How Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (OB:EMGS) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

Anyone researching Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (OB:EMGS) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. 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 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. 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. A stock with a beta greater than one is more sensitive to broader market movements than a stock with a beta of less than one.

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What does EMGS’s beta value mean to investors?

Zooming in on Electromagnetic Geoservices, we see it has a five year beta of 1.97. This is above 1, so historically its share price has been influenced by the broader volatility of the stock market. Based on this history, investors should be aware that Electromagnetic Geoservices are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. 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 Electromagnetic Geoservices’s revenue and earnings in the image below.

OB:EMGS Income Statement, May 15th 2019
OB:EMGS Income Statement, May 15th 2019

How does EMGS’s size impact its beta?

Electromagnetic Geoservices is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of øre384m. 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:

Since Electromagnetic Geoservices 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. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Electromagnetic Geoservices’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

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

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