Orange County Business Journal

Ensign Shares Rise on Full-Year Guidance

Vita Reed Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shares of Mission Viejo-based nursing home operator Ensign Group Inc. were up in afternoon trading Thursday, a day after the company provided guidance for the current year that surpassed forecasts.

A gain of about 5% put the company’s market share at about $663 million.

The company said it could see a profit of $61.6 million to $63.6 million. Wall Street expects Ensign to post a profit of $59.2 million.

Ensign forecast full-year revenue of $915 million to $931 million. Wall Street expects the company’s revenue to be $893.1 million in 2013.

The full-year forecast came the same day the company reported fourth-quarter results that missed analyst expectations.

The company reported an adjusted profit of $13.5 million, which fell short of consensus estimates of $14.1 million.

Revenue was up 10% to $211 million. Analysts were looking for Ensign to have revenue of $214.2 million.

Ensign reported net income of $1.9 million for the quarter. The company said that number was affected by a $15 million reserve set aside in anticipation of a possible settlement of a Department of Justice civil investigation of the company that’s been ongoing since 2006.

Ensign earned $40.6 million on revenue of $824.7 million for all of 2012.