Why Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) Stock Is Diving

Zinger Key Points
  • Fortuna Silver Mines shares are trading lower by 15% during Wednesday's session.
  • The company announced an offering of convertible senior notes worth $150 million.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc FSM shares are trading lower by 15% to $5.02 during Wednesday’s session after the company announced an offering of convertible senior notes worth $150 million, due in 2029, with an option for initial purchasers to buy an additional $22.5 million in notes.

The proceeds will be used to repay bank debt, fund working capital, cover general corporate expenses, and repay existing 4.65% senior subordinated unsecured convertible debentures unless these are converted into shares before redemption. The company plans to issue a redemption notice for the current debentures before the new offering closes.

The interest rate and conversion rate for the new notes will be set based on market conditions at the time of the offering. The notes will bear semi-annual interest, be convertible into shares, and include redemption and repurchase rights for both the company and the holders under certain conditions.

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How To Buy FSM Stock

By now you're likely curious about how to participate in the market for Fortuna Silver Mines – be it to purchase shares, or even attempt to bet against the company.

Buying shares is typically done through a brokerage account. You can find a list of possible trading platforms here. Many will allow you to buy ‘fractional shares,' which allows you to own portions of stock without buying an entire share. For example, some stock, like Berkshire Hathaway, or Amazon.com, can cost thousands of dollars to own just one share. However, if you only want to invest a fraction of that, brokerages will allow you to do so.

In the the case of Fortuna Silver Mines, which is trading at $4.99 as of publishing time, $100 would buy you 20.04 shares of stock.

If you're looking to bet against a company, the process is more complex. You'll need access to an options trading platform, or a broker who will allow you to ‘go short' a share of stock by lending you the shares to sell. The process of shorting a stock can be found at this resource. Otherwise, if your broker allows you to trade options, you can either buy a put option, or sell a call option at a strike price above where shares are currently trading – either way it allows you to profit off of the share price decline.

According to data from Benzinga Pro, FSM has a 52-week high of $6.36 and a 52-week low of $2.58.

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