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Should You Have Martin Midstream Partners LP’s (NASDAQ:MMLP) In Your Portfolio?

Alvin Rowe

If you’re interested in Martin Midstream Partners LP (NASDAQ:MMLP), 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 other type, which cannot be diversified away, is the volatility of the entire market. Every stock in the market is exposed to this volatility, which is linked to the fact that stocks prices are correlated in an efficient 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 Martin Midstream Partners

What does MMLP’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.5, we can surmise that the Martin Midstream Partners share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Martin Midstream Partners 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 Martin Midstream Partners fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqGS:MMLP Income Statement Export September 7th 18

Does MMLP’s size influence the expected beta?

Martin Midstream Partners is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$442.3m, which means it is probably under the radar of 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 Martin Midstream Partners 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 Martin Midstream Partners’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 MMLP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MMLP’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has MMLP 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 MMLP’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how MMLP 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.