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How Does Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUSK) Affect Your Portfolio Volatility?

Alexis Guardo

Anyone researching Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUSK) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock’s exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it’s worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk.’ Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is 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.

See our latest analysis for Mammoth Energy Services

What we can learn from TUSK’s beta value

Looking at the last five years, Mammoth Energy Services has a beta of 1.8. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If the past is any guide, we would expect that Mammoth Energy Services shares will rise quicker than the markets in times of optimism, but fall faster in times of pessimism. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Mammoth Energy Services is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NASDAQGS:TUSK Income Statement Export January 24th 19

Does TUSK’s size influence the expected beta?

With a market capitalisation of US$977m, Mammoth Energy Services is a small cap stock. However, it is big enough to catch the attention of professional investors. It’s not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That’s because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Beta only tells us that the Mammoth Energy Services share price is sensitive to broader market movements. This could indicate that it is a high growth company, or is heavily influenced by sentiment because it is speculative. Alternatively, it could have operating leverage in its business model. Ultimately, beta is an interesting metric, but there’s plenty more to learn. In order to fully understand whether TUSK is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Mammoth Energy Services’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TUSK’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TUSK’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has TUSK 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 TUSK’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how TUSK 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.