Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seeking Alpha: Should Investors Press Their Luck With Fortuna Silver?

Eight months ago I thought Fortuna Silver (NYSE:FSM) was one of the best plays on silver out there in the market, and the performance of the shares has backed up on that idea. Even with a recent pullback of more than 10%, these shares are up almost 90% from late December of 2013 and the comparisons with the likes of Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS), First Majestic (NYSE:AG), and Fresnillo (OTCPK:FNLPF) aren't even all that close.

So what now? I do like the significant improvements that the company has made in reducing costs - where I thought 20% reductions in cash operating costs were possible, management has delivered 30%. Better still, the company's drilling program at Trinidad North continues to suggest significant reserve expansion and mining potential here. I openly acknowledge that I underestimated management's cost-cutting abilities and may be doing so again, but I think valuation is less compelling today. If you believe that mining stocks can still support historical NAV premiums of 1.5x or more, the shares still offer upside (and on EV/EBITDA as well), but I take a more conservative approach and don't see nearly as much value remaining in these shares today.

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Should Investors Press Their Luck With Fortuna Silver?

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