Daily News: February 22, 2012

The Ensign Group Secures $21.5 Million From RBS Asset Finance

The Ensign Group, Inc., the parent company of the Ensign(TM) group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, hospice care and assisted living companies, announced it received a $21.5 million seven-year term loan from RBS Asset Finance, Inc., an affiliate of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. The new loan carries a fixed rate of 4.75%.

“The number of compelling acquisition opportunities we expect to see in 2012, along with attractive financing terms, made this a good time to tap some of the unleveraged equity in our real estate portfolio,” said Suzanne Snapper, Ensign’s CFO. “Consistent with our past practice, we expect to continue our pattern of strategic borrowing to support the Company’s continuing expansion,” she added.

Greg Stapley, Ensign’s executive vice president, attributed the company’s ability to secure the loan on attractive terms to Ensign’s strong balance sheet. “These loan proceeds will supplement our strong cash position and allow us to add more quality assets to our portfolio, to enhance our competitive position in our target markets and to further strengthen our balance sheet,” he added.

Stapley reaffirmed that Ensign is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling skilled nursing, assisted living and other healthcare-related assets across the United States.

RBS Asset Finance, headquartered in Chicago, is The Royal Bank of Scotland’s asset financing arm in the U.S. It is a secured lender/lessor providing financing solutions to meet the equipment and growth needs of large businesses throughout the United States.