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

Profitability

This table compares The Ensign Group and its peers’ 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%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Ensign Group $1.65 billion $49.99 million 26.51
The Ensign Group Competitors $1.06 billion -$22.56 million 763.69

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for The Ensign Group and its peers, 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 59 327 512 9 2.52

The Ensign Group currently has a consensus target price of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.68%. As a group, “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies have a potential upside of 19.90%. Given The Ensign Group’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The Ensign Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.9% of The Ensign Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.6% 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, 10.4% of shares of all “Hospitals, Clinics & Primary Care Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

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

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 peers 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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