Is Aptitude Software Group plc (LON:APTD) A Volatile Stock?

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If you’re interested in Aptitude Software Group plc (LON:APTD), 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 type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all 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. 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.

See our latest analysis for Aptitude Software Group

What does APTD’s beta value mean to investors?

Zooming in on Aptitude Software Group, we see it has a five year beta of 1.2. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. If this beta value holds true in the future, Aptitude Software Group shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Aptitude Software Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

LSE:APTD Income Statement, June 15th 2019
LSE:APTD Income Statement, June 15th 2019

Does APTD’s size influence the expected beta?

Aptitude Software Group is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of UK£270m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. Relatively few investors can influence the price of a smaller company, compared to a large company. This could explain the high beta value, in this case.

What this means for you:

Beta only tells us that the Aptitude Software Group 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Aptitude Software 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 APTD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for APTD’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has APTD 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 APTD’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how APTD measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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