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Armadale Capital Plc (LON:ACP): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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Anyone researching Armadale Capital Plc (LON:ACP) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. 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 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. 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 Armadale Capital

What we can learn from ACP’s beta value

Zooming in on Armadale Capital, we see it has a five year beta of 0.86. This is below 1, so historically its share price has been rather independent from the market. 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 Armadale Capital fares in that regard, below.

AIM:ACP Income Statement, March 15th 2019

How does ACP’s size impact its beta?

Armadale Capital is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of UK£4.3m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. Very small companies often have a low beta value because their share prices are not well correlated with market volatility. This could be because the price is reacting to company specific events. Alternatively, the shares may not be actively traded.

What this means for you:

Since Armadale Capital 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 ACP is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Armadale Capital’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 ACP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ACP’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has ACP 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 ACP’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how ACP measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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