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Ex-Dividend Reminder: Danaher, Ensign Group and National Healthcare

By Dividend Channel Staff, Tuesday, December 26, 10:09 AM ET
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On 12/28/17, Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR), Ensign Group Inc (NASDAQ:ENSG), and National Healthcare Corp. (AMEX:NHC) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Danaher Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.14 on 1/26/18, Ensign Group Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.045 on 1/31/18, and National Healthcare Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.48 on 3/1/18.

As a percentage of DHR's recent stock price of $93.49, this dividend works out to approximately 0.15%, so look for shares of Danaher Corp to trade 0.15% lower all else being equal when DHR shares open for trading on 12/28/17. Similarly, investors should look for ENSG to open 0.20% lower in price and for NHC to open 0.78% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for DHR, ENSG, and NHC, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR):

Ensign Group Inc (NASDAQ:ENSG):

National Healthcare Corp. (AMEX:NHC):

In general, dividends are not always predictable, following the ups and downs of company profits over time. Therefore, a good first due diligence step in forming an expectation of annual yield going forward, is looking at the history above, for a sense of stability over time. This can help in judging whether the most recent dividends from these companies are likely to continue. If they do continue, the current estimated yields on annualized basis would be 0.60% for Danaher Corp, 0.80% for Ensign Group Inc, and 3.10% for National Healthcare Corp..


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In Tuesday trading, Danaher Corp shares are currently trading flat, Ensign Group Inc shares are up about 0.9%, and National Healthcare Corp. shares are off about 0.2% on the day.


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