‘Ensign (ENSG) is a Well Managed Company’ Says Wasatch Advisors

Wasatch Advisors, an employee-owned investment manager, published its ‘Wasatch Small Cap Value Fund’ third-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 4.48% was recorded by the fund for the Q3 of 2020, above its Russel 2000 Value benchmark that returned 2.56%. You can view the fund’s top 10 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Wasatch Advisors, in their Q3 2020 Investor Letter said that their position in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) paid off from the aging population of America. The Ensign Group, Inc. is a home health care services company that currently has a $4.5 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, ENSG delivered a 47.81% return and settled at $84.70 per share at the closing of January 15th.

Here is what Wasatch Advisors has to say about The Ensign Group, Inc. in their Investor Letter:

“A number of our top contributors in the third quarter were stocks that continued to recover from the first quarter selloff as better visibility returned to the market. One of the Fund’s leading contributors was Ensign Group, Inc. (ENSG), an operator of skilled-nursing facilities, is a prime example. We held on to the position through the downturn on the belief that Ensign is a well managed company in a business that continues to benefit from the aging population in the United States. This patience paid off in the most recent quarter, as the stock surged on news that it was turning away government assistance and managing challenges related to Covid-19 much better than other skilled-nursing operators.”

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Last October 2020, we published an article telling that The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) was in 19 hedge fund portfolios, its all time high statistics. ENSG delivered a 76.33% return in the past 12 months.

As of September 2020, Wasatch Advisors had a 6.1 million share position in ENSG that amounted to $349.5 million. However, our calculations showed that The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) does not belong to the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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