Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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If you’re interested in Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX), 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 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 see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock’s exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it’s worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that ‘volatility is far from synonymous with risk.’ Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is 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 MTX’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 1.95, we can surmise that the Minerals Technologies share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). Based on this history, investors should be aware that Minerals Technologies are likely to rise strongly in times of greed, but sell off in times of fear. 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 Minerals Technologies fares in that regard, below.

NYSE:MTX Income Statement, June 26th 2019
NYSE:MTX Income Statement, June 26th 2019

How does MTX’s size impact its beta?

Minerals Technologies is a small company, but not tiny and little known. It has a market capitalisation of US$1.9b, 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 Minerals Technologies 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. In order to fully understand whether MTX is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Minerals Technologies’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 MTX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MTX’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has MTX 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 MTX’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how MTX measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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