Significant Insider Change: What after Beverly Wittekind’s Insider Unload of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Stock?

November 23, 2016 - By Peter Erickson

Significant Insider Change: What after Beverly Wittekind's Insider Unload of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Stock?

Beverly Wittekind Insider Sell

Beverly Wittekind – a famous insider in Ensign Group Inc who is a VP & General Counsel — unloaded 104 shares of Ensign Group Inc, with market value of roughly $US 2,258 at an average stock price per share of $US 21.7. She also unloaded 186 shares with a total value $3,381 USD in the last month. This trade was reported on November 22, 2016 and is already filed with the (SEC). The original 4F filing is available for a free review to the public here. At the moment, Beverly Wittekind has a total of 41,004 shares or 0.08% of the company’s total market capitalization.

The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Ratings Coverage

Out of 4 analysts covering Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG), 3 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 1 “Hold”. This means 75% are positive. $58 is the highest target while $24 is the lowest. The $36.33 average target is 67.65% above today’s ($21.67) stock price. Ensign Group has been the topic of 5 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Oppenheimer maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $58 target price in Wednesday, August 5 report. The rating was maintained by SunTrust with “Buy” on Thursday, August 4. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Friday, February 12. On Thursday, May 12 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. The company was downgraded on Thursday, May 12 by Wells Fargo.

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 1.14 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.07, from 1.21 in 2016Q1. The ratio fall, as 13 funds sold all The Ensign Group, Inc. shares owned while 50 reduced positions. 24 funds bought stakes while 52 increased positions. They now own 42.00 million shares or 0.65% less from 42.28 million shares in 2016Q1.

Tradewinds Glob Ltd Liability Com accumulated 12,296 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Geode Capital Limited Com last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock. Retail Bank Of Montreal Can last reported 355,750 shares in the company. Renaissance Tech Ltd Liability Company last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock. Texas Permanent School Fund reported 35,728 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Sector Pension Investment Board has 0.01% invested in the company for 32,728 shares. Blackrock Management Llc owns 201,940 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Victory Capital Mgmt Inc has 3,365 shares for 0% of their US portfolio. Envestnet Asset Management Inc owns 206,555 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Blackrock Ltd Limited Liability Company last reported 22,607 shares in the company. Ftb Advsrs last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement last reported 30,886 shares in the company. The Ontario – Canada-based Royal Bancorp Of Canada has invested 0% in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG). Financial Architects has 0% invested in the company for 416 shares. D E Shaw & Com owns 20,749 shares or 0% of their US portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since June 10, 2016, the stock had 0 buys, and 19 sales for $480,298 net activity. Wittekind Beverly B. sold 64 shares worth $1,148. Snapper Suzanne D. sold $4,428 worth of stock. On Wednesday, November 2 Port Barry sold $3,121 worth of the stock or 174 shares. 443 shares with value of $8,126 were sold by Christensen Christopher R. on Wednesday, August 3. $8,108 worth of shares were sold by Keetch Chad on Wednesday, August 3.

The stock decreased 0.23% or $0.05 during the last trading session, hitting $21.67. About 210,380 shares traded hands. The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) has declined 5.41% since April 21, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 10.74% the S&P500.

The Ensign Group, Inc. is a holding company. The company has a market cap of $1.09 billion. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as urgent care centers and mobile ancillary businesses. It has a 25.1 P/E ratio. The Company’s divisions include transitional, skilled and assisted living services ; home health and hospice services, and all other.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “The Ensign Group was formed for the express purpose of meeting the challenges of the long-term care industry in the 21st Century. Led by the country’s finest caregivers, with an aggressive team of industry and business veterans backing them up, Ensign is elevating quality of care to superior levels, and doing it one facility at a time.”

More recent The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) news were published by: Zacks.com which released: “The Ensign Group’s Unit Acquires River City Hospice Assets” on November 21, 2016. Also Streetinsider.com published the news titled: “The Ensign Group (ENSG) Unit Acquires River City Hospice” on November 18, 2016. Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “The Ensign Group Completes Acquisition of Legend Healthcare in Texas” with publication date: May 03, 2016 was also an interesting one.

ENSG Company Profile

The Ensign Group, Inc., incorporated on May 27, 1999, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as urgent care centers and mobile ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The Company’s divisions include transitional, skilled and assisted living services (TSA services); home health and hospice services, and all other. The TSA services segment includes the operation of skilled nursing facilities and assisted and independent living facilities. The home health and hospice services segment includes the Company’s home health, home care and hospice businesses. The all other segment includes the Company’s urgent care centers and mobile ancillary operations. The Company’s subsidiaries provide a range of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice, mobile ancillary and urgent care services. The Firm operates a portfolio to approximately 207 healthcare facilities, over 35 of which are owned, approximately 16 hospice agencies, over 16 home health agencies, approximately three home care businesses and over 17 urgent care clinics across approximately 14 states.

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