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Ensign Group Acquires Nursing Facility to Expand in Idaho

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The Ensign Group, Inc. ENSG recently acquired the real estate and the operations of Temple View Transitional Care Center in Rexburg, ID. This transaction was effective Sep 1, 2019.

With this buyout, Ensign Group will be able to expand its presence in Idaho where it has already penetrated as a leading company providing post-acute care. It expects to offer better healthcare with the aid of acquired skills.

Last July, Ensign Group also acquired the real estate and operations of McCall Rehabilitation and Care Center, a 40-bed skilled nursing facility located in McCall, ID. Idaho seems an attractive region with plenty of growth opportunities for the company since it has been constantly taking initiatives to boost its existence in this state over the past decade.

With this purchase, Ensign Group now has a portfolio of 202 skilled nursing hubs, of which 27 consist of assisted living operations, 57 assisted and independent living operations, 26 home health agencies, 28 hospice agencies and nine home care businesses across 16 states. The company owns the real estate at 80 of its 259 healthcare facilities.

Management announced that the company will continue to seek transactions to acquire real estate and lease both well-performing and struggling skilled nursing, assisted living and other healthcare related businesses in the new and the existing markets.

Last month, Ensign Group purchased the real estate and operations of Surprise Health and Rehabilitation Center in Surprise, AZ, the operations of Mainplace Senior Living, a 91-unit assisted living community in Orange, CA, the assets of Agape Hospice and Palliative Care and the real estate and operations of The Terrace at Mt. Ogden in UT. The company boasts a strong inorganic growth story with several acquisitions in the past decade. With each takeover, the company has whetted its efficiency, both clinically and financially. We expect all these buyouts to bode well for the company’s long-term growth.

Ensign Group has also announced that its board of directors has authorized the separation of its home health and hospice business plus all its senior living operations from the parent company into a publicly traded entity. With this spin-off, the company expects to enhance its shareholder value. It hopes that it will be able to add value to its home health, senior living and hospice business line from this split-up.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company have rallied 28.9% in a year’s time against its industry’s decline of 0.1%.

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