MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, assisted living and urgent care companies, announced today that its board of directors approved a new stock repurchase program, which allows Ensign to repurchase up to $15 million of its common stock over the next 12 months.
"This program reflects our strong commitment to enhancing shareholder value and our confidence in the Company’s short- and long-term operating and financial performance," said Christopher Christensen, Ensign's President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Christensen reaffirmed that the Company expects to continue paying quarterly dividends and growing and diversifying its business, noting, “We are pleased that Ensign is in a position to simultaneously return value to shareholders through our quarterly dividends and share repurchases. Management and the Board of Directors believe that repurchasing Company common stock is an important piece of our multipronged capital allocation strategy.”
Mr. Christensen noted that the Company's strong balance sheet, robust cash flow and existing credit facility provide the flexibility to opportunistically repurchase Ensign shares while continuing to acquire well-performing and struggling long-term care skilled nursing operations, assisted living operations, urgent care centers and start-up or early-stage hospice and home health agencies.
Under the stock repurchase program, the Company is authorized to repurchase its issued and outstanding common shares from time to time in open-market and privately negotiated transactions and block trades in accordance with federal securities laws, including Rule 10b-18 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. The Company has no obligation to repurchase any dollar amount or number of shares under this repurchase program authorization, and the program may be suspended, discontinued or modified at any time, in the discretion of the board of directors and in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.
The number of shares repurchased by the company will depend entirely upon the levels of cash available, the attractiveness of alternate investment and business opportunities either at hand or on the horizon, and management's determination of value relative to market price, as well as other legal, regulatory and contractual requirements.
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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 182 facilities, thirteen hospice agencies, fifteen home health agencies, three home care businesses and seventeen urgent care clinics in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Kansas and South Carolina. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.
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