Does Bobst Group SA (VTX:BOBNN) Have A High Beta?

If you’re interested in Bobst Group SA (VTX:BOBNN), 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. First, we have company specific volatility, which is the price gyrations of an individual stock. Holding at least 8 stocks can reduce this kind of risk across a 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 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 below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.

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What does BOBNN’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.27, we can surmise that the Bobst 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 Bobst Group 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 Bobst Group fares in that regard, below.

SWX:BOBNN Income Statement, July 26th 2019
SWX:BOBNN Income Statement, July 26th 2019

Does BOBNN’s size influence the expected beta?

Bobst Group is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of CHF834m, which means it would be on the radar of intstitutional investors. It’s not particularly surprising that it has a higher beta than the overall market. That’s because it takes less money to influence the share price of a smaller company, than a bigger company.

What this means for you:

Since Bobst 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Bobst Group’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BOBNN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BOBNN’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has BOBNN 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 BOBNN’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how BOBNN measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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