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What You Must Know About Biomerica, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BMRA) Beta Value

Mercedes Harden

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Anyone researching Biomerica, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRA) 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 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 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.

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What does BMRA’s beta value mean to investors?

Looking at the last five years, Biomerica has a beta of 1.22. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If this beta value holds true in the future, Biomerica shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Biomerica is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NasdaqCM:BMRA Income Statement, February 21st 2019

Does BMRA’s size influence the expected beta?

Biomerica is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$22m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Biomerica 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Biomerica’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 BMRA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BMRA’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has BMRA 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 BMRA’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how BMRA measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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