Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Stock Upgraded (FSM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE: FSM) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FSM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.50, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 42.44% is the gross profit margin for FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FSM's net profit margin of -0.87% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC has not done very well: it is down 19.19% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 103.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.03 million to -$0.26 million.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. engages in the exploration, extraction, and processing of silver and gold properties in Latin America. Fortuna Silver Mines has a market cap of $477.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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