Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE: FSM) and Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fortuna Silver Mines and Rio Tinto’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortuna Silver Mines $210.30 million 3.20 $17.85 million $0.24 17.54
Rio Tinto $33.78 billion 1.95 $4.62 billion N/A N/A

Rio Tinto has higher revenue and earnings than Fortuna Silver Mines.

Risk and Volatility

Fortuna Silver Mines has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rio Tinto has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.


This table compares Fortuna Silver Mines and Rio Tinto’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortuna Silver Mines 15.44% 9.15% 7.26%
Rio Tinto N/A N/A N/A


Rio Tinto pays an annual dividend of $2.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Fortuna Silver Mines does not pay a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.6% of Fortuna Silver Mines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.2% of Rio Tinto shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Fortuna Silver Mines and Rio Tinto, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortuna Silver Mines 0 1 4 0 2.80
Rio Tinto 1 7 9 0 2.47

Fortuna Silver Mines presently has a consensus target price of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 78.15%. Rio Tinto has a consensus target price of $50.12, suggesting a potential upside of 3.78%. Given Fortuna Silver Mines’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Fortuna Silver Mines is more favorable than Rio Tinto.


Fortuna Silver Mines beats Rio Tinto on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fortuna Silver Mines Company Profile

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. is a Canada-based mining company engaged in silver mining and related activities in Latin America, including exploration, extraction and processing. The Company operates the Caylloma silver, lead, and zinc mine (Caylloma) in southern Peru and the San Jose silver and gold mine (San Jose) in southern Mexico. The Company’s segments include Corporate, Bateas and Cuzcatlan. The Company owns interest in the Caylloma mine and related mining concessions located in southern Peru. The Caylloma property is located in the Caylloma Mining District, approximately 220 kilometers north-northwest of Arequipa, Peru. The Company produces approximately 1.7 million ounces of silver and over 1,160 ounces of gold at Caylloma. The Company’s San Jose property, which covers a silver gold bearing epithermal vein system is located in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. The Company produces approximately 4.9 million ounces of silver and over 38,530 ounces of gold at San Jose.

Rio Tinto Company Profile

Rio Tinto plc is a mining and metals company. The Company’s business is finding, mining and processing mineral resources. The Company’s segments include Iron Ore, Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Other Operations. The Company operates an iron ore business, supplying the global seaborne iron ore trade. Its Iron Ore product operations are located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Aluminium business includes bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters. Its bauxite mines are located in Australia, Brazil and Guinea. The Copper & Diamonds segment has managed operations in Australia, Canada, Mongolia and the United States, and non-managed operations in Chile and Indonesia. The Energy & Minerals segment consists of mining, refining and marketing operations in over 10 countries, across six sectors: borates, coal, iron ore concentrate and pellets, salt, titanium dioxide and uranium.

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