This healthcare tech platform set to thrive as virtual care adoption accelerates
Doximity (DOCS) was founded in 2010 to provide a dedicated digital platform for healthcare professionals to connect, as industries like LinkedIn had done for other fields.
It has since grown to over 80% of U.S. doctors on its network.
Doximity allows job postings and profile updates while expanding offerings like Telehealth.
Strong financial results with 52% ROA and 40% asset growth reflect its success in connecting the industry, though the market views it pessimistically despite the potential for growth.
Thus, DOCS showed up on our screen. The company makes a great FA Alpha 50 name due to its potential for high returns and low expectations from the market.
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Healthcare has historically lacked a dedicated platform to connect professionals in the same way that LinkedIn enabled connections in other industries.
This changed in 2010 with the founding of Doximity (DOCS). Doximity was launched to fill the gap and provide a digital network specifically for healthcare professionals.
Its founders recognized that healthcare professionals needed an efficient way to communicate with colleagues, find jobs, and stay up-to-date on the latest research and treatments.
Currently, Doximity is the largest community of healthcare professionals in the United States with over 80% of U.S. doctors, 50% of all NPs, and physician assistants as verified members.
Similar to LinkedIn, Doximity allowed employers to post job listings to recruit healthcare talent more effectively. Medical practices, hospitals, and staffing agencies were able to reach a large pool of clinicians all in one centralized place.
Professionals could also update their profiles, indicate specializations, and connect with others in their field.
Since 2010, the firm has been broadening its range of products and strengthening ties with its premier clients.
One of these new products is Telehealth. Powered by Twilio’s APIs, Doximity Dialer allows seamless video connections between doctors and their patients.
These improvements led to strong financial results, with a return on assets of 52% and 40% asset growth in 2020.
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These figures indicate a robust and growing business, with efficient use of assets to generate profits.
However, the market fails to recognize the company’s potential.
We can see this through our Embedded Expectations Analysis (“EEA”) framework.
The EEA starts by looking at a company’s current stock price. From there, we can calculate what the market expects from the company’s future cash flows. We then compare that with our own cash-flow projections.
In short, it tells us how well a company has to perform in the future to be worth what the market is paying for it today.
At the current stock price, the market predicts that the company’s Uniform ROA will fall to 33%, a far cry from the 52% peak in 2020.
The market’s pessimistic view is caused by concerns about the overall macroeconomic headwinds.
By enhancing its platform with new workflow tools, Doximity aims to become physicians’ primary resource and the leading destination for all things medicine-related.
If it continues expanding its network reach and monetizing through additional service offerings, Doximity may see further upside despite broader macroeconomic challenges.
Its current modest Uniform Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.7x also leaves room for multiple expansion.
As digital transformation in healthcare accelerates, Doximity is well-positioned to solidify its role in connecting professionals across the industry.
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