Insider Selling: The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Insider Sells 1,000 Shares of Stock

The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) insider Spencer Burton sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total transaction of $60,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 19,351 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,161,060. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

The Ensign Group stock traded up $0.03 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $60.26. 370,554 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 297,373. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.21 billion, a PE ratio of 33.66, a P/E/G ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.87, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a current ratio of 1.15. The Ensign Group, Inc. has a 52-week low of $34.69 and a 52-week high of $63.00. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $57.44.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 6th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $549.21 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $545.09 million. The Ensign Group had a net margin of 4.59% and a return on equity of 17.23%. The Ensign Group’s quarterly revenue was up 11.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.45 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that The Ensign Group, Inc. will post 2.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 31st. Shareholders of record on Sunday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.0475 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 27th. This represents a $0.19 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.32%. The Ensign Group’s payout ratio is currently 10.61%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on ENSG shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 19th. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group from $52.00 to $58.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 8th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.17.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Norges Bank purchased a new position in shares of The Ensign Group in the 4th quarter valued at about $26,625,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its holdings in shares of The Ensign Group by 122.9% in the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 386,823 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,801,000 after purchasing an additional 213,256 shares in the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. increased its holdings in shares of The Ensign Group by 64.8% in the 4th quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 430,707 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,707,000 after purchasing an additional 169,338 shares in the last quarter. Copeland Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of The Ensign Group by 21.2% in the 2nd quarter. Copeland Capital Management LLC now owns 815,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,413,000 after purchasing an additional 142,478 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Millennium Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of The Ensign Group by 761.5% in the 4th quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 131,876 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,115,000 after purchasing an additional 116,569 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 80.91% of the company’s stock.

About The Ensign Group

The Ensign Group, Inc provides health care services in the post-acute care continuum and other ancillary businesses. The company operates in three segments: Transitional and Skilled Services; Assisted and Independent Living Services; and Home Health and Hospice Services. The Transitional and Skilled Services segment offers a range of medical, nursing, rehabilitative, and pharmacy services, as well as routine services, such as daily dietary, social, and recreational services to Medicaid, private pay, managed care, and Medicare payors.

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