Anyone researching Mistras Group, Inc. (NYSE:MG) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. 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. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, while those with a beta below one are either less volatile or poorly correlated with the market.
What does MG's beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.21, we can surmise that the Mistras Group share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Mistras Group 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 Mistras Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could MG's size cause it to be more volatile?
With a market capitalisation of US$386m, Mistras Group is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. It has a relatively high beta, suggesting it is fairly actively traded for a company of its size. Because it takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this, when a stock this size is actively traded it is quite often more sensitive to market volatility than similar large companies.
What this means for you:
Since Mistras Group 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 MG is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Mistras Group’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MG’s outlook.
Past Track Record: Has MG 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 MG's historicals for more clarity.
Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how MG measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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