What You Must Know About Enphase Energy, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ENPH) Beta Value

If you’re interested in Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), 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. 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 are more sensitive to general market forces than others. 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. 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.

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What does ENPH’s beta value mean to investors?

Given that it has a beta of 0.84, we can surmise that the Enphase Energy share price has not been strongly impacted by broader market volatility (over the last 5 years). This means that — if history is a guide — buying the stock would reduce the impact of overall market volatility in many portfolios (depending on the beta of the portfolio, of course). 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 Enphase Energy fares in that regard, below.

NasdaqGM:ENPH Income Statement, October 7th 2019
NasdaqGM:ENPH Income Statement, October 7th 2019

Could ENPH’s size cause it to be more volatile?

Enphase Energy is a fairly large company. It has a market capitalisation of US$2.9b, which means it is probably on the radar of most investors. When large companies like this one have a low beta value, there is usually some other factor that is having an outsized impact on the share price. For example, a business with significant fixed regulated assets might earn a reasonably predictable return, regardless of broader macroeconomic factors. Alternatively, lumpy earnings might mean minimal share price correlation with the broader market.

What this means for you:

Since Enphase Energy is not heavily influenced by market moves, its share price is probably far more dependend on company specific developments. It could pay to take a closer look at metrics such as revenue growth, earnings growth, and debt. In order to fully understand whether ENPH is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Enphase Energy’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 ENPH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ENPH’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ENPH 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 ENPH’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how ENPH measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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