First Colombia Gold (OTCMKTS:FCGD) and Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE:FSM) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for First Colombia Gold and Fortuna Silver Mines, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Colombia Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fortuna Silver Mines 0 1 2 0 2.67

Risk and Volatility

First Colombia Gold has a beta of -0.32, suggesting that its share price is 132% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortuna Silver Mines has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

41.3% of Fortuna Silver Mines shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of First Colombia Gold shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares First Colombia Gold and Fortuna Silver Mines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Colombia Gold N/A N/A N/A
Fortuna Silver Mines 8.90% 4.94% 3.90%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First Colombia Gold and Fortuna Silver Mines’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Colombia Gold N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fortuna Silver Mines $263.30 million 1.52 $33.99 million $0.24 10.42

Fortuna Silver Mines has higher revenue and earnings than First Colombia Gold.

Summary

Fortuna Silver Mines beats First Colombia Gold on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

First Colombia Gold Company Profile

First Colombia Gold Corp. engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties. The company operates through Energy and Mining divisions. It holds interests in 96 oil wells with a gross acreage of 4,302 acres in the counties of Cumberland, Monroe, Overton, and Clinton. The company is also involved in the precious minerals exploration business. It owns 2 unpatented mining claims in the Skip Silver prospect covering an area of approximately 40 acres in central Montana. The company was formerly known as Amazon Goldsands Ltd. and changed its name to First Colombia Gold Corp. in November 2010. First Colombia Gold Corp. was founded in 1997 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fortuna Silver Mines Company Profile

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. engages in the exploration, extraction, and processing of precious and base metal deposits in Latin America. The company explores for silver, gold, lead, and zinc deposits. Its principal properties include the Caylloma silver, lead, and zinc mine located in southern Peru; the San Jose silver-gold mine located in southern Mexico; and the Lindero gold project located in Argentina. The company was formerly known as Fortuna Ventures Inc. and changed its name to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in June 2005. Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. was incorporated in 1990 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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