Does Banco di Desio e della Brianza S.p.A. (BIT:BDB) Have A High Beta?

If you’re interested in Banco di Desio e della Brianza S.p.A. (BIT:BDB), 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. 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 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 we can learn from BDB’s beta value

Zooming in on Banco di Desio e della Brianza, we see it has a five year beta of 1.1. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market the market. If this beta value holds true in the future, Banco di Desio e della Brianza shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Many would argue that beta is useful in position sizing, but fundamental metrics such as revenue and earnings are more important overall. You can see Banco di Desio e della Brianza’s revenue and earnings in the image below.

BIT:BDB Income Statement Export December 13th 18
BIT:BDB Income Statement Export December 13th 18

How does BDB’s size impact its beta?

Banco di Desio e della Brianza is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of €233m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Since Banco di Desio e della Brianza tends to moves up when the market is going up, and down when it’s going down, potential investors may wish to reflect on the overall market, when considering the stock. In order to fully understand whether BDB is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Banco di Desio e della Brianza’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 BDB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BDB’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has BDB 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 BDB’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how BDB measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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