SA Team (EPA:MLTEA): Risks You Need To Consider Before Buying

For SA Team’s (ENXTPA:MLTEA) shareholders, and also potential investors in the stock, understanding how the stock’s risk and return characteristics can impact your portfolio is important. Broadly speaking, there are two types of risk you should consider when investing in stocks such as MLTEA. The first type is company-specific risk, which can be diversified away by investing in other companies to reduce exposure to one particular stock. The second type is market risk, one that you cannot diversify away, since it arises from macroeconomic factors which directly affects all the stocks in the market.

Different characteristics of a stock expose it to various levels of market risk. A widely-used metric to measure a stock’s market risk is beta, and the broad market index represents a beta value of one. Any stock with a beta of greater than one is considered more volatile than the market, and those with a beta less than one is generally less volatile.

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What is MLTEA’s market risk?

SA Team’s beta of 0.25 indicates that the stock value will be less variable compared to the whole stock market. The stock will exhibit muted movements in both the downside and upside, in response to changing economic conditions, whereas the general market may move by a lot more. MLTEA’s beta indicates it is a stock that investors may find valuable if they want to reduce the overall market risk exposure of their stock portfolio.

ENXTPA:MLTEA Income Statement Mar 14th 18
ENXTPA:MLTEA Income Statement Mar 14th 18

Does MLTEA’s size and industry impact the expected beta?

MLTEA, with its market capitalisation of €370.00M, is a small-cap stock, which generally have higher beta than similar companies of larger size. Furthermore, the company operates in the aerospace & defense industry, which has been found to have high sensitivity to market-wide shocks. As a result, we should expect a high beta for the small-cap MLTEA but a low beta for the aerospace & defense industry. This is an interesting conclusion, since both MLTEA’s size and industry indicates the stock should have a higher beta than it currently has. There may be a more fundamental driver which can explain this inconsistency, which we will examine below.

Can MLTEA’s asset-composition point to a higher beta?

During times of economic downturn, low demand may cause companies to readjust production of their goods and services. It is more difficult for companies to lower their cost, if the majority of these costs are generated by fixed assets. Therefore, this is a type of risk which is associated with higher beta. I examine MLTEA’s ratio of fixed assets to total assets to see whether the company is highly exposed to the risk of this type of constraint. Given that fixed assets make up less than a third of the company’s total assets, MLTEA doesn’t rely heavily upon these expensive, inflexible assets to run its business during downturns. As a result, the company may be less volatile relative to broad market movements, compared to a company of similar size but higher proportion of fixed assets. Similarly, MLTEA’s beta value conveys the same message.

What this means for you:

You could benefit from lower risk during times of economic decline by holding onto MLTEA. Its low fixed cost also means that, in terms of operating leverage, it is relatively flexible during times of economic downturns. What I have not mentioned in my article here are important company-specific fundamentals such as SA Team’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is MLTEA’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.