If you own shares in Sadbhav Infrastructure Project Limited (NSE:SADBHIN) 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 type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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. 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. 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.
What SADBHIN’s beta value tells investors
Sadbhav Infrastructure Project has a five-year beta of 1.05. This is reasonably close to the market beta of 1, so the stock has in the past displayed similar levels of volatility to the overall market. If the future looks like the past, we could therefore consider it likely that the stock price will experience share price volatility that is roughly similar to the overall market. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Sadbhav Infrastructure Project is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
Could SADBHIN’s size cause it to be more volatile?
Sadbhav Infrastructure Project is a small cap stock with a market capitalisation of ₹36b. Most companies this size are actively traded. It takes less capital to move the share price of small companies, and they are also more impacted by company specific events, so it’s a bit of a surprise that the beta is so close to the overall market.
What this means for you:
Since Sadbhav Infrastructure Project has a beta close to one, it will probably show a positive return when the market is moving up, based on history. If you’re trying to generate better returns than the market, it would be worth thinking about other metrics such as cashflows, dividends and revenue growth might be a more useful guide to the future. In order to fully understand whether SADBHIN is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Sadbhav Infrastructure Project’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SADBHIN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SADBHIN’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has SADBHIN 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 SADBHIN’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how SADBHIN measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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