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Here's What's Concerning About Doximity's (NYSE:DOCS) Returns On Capital

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Although, when we looked at Doximity (NYSE:DOCS), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Doximity is:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.13 = US$117m ÷ (US$1.0b - US$118m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

Therefore, Doximity has an ROCE of 13%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 7.5% generated by the Healthcare Services industry.

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NYSE:DOCS Return on Capital Employed December 4th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Doximity compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Doximity here for free.

So How Is Doximity's ROCE Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Doximity, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last three years, returns on capital have decreased to 13% from 23% three years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Doximity has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 11% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

The Key Takeaway

While returns have fallen for Doximity in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 41% over the last year. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

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