longer available.

Dundee Crematorium on Macalpine Road.

Underlying operating profits fell 8% to £44.2m as a result, although bosses are hopeful that the reopening of places of worship could improve business.

Bosses said they would not be providing guidance on performance for the rest of the year and beyond, while they wait to see if Government restrictions reverses the increase in deaths from Covid.

Deaths

The company said: “The group will not speculate on the most likely outcome for the remainder of the year; however, it is possible that the tragic events of 2020 may mean 2021 and 2022 could experience a lower number of deaths than in 2019.”

Dundee Crematorium

In the three months to September 25 the number of deaths fell slightly to 130,000 compared with 132,000 in the same period a year ago.

But this was in part due to the surge in the second quarter of the year where they hit 207,000 compared with 141,000 a year earlier.

Investment

On crematoriums, the company said it has seen around half of the £3 million in memorial sales it had hoped for during the second quarter banked during the third following crematorium grounds being allowed to fully reopen, with a surge in business since.

Separately, Dignity said it would continue working on its strategic review and awaits the results of a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the sector over allegations of price hikes stretching back to before the pandemic.

As a result, the company said it has deferred its search for a new chief executive to “align with the learnings from both our strategic review and the CMA investigation in July 2021”.

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