HOUSTON and NEW ORLEANS, July 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) ("SCI") and Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEI) ("Stewart") today announced that they have each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") in connection with its review of SCI's pending acquisition of Stewart. These FTC requests, commonly referred to as the "second request," were anticipated by SCI and Stewart. They extend the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until the 30 th day after substantial compliance by SCI and Stewart with the requests, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC. SCI and Stewart intend to continue to work with the FTC and to respond promptly to the request. The companies continue to believe that the pending acquisition will be completed in late 2013 or early 2014. About Stewart Enterprises, Inc. Founded in 1910, Stewart Enterprises, Inc. is the second largest provider of products and services in the death care industry in the United States. Stewart currently owns and operates 217 funeral homes and 141 cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico. Cautionary Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements that are generally identifiable through the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements rely on assumptions, estimates and predictions that could be inaccurate and that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Stewart's goals or forecasts. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings instituted against Stewart related to the merger agreement; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the transaction, including the receipt of all regulatory approvals related to the transaction; the failure of SCI's financing arrangements to fund in accordance with the financing commitment; the disruption of management's attention from Stewart's ongoing business operations due to the transaction; the effect of the announcement of the transaction on Stewart's relationships with its customers, operating results and business generally; the effects of local and national economic, credit and capital market conditions; and other risk factors described in Stewart's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Stewart disclaims any obligation or intent to update or revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.