Hochschild profits, shares hit by low silver price
Hochschild Mining PLC (HOC:LN) shares are down nearly 5% on the day and profits were down 50% the year ending December 2012.
2012 was not kind to Hochschild as the miner's sales were also down 17% to $817 million.
Hochschild blames the slide on a 10% drop in the price of silver.
Production dipped 10% to 13.5 million ounces over the same time period, contributing to the profit decline.
The company's shares are currently at a premium relative to the rest of the mining sector, trading at just over 14 times the earnings forecast for 2013.