Subsequent to Dec 31, 2016, the company acquired one skilled nursing and assisted living operation, which included real estate, for a purchase price of $5.8 million. This added 124 operational skilled nursing beds and nine assisted living units operated by its operating subsidiaries. The skilled nursing industry, in which the company operates, is large and highly fragmented, characterized predominantly by numerous local and regional providers. This fragmentation brings significant acquisition and consolidation opportunities for the companies in this space. Last December, Universal Health Services, Inc. UHS acquired Cambian Group, PLC's Adult Services Division, which will significantly expand the company's market presence in the United Kingdom. Another company, Acadia Healthcare Company Inc. ACHC, recently took over Priory Group which added 327 facilities, making Acadia Healthcare one of the largest independent providers of mental health services in the U.K. Zacks Rank & Key Player Ensign Group carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). A better-ranked player in the space is HCA Holdings, Inc. HCA. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). It beat estimates in each of the last four reported quarters, with an average positive surprise of 10.2%. You can see the complete list of todays Zacks #1 Rank stocks here Zacks Best Private Investment Ideas While we are happy to share many articles like this on the website, our best recommendations and most in-depth research are not available to the public. Starting today, for the next month, you can follow all Zacks' private buys and sells in real time. Our experts cover all kinds of trades from value to momentum . . . from stocks under $10 to ETF and option moves . . .

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