If you’re interested in LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS), 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 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 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.
What LYTS’s beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.6, we can surmise that the LSI Industries share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that LSI Industries are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see LSI Industries’s revenue and earnings in the image below.
How does LYTS’s size impact its beta?
With a market capitalisation of US$77m, LSI Industries is a very small company by global standards. It is quite likely to be unknown to most investors. Relatively few investors can influence the price of a smaller company, compared to a large company. This could explain the high beta value, in this case.
What this means for you:
Since LSI Industries 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as LSI Industries’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LYTS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LYTS’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has LYTS 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 LYTS’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how LYTS measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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