ATT Price to Book vs. Beta Fundamental AnalysisATT is rated below average in beta category among related companies. It is rated below average in price to book category among related companies fabricating about 3.05 of Price to Book per Beta. Beta is one of the most important measures of equity market volatility. Beta can be thought of as asset elasticity or sensitivity to market. In other words, it is a number that shows the relationship of financial instrument to the financial market in which this instrument is traded. For example if Beta of equity is 2, it will be expected to significantly outperform market when market is going up and significantly underperform when market is going down. Similarly, Beta of 1 indicates that an asset and market will generate similar returns during over time.
In a nutshell, Beta is a measure of individual stock risk relative to the overall volatility of the stock market. and is calculated based on very sound finance theory - Capital Assets Pricing Model (CAPM).However, since Beta is calculated based on historical price movements it may not predict how a firm's stock is going to perform in the future.Price to Book (P/B) ratio is used to relate a company book value to its current market price. A high P/B ratio indicates that investors expect executives to generate more returns on their investments from a given set of assets. Book value is accounting value of assets minus liabilities.
Price to Book ratio is mostly used in financial services industries where assets and liabilities are typically represented by dollars. Although low Price to Book ratio generally implies that the firm is undervalued, it is often a good indicator that the company may be in financial or managerial distress and should be investigated more carefully.