The Ensign Group, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend by 7.7% to $0.07 Per Share

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| Source: The Ensign Group, Inc.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, assisted living, home health, hospice and urgent care companies, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share of Ensign common stock, payable on or before January 31, 2014 to shareholders of record as of December 31, 2013.

"The increased dividend is consistent with our improved earnings, strong cash flow and additional growth in 2013," commented Christopher Christensen, Ensign's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is the eleventh consecutive year Ensign has increased its dividend, which reflects our continued confidence in Ensign's operating model and in our ability to return long-term value to our shareholders," he added. Ensign has been a dividend-paying company since 2002.

About Ensign

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 119 facilities, seven hospice companies, nine home health businesses and five urgent care clinics in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.

The Ensign Group, Inc., (949) 487-9500,