Before You Buy Mistras Group, Inc. (NYSE:MG), Consider Its Volatility

If you’re interested in Mistras Group, Inc. (NYSE:MG), 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 mimic the volatility of the market quite closely, while others demonstrate muted, exagerrated or uncorrelated price movements. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know 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.

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What does MG’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.20, 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.

NYSE:MG Income Statement, December 23rd 2019
NYSE:MG Income Statement, December 23rd 2019

Does MG’s size influence the expected beta?

Mistras Group is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of US$422m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. 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 Mistras Group 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. 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 highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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