If you're interested in SharpSpring, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHSP), 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 category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. 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 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.
What SHSP's beta value tells investors
Given that it has a beta of 1.12, we can surmise that the SharpSpring share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility (over the last 5 years). If this beta value holds true in the future, SharpSpring shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether SharpSpring is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.
How does SHSP's size impact its beta?
SharpSpring is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of US$146m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. 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:
Beta only tells us that the SharpSpring share price is sensitive to broader market movements. This could indicate that it is a high growth company, or is heavily influenced by sentiment because it is speculative. Alternatively, it could have operating leverage in its business model. Ultimately, beta is an interesting metric, but there's plenty more to learn. In order to fully understand whether SHSP is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as SharpSpring’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SHSP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SHSP’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has SHSP 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 SHSP's historicals for more clarity.
- Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how SHSP measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.
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