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How Does Investing In Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (BIT:SAL) Impact The Volatility Of Your Portfolio?

If you’re interested in Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (BIT:SAL), 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. Beta can be a useful tool to understand how much a stock is influenced by market risk (volatility). However, Warren Buffett said ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk’ in his 2014 letter to investors. So, while useful, beta is not the only metric to consider. To use beta as an investor, you must first understand that the overall market has a beta of one. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

View our latest analysis for Salini Impregilo

What SAL’s beta value tells investors

Given that it has a beta of 1.71, we can surmise that the Salini Impregilo share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Salini Impregilo shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Share price volatility is well worth considering, but most long term investors consider the history of revenue and earnings growth to be more important. Take a look at how Salini Impregilo fares in that regard, below.

BIT:SAL Income Statement Export December 14th 18

How does SAL’s size impact its beta?

Salini Impregilo is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of €830m, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It has a relatively high beta, which is not unusual among small-cap stocks. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a smaller company, actively traded small-cap stocks often have a higher beta that a similar large-cap stock.

What this means for you:

Since Salini Impregilo has a reasonably high beta, it’s worth considering why it is so heavily influenced by broader market sentiment. For example, it might be a high growth stock or have a lot of operating leverage in its business model. In order to fully understand whether SAL is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Salini Impregilo’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 SAL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SAL’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has SAL 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 SAL’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how SAL 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.