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How Does Innovotech Inc. (CVE:IOT) Affect Your Portfolio Volatility?

Will Harmon

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If you’re interested in Innovotech Inc. (CVE:IOT), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.

View our latest analysis for Innovotech

What does IOT’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.37, we can surmise that the Innovotech share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that Innovotech are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Innovotech is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

TSXV:IOT Income Statement Export February 14th 19

Could IOT’s size cause it to be more volatile?

With a market capitalisation of CA$2.0m, Innovotech is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Innovotech tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it’s going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. In order to fully understand whether IOT is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Innovotech’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for IOT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for IOT’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has IOT been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of IOT’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how IOT measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.