The Ensign Group, Inc. Announces Completion of Spin-Off of CareTrust REIT, Inc.

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MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health, hospice care, assisted living and urgent care companies, announced today the successful completion of its spin-off of CareTrust REIT, Inc. In the spin-off, Ensign stockholders received one share of CareTrust common stock for each share of Ensign common stock held at the close of business on May 22, 2014. The spin-off is effective from and after June 1, 2014, with CareTrust shares distributed on June 2, 2014. Starting today, shares of CareTrust common stock will commence trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on a "regular-way" market (Nasdaq:CTRE).

"With the completion of the spin-off, we look forward to continuing our pursuit of a new standard for quality healthcare services in the post-acute care industry," said Christopher Christensen, Ensign's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Christensen also emphasized that Ensign will continue executing its existing business model and growth strategy, which will include acquiring and retaining the real estate assets for both well-performing and struggling skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the United States.As a result of the spin-off, CareTrust is now a separate and independent publicly traded, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") primarily engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of healthcare-related properties. Mr. Christensen also added, "The health of our balance sheet, our strong cash flow, favorable market conditions and the tax-free nature of the transaction have allowed us to establish capital structures for both companies that leave each not only quite healthy, but with plenty of potential for both near-term and long-term growth." Since May 20, 2014, there were two markets in Ensign common stock: a "regular-way" or "due-bills" market (Nasdaq:ENSG) in which shares of Ensign common stock traded with an entitlement to receive shares of CareTrust common stock on the distribution date; and an "ex-distribution" market (Nasdaq:ENSGV) in which shares of Ensign common stock traded without an entitlement to receive shares of CareTrust common stock on the distribution date. Starting today, all shares of Ensign common stock will trade only on a "regular-way" market without any entitlement to receive shares of CareTrust common stock.

In addition, as a result of the completion of the spin-off, Ensign's stockholder rights plan will expire by its terms at 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on June 3, 2014. Stockholders are not required to take any action as a result of this expiration. In connection with the expiration of the rights plan, Ensign will take routine actions to voluntarily deregister the related preferred stock purchase rights under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and to delist the preferred stock purchase rights from NASDAQ. These actions are administrative in nature and will have no effect on Ensign's common stock, which continues to be listed on NASDAQ.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as lead financial advisor to Ensign in connection with the spin-off, and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. also served as a financial advisor. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor to Ensign.

About Ensign™

The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, urgent care services and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 126 facilities, eight hospice companies, ten home health businesses and eleven urgent care clinics in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin. Each of these operations is operated by a separate, independent operating subsidiary that has its own management, employees and assets. References herein to the consolidated "company" and "its" assets and activities, as well as the use of the terms "we," "us," "its" and similar verbiage, are not meant to imply that The Ensign Group, Inc. has direct operating assets, employees or revenue, or that any of the facilities, the home health and hospice businesses, the Service Center or the captive insurance subsidiary are operated by the same entity. More information about Ensign is available at

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