The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

Feb 07, 2019 • 01:00 pm ET

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The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

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Operator
Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Ensign Group Incorporated Year-End 2018 Earning Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions will be given at that time. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Chad Keetch, Executive Vice President. You may begin.

Executive
Chad A. Keetch

Thank you, Sonia. Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us today. We filed our earnings press release yesterday. This announcement is available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.ensigngroup.net. A replay of this call will also be available on our website until 5:00 P.M. Pacific on Friday, March 1st, 2019. We want to remind any listeners that may be listening to a replay of this call, that all the statements made are as of today, February 7, 2019, and these statements have not been nor will be updated subsequent to today's call.

Also, any forward-looking statements made today are based on Management's current expectations, assumptions and beliefs about our business and the environment in which we operate. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to materially differ from those expressed or implied on today's call. Listeners should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review our SEC filings for a more complete discussion of factors that could impact our results.

Except as required by Federal Securities laws, Ensign and its affiliates do not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements where changes arise as a result of new information, future events, changing circumstances or for any other reason. In addition, The Ensign Group, Inc. is a Holding Company with no direct operating assets, employees or revenues.

Certain of our wholly-owned independent subsidiaries collectively referred to as the Service Center provide accounting, payroll, human resources, information technology, legal, risk management and other services to the other operating subsidiaries through contractual relationships with such subsidiaries. In addition, our wholly-owned captive insurance Company, which we refer to as the captive, provides certain claims made coverage to our operating subsidiaries for general and professional liability as well as for workers' compensation and insurance liabilities.

The words Ensign, Company, we, our and us refer to The Ensign Group, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. All our operating subsidiaries, the Service Center and the Captive are operated by separate, wholly-owned independent Companies and have their own Management, employees and assets. References herein to the consolidated Company and its assets and activities as well as the use of terms we, us and our and similar terms used today are not meant to imply nor should it be construed as meaning that The Ensign Group, Inc. has direct operating assets, employees or revenue or that any of the subsidiaries are operated by The Ensign Group.

Also we supplement our GAAP reporting with non-GAAP metrics. When viewed together with our GAAP results, we believe