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Niraku GC Holdings, Inc. (HKG:1245): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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If you own shares in Niraku GC Holdings, Inc. (HKG:1245) then it's worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. 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 type is the broader market volatility, which you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks on the market.

Some stocks mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. 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 we can learn from 1245's beta value

Given that it has a beta of 1.22, we can surmise that the Niraku GC Holdings share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that Niraku GC Holdings are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Niraku GC Holdings is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

SEHK:1245 Income Statement, November 6th 2019

How does 1245's size impact its beta?

Niraku GC Holdings is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of HK$556m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. 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:

Beta only tells us that the Niraku GC Holdings 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it's well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Niraku GC Holdings’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 1245’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1245’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has 1245 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 1245's historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how 1245 measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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