Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) reported earnings on Nov. 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Ensign Group missed estimates on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share expanded.

Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins grew.

Revenue details
Ensign Group booked revenue of $207.2 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $212.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $196.3 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.62. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.61 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q3 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.54 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 18.8%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.4%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.4%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $216.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $834.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.50.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 263 members out of 271 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 57 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 55 give Ensign Group a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ensign Group is outperform, with an average price target of $37.50.

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