Fortuna Silver Mines (TSE:FVI) shareholders have endured a 47% loss from investing in the stock a year ago

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It’s easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Investors in Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (TSE:FVI) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 47%. That’s well below the market return of 19%. On the other hand, the stock is actually up 27% over three years.

So let’s have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business’ progress.

Check out our latest analysis for Fortuna Silver Mines

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During the unfortunate twelve months during which the Fortuna Silver Mines share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 97%. Of course, the situation might betray previous over-optimism about growth.

It’s surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it’s well worth checking out some other metrics, too.

Fortuna Silver Mines managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since we can’t easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Fortuna Silver Mines will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 19% in the last year, Fortuna Silver Mines shareholders lost 47%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 3% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Fortuna Silver Mines better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Fortuna Silver Mines .

Fortuna Silver Mines is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

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