The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) updated its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $2.20-2.30 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $2.26. The company issued revenue guidance of $2.34-2.4 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $2.33 billion.The Ensign Group also updated its FY19 guidance to $2.22-2.30 EPS.
Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. 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. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group from $52.00 to $56.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Friday. BidaskClub raised shares of The Ensign Group from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, July 19th. Finally, Oppenheimer increased their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group from $52.00 to $58.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 8th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $47.83.
Shares of ENSG stock traded down $4.21 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $54.06. 462,120 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 221,810. The Ensign Group has a fifty-two week low of $34.69 and a fifty-two week high of $63.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.87. The company has a market capitalization of $3.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.20, a P/E/G ratio of 1.91 and a beta of 0.85. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $57.65.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 31st. Stockholders of record on Sunday, June 30th were given a dividend of $0.0475 per share. This represents a $0.19 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 27th. The Ensign Group’s payout ratio is currently 10.61%.
In other news, insider Spencer Burton sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total transaction of $60,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 19,351 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,161,060. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Suzanne D. Snapper sold 2,982 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.17, for a total transaction of $158,552.94. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 223,216 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,868,394.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 5,547 shares of company stock valued at $302,252 in the last three months. Corporate insiders own 6.70% 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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