Financial Survey: The Ensign Group (ENSG) versus Its Peers

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) is one of 15 public companies in the “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare The Ensign Group to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.7% of The Ensign Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.5% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of The Ensign Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.8% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

The Ensign Group has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Ensign Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.50, suggesting that their average stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for The Ensign Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Ensign Group 2 0 3 0 2.20
The Ensign Group Competitors 57 326 509 9 2.52

The Ensign Group presently has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.94%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 24.75%. Given The Ensign Group’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe The Ensign Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Ensign Group and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Ensign Group $1.65 billion $49.99 million 26.44
The Ensign Group Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.56 million 728.77

The Ensign Group has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. The Ensign Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares The Ensign Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Ensign Group 2.65% 13.15% 6.04%
The Ensign Group Competitors 3.52% 3.52% 4.31%

Dividends

The Ensign Group pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. The Ensign Group pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 37.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

The Ensign Group rivals beat The Ensign Group on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About The Ensign Group

The Ensign Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The Company’s subsidiaries provide skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice, and other ancillary services. Its segments include transitional and skilled services segment, which includes the operation of skilled nursing facilities; assisted and independent living services segment, which includes the operation of assisted and independent living facilities; home health and hospice services segment, which includes its home health, home care and hospice businesses, and all other segment, which includes mobile diagnostics and other ancillary operations. As of July10, 2017, it operated in 226 healthcare facilities.

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