The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) & Its Rivals Head to Head Analysis

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 competitors? We will compare The Ensign Group to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

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.

Risk and Volatility

The Ensign Group has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Ensign Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.47, meaning that their average share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The Ensign Group and its competitors’ 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%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Ensign Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Ensign Group $1.65 billion $49.99 million 25.79
The Ensign Group Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.56 million 738.31

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for The Ensign Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Ensign Group 2 0 3 0 2.20
The Ensign Group Competitors 57 325 509 9 2.52

The Ensign Group currently has a consensus target price of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.56%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 23.09%. Given The Ensign Group’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe The Ensign Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.9% of The Ensign Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.6% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of The Ensign Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

The Ensign Group Company Profile

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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