Anyone researching Nordic Mining ASA (OB:NOM) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. 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 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 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 does NOM’s beta value mean to investors?
Given that it has a beta of 1.39, we can surmise that the Nordic Mining share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If the past is any guide, we would expect that Nordic Mining 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 Nordic Mining fares in that regard, below.
Does NOM’s size influence the expected beta?
Nordic Mining is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of kr223m, 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:
Beta only tells us that the Nordic Mining 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. In order to fully understand whether NOM is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Nordic Mining’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for NOM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for NOM’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has NOM 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 NOM’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how NOM measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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