Physicians Realty Trust’s (NYSE:DOC) Stock Is Going Strong: Have Financials A Role To Play?

Physicians Realty Trust’s (NYSE:DOC) stock is up by a considerable 23% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company’s financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Physicians Realty Trust’s ROE today.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Physicians Realty Trust is:

3.0% = US$81m ÷ US$2.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.03 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Assuming everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don’t necessarily bear these characteristics.

Physicians Realty Trust’s Earnings Growth And 3.0% ROE

As you can see, Physicians Realty Trust’s ROE looks pretty weak. Even when compared to the industry average of 5.4%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. In spite of this, Physicians Realty Trust was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 38% in the last five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Physicians Realty Trust’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 14% in the same period, which is great to see.

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NYSE:DOC Past Earnings Growth July 31st 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. What is DOC worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DOC is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Physicians Realty Trust Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Physicians Realty Trust seems to be paying out most of its income as dividends judging by its three-year median payout ratio of 89%, meaning the company retains only 11% of its income. However, this is typical for REITs as they are often required by law to distribute most of their earnings. In spite of this, the company was able to grow its earnings significantly, as we saw above.

Besides, Physicians Realty Trust has been paying dividends over a period of seven years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Based on the latest analysts’ estimates, we found that the company’s future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 85%. Therefore, the company’s future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 3.0%.

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Physicians Realty Trust has some positive attributes. While no doubt its earnings growth is pretty substantial, we do feel that the reinvestment rate is pretty low, meaning, the earnings growth number could have been significantly higher had the company been retaining more of its profits. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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