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CARRIAGE SERVICES INC (CSV)
Carriage Services, Inc. provides death care services and merchandise in the United States. It offers various funeral and cremation services, including planning and coordinating personalized funerals, consultation, removal and preparation of remains, conducting memorial services, performing cemetery interment services, managing and maintaining funeral home facilities for visitation and worship, and transportation services. The company also provides preneed and at need services, and products related to funerals, burials, and cremations, as well as sells caskets, urns, markers, burial vaults, cemetery interment rights, monuments, memorials, and garments. As of March 31, 2005, Carriage Services owned and operated 134 funeral homes and 30 cemeteries in 28 states. The company was founded by Melvin C. Payne in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
ROCK OF AGES CORPORATION (ROAC)
Rock of Ages Corporation operates as an integrated quarrier, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of granite memorials primarily in North America. It operates in three segments: Quarrying, Manufacturing, and Retailing. The Quarrying segment extracts rough dimension granite blocks from the ground and sells those blocks or sawn slabs to the Manufacturing segment and to outside manufacturers, as well as to customers in Europe and Asia. It owns and operates 11 quarry properties in North America, principally in Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The Manufacturing segment principally offers granite memorials used primarily in cemeteries. It also provides specialized granite products for industrial applications. The Retailing segment sells granite, bronze, and marble memorials in the United States. It also sells other manufacturers' products. Rock of Ages markets and distributes its memorials on a retail basis through company-owned retail sales outlets, as well as through independent authorized Rock of Ages retailers in the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2004, it owned and operated 89 memorial retail outlets in 18 states. Rock of Ages was founded in 1885 and is based in Graniteville, Vermont.
PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES INC (PPD)
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. engages in the development and marketing of legal service plans in North America. It provides plans (memberships), which enable its members to access legal services through a network of independent law firms under contract with it. The company's plan benefits include preventive legal services, motor vehicle legal defense services, trial defense services, Internal Revenue Service audit services, and discounted legal services. As of march 31, 2005, the company had 1,486,102 memberships. Pre-Paid Legal Services is headquartered in Ada, Oklahoma.
SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL (SCI)
Service Corporation International (SCI) provides funeral and cemetery services primarily in North America. Its funeral service and cemetery operations consist of funeral service locations, cemeteries, crematoria, and related activities. The company's funeral service locations provide various professional services relating to funerals, including the use of funeral facilities, motor vehicles, and preparation and embalming services. Its funeral service locations sell caskets, burial vaults, cremation receptacles, flowers, burial garments, and other ancillary products and services. SCI's cemeteries sell interment rights associated with cemetery properties, such as mausoleum spaces, lots, and lawn crypts; cemetery merchandise, such as stone and bronze memorials, burial vaults, caskets, and cremation memorialization products; operate crematoria; and provide other services, including merchandise installations, and burial openings and closings. In addition, it performs interment services and provides management and maintenance of cemetery grounds. SCI also provides mass fatality and emergency response services. As of March 31, 2005, the company operated 1,190 funeral service locations and 393 cemeteries. SCI was incorporated in 1962. SCI was founded by R. L. Waltrip in 1962. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
GREENFIELD ONLINE INC (SRVY)
Greenfield Online, Inc. provides Internet survey solutions to the marketing research industry in the United States and internationally. The company performs surveys, as well as provides survey programming, data collection, and processing services. It also manages the Greenfield Online panel, an Internet-based panel of individuals who participate in the company's surveys. Greenfield Online offers various Internet data collection products and services, which include tracking studies to determine advertising awareness and brand usage; conjoint studies, that conduct a trade-off analysis of features/functionality; concept testing studies, that present product concepts to potential consumers; media/audio testing studies to evaluate the persuasiveness and key message recall associated with advertising; in-home usage testing studies that ask respondents to try new products in their home; and omnibus studies that enable various clients to pool small sets of questions and receive feedback within three days. It also offers sample solutions, which include access to the Greenfield Online panel. The company offers its products and services to marketing research and consulting firms. Greenfield Online was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut. Greenfield Online, Inc. acquired Zing Wireless, Inc., a provider of survey sample solutions, in February 2005.
VCA Antech, Inc. engages in the provision of animal healthcare services, and operation of veterinary diagnostic laboratories and animal hospitals in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Laboratory, Animal Hospital, and Medical Technology. The Laboratory segment provides testing services for veterinarians both associated with the company and independent of the company. The Animal Hospitals segment offer medical and surgical services; and specialized treatments, including advanced diagnostic services, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and cardiology. The Medical Technology segment sells diagnostic ultrasound imaging and digital radiography imaging equipment for veterinarians, and provides consultative support in the diagnosing process, as well as mobile imaging services. The company also provides pharmaceutical products and various pet wellness programs, including routine health examinations, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and dental care. In addition, it provides diagnostic testing for various clients, including standard animal hospitals, large animal practices, universities, and other government organizations. As of December 31, 2004, the company laboratory network consisted of 27 laboratories in 50 states and its animal hospital network consisted of 315 animal hospitals in 36 states. VCA Antech was formed in 1986 and is headquartered Los Angeles, California.
STEWART ENTERPRISES INC (STEI)
Stewart Enterprises, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides funeral and cemetery products and services for death care industry in the United States. It offers various funeral merchandise and services, as well as cemetery property, merchandise, and services. The company's funeral homes offer a range of services and products, including funeral services, cremation, transportation services, removal and preparation of remains, caskets, and flowers. It also sells cemetery property, which includes lots, lawn crypts, and family and community mausoleums; merchandise, such as vaults, monuments, and markers; and services consisting of burial site openings and closings, and inscriptions. As of October 31, 2006, Stewart Enterprises operated 229 funeral homes and 143 cemeteries in 25 states within the United States and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1910 and is based in Jefferson, Louisiana.
Res-Care, Inc. provides residential, therapeutic, job training, and educational support services to people with special needs. It operates in three segments: Disabilities Services, Youth Services, and Training Services. The Disabilities Services segment provides periodic in-home services, group homes, supported living, residential facilities, and vocational skills training and day programs. The Youth Services segment offers educational, behavioral, and vocational training, including individual, group, and family counseling and training in social and independent living skills to at-risk and troubled youths. The Training Services segment operates programs for disadvantaged youths through the federal Job Corps program administered by the United States Department of Labor, which provides educational and vocational skills training, health care, employment counseling, and other support. The company offered its services to approximately 34,000 people in 33 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada, as of February 25, 2005. Res-Care was founded by Jim Fornear in 1974 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky.
WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL INC (WTW)
Weight Watcher's International, Inc. provides weight management services in 30 countries through a network of company-owned and franchise operations. It holds approximately 46,000 weekly meetings where members receive group support and education about healthy eating patterns, behavior modification, and physical activity. The company offers weight loss and control programs through classroom type meetings in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australasia, South Africa, Israel, and Brazil. It sells various proprietary products, including snack bars, books, CD-ROMS, and POINTS calculators through its classroom operations and to its franchisees. In addition, Weight Watchers offers a range of products, publications, and programs for those interested in weight loss and weight control. Its affiliate company, WeightWatchers.com, Inc., offers two personalized Web-based subscription products, Weight Watchers Online and Weight Watchers eTools. Weight Watcher's International was founded by Jean Nidetch and is headquartered in New York City.
STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P (STON)
StoneMor Partners L.P. engages in the ownership and operation of cemeteries in the United States. The partnership offers various cemetery products and services, which include burial lots, lawn and mausoleum crypts, burial vaults, caskets, memorials, and other related deathcare services. As of May 16, 2005, the partnership operated 132 cemeteries in 12 states, primarily in the eastern United States. StoneMor GP LLC operates as the general partner to the partnership, as of March 31, 2005. The partnership is headquartered in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
BRIGHT HORIZONS FAMILY SOLUTIONS INC (BFAM)
Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc. provides workplace services for employers and families, including early care and education and strategic work/life consulting in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It provides center based child care, education and enrichment programs, elementary school education, backup care, before and after school care for school age children, summer camps, vacation care, and other family support services. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated 560 early care and education centers. Bright Horizons Family Solutions is based Watertown, Massachusetts.
STEINER LEISURE LIMITED (STNR)
Steiner Leisure Limited provides spa services worldwide. The company also develops and markets beauty products, which are sold at its facilities and at third party retail outlets, as well as through mail order and its Web sites. It sells its services and products to cruise passengers, and at luxury resorts and day spas in the United States, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia, London, and Mexico. The company served 118 cruise ships representing 19 cruise lines, and operated 51 resort spas and 2 luxury day spas, as of April 28, 2005. Its services include massage, water-based treatments, aromatherapy treatments, seaweed wraps, saunas, steam rooms, aerobic exercise, yoga, Pilates, hair styling, manicures, pedicures, and various other beauty and body treatments. Steiner Leisure's beauty products include preparations, such as aromatherapy oils, cleansers and creams, other skin care preparations; hair care products, such as shampoos, moisturizers, and lotions; and nail care products. It also sells products of third parties, including hair care products. In addition, the company offers post secondary degree and nondegree programs in massage therapy, skin care, and related areas at its schools located in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Steiner Leisure was founded in 1934 and is based in Nassau, the Bahamas.
WESTERN UNION COMPANY (WU)
The Western Union Company provides a range of money transfer and bill payment services worldwide. It offers various consumer-to-consumer money transfer services, primarily through a network of third-party agents using multi-currency and real-time money transfer processing systems. Its consumer-to-consumer money transfer services primarily include walk-in money transfer services, online money transfer services, and telephone money transfer services. The company also provides a range of consumer-to-business payment services, which enables payments to various organizations that receive consumer payments, including utilities, auto finance companies, mortgage servicers, financial service providers, and governmental agencies. Its consumer-to-business services primarily include electronic payments that enable consumer payments to various entities using credit cards, debit cards, and ACH; Equity Accelerator service that enables consumers to make mortgage payments; Quick Collect service through which consumers send guaranteed funds to businesses and government agencies from various locations using cash and debit cards; Convenience Pay service, which enable payments to utilities and telecommunication providers using cash or checks; Quick Cash, a cash disbursement service used by businesses and government agencies to send money to employees or individuals. In addition, the company offers money order products and services; prepaid services; and top-up services for third parties that enables consumers to pay in advance for mobile phone and other services. As of December 31, 2006, the company offered its services through a network of approximately 300,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. The company was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
H&R Block, Inc. provides various financial services to the general public, principally in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Its tax operations include tax return preparation, and related services and products related to income tax return preparation in the United States. The company also offers customers, various options for receiving their income tax refund, including a check directly from the Internal Revenue Service, an electronic deposit directly to their bank account, and a refund anticipation check. H&R Block's investment products and services include traditional brokerage services, as well as annuities, insurance, fee-based accounts, online account access, equity research and focus lists, model portfolios, asset allocation strategies, and other investment tools and information. In addition, it originates mortgage loans, services nonprime loans, and sells and securitizes mortgage loans and residual interests. The loan servicing involves collecting and remitting mortgage loan payments, making required advances, accounting for principal and interest, holding escrow for payment of taxes and insurance, and contacting delinquent borrowers. Further, the company offers accounting, tax, and consulting services to middle-market companies. These services include wealth management, retirement resources, payroll services, corporate finance, and financial process outsourcing. H&R Block was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICES (JTX)
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides computerized preparation of federal and state personal income tax returns for the customers in the United States. The company uses its ProFiler software to prepare customers' tax returns, as well as checks tax returns through its systems before electronically filing the customers' tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and the state departments of revenue. As of July 31, 2005, it offered its services through a network of 4,871 franchised offices and 613 company-owned offices. In addition, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service provides various financial products, including refund anticipation loans, accelerated check refund, assisted direct deposit, Jackson Hewitt CashCard, the Holiday Express Loan Program, Gold Guarantee, and Money Now loans. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Jackson Hewitt, Inc., owns Tax Services of America, Inc., which operates the company-owned offices. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Regis Corporation engages in the ownership, operation, and franchising of hair and retail product salons, and beauty career schools worldwide. It also provides hair restoration services, such as hair loss solutions. The company operated 10,879 system-wide North American and international salons, 24 beauty career schools, and 90 hair restoration centers, as of June 30, 2005. The salons offer a range of custom styling, cutting, hair coloring, waving, and waxing services, as well as professional hair care products. The company's worldwide operations include salon concepts, such as Supercuts, Jean Louis David, Vidal Sassoon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, Trade Secret, SmartStyle, and Cost Cutters. Its North American operations include 8,861 salons in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company's international operations include 2,018 salons located in Europe, primarily in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain. Regis was formed in 1954 and is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota.
eLong, Inc. serves as an online travel service provider in China. It provides its customers with travel information and enables them to book rooms at discounted rates at approximately 2,800 hotels in 230 cities across China. The company also offers air ticketing and other travel related services, such as rental cars, vacation packages, and corporate travel services. eLong also sells air tickets for various airlines in China and international airlines that operate flights originating from China. It issues and delivers air tickets using a network of local agents. The company was co-founded by Justin Tang and Richard Chen in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.
AMBASSADORS INTERNATIONAL INC (AMIE)
Ambassadors International, Inc. engages in the development, management, and marketing of performance improvement programs. It also provides event management services, including hotel reservation, registration, and travel services for meetings; conventions, expositions, and trade shows; and event portfolio management software solutions. The company, through its subsidiary, Cypress Re offers property and casualty reinsurance programs, including commercial auto liability, commercial physical damage, and workers' compensation. The company has operations in San Francisco, Newport Beach, and San Diego, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded in 1967 as International Ambassador Programs, Inc. and changed its name to Ambassadors International, Inc. in 1995. Ambassadors International is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
CPI Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of professional portrait photography of babies, children, adults, and family groups. The company owns and operates the Sears Portrait Studios under license agreements with Sears, Roebuck and Co., which provides its customers with various choices through its packages and plans. As of February 5, 2005, CPI operated 1,021 professional portrait studios throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company also operates two Web sites: searsphotos.com that serves as a vehicle for viewing and sharing portraits, as well as ordering additional portraits and portrait-related products; and searsportrait.com that serves as a marketing and information resource conveying details about its products and services available in its studios. CPI Corp. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.