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There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Option Care Health's (NASDAQ:OPCH) 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Option Care Health (NASDAQ:OPCH) so let's look a bit deeper.

What is 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 Option Care Health is:

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

0.076 = US$174m ÷ (US$2.8b - US$486m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Option Care Health has an ROCE of 7.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Healthcare industry average of 12%.

See our latest analysis for Option Care Health

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Option Care Health compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

While in absolute terms it isn't a high ROCE, it's promising to see that it has been moving in the right direction. Over the last three years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 7.6%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 93% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

What We Can Learn From Option Care Health's ROCE

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Option Care Health has. Since the stock has returned a solid 74% to shareholders over the last year, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

If you'd like to know about the risks facing Option Care Health, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

While Option Care Health isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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