Reviewing Harvest Natural Resources (HNR) & Transglobe Energy Corp (TGA)

Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE: HNR) and Transglobe Energy Corp (NASDAQ:TGA) are both oil & gas exploration and production – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Harvest Natural Resources and Transglobe Energy Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Transglobe Energy Corp 0 1 2 0 2.67

Transglobe Energy Corp has a consensus price target of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 141.38%. Given Transglobe Energy Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Transglobe Energy Corp is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Transglobe Energy Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33
Transglobe Energy Corp $122.36 million 0.86 -$87.66 million ($1.80) -0.81

Harvest Natural Resources has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Transglobe Energy Corp. Harvest Natural Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Transglobe Energy Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Transglobe Energy Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%
Transglobe Energy Corp -83.42% -12.56% -8.33%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.9% of Transglobe Energy Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of Transglobe Energy Corp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Transglobe Energy Corp beats Harvest Natural Resources on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Harvest Natural Resources

Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (Harvest) is in the process of dissolution and winding up. The Company was previously a petroleum exploration and production company. The Company was engaged in acquiring exploration, development and producing properties in geological basins active hydrocarbon systems.

About Transglobe Energy Corp

TransGlobe Energy Corporation is an oil exploration and production company. The Company’s activities are concentrated in the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt). The Company conducts its operations through the Arab Republic of Egypt segment. The Company is primarily engaged in oil exploration, development, production and the acquisition of properties. It holds interests in various production sharing concessions (PSC) in Eastern Desert Egypt and Western Desert Egypt. Its blocks in Eastern Desert Egypt include West Gharib, which covers approximately 34,860 acres; West Bakr, covering over 11,600 acres; North West (NW) Gharib, covering approximately 162,000 acres; South East (SE) Gharib, which covers over 125,650 acres, and South West (SW) Gharib, covering approximately 48,310 acres. Its blocks in the Western Desert Egypt include South Alamein, covering approximately 335,830 acres; South Ghazalat, covering over 465,300 acres, and North West (NW) Sitra, covering approximately 480,850 acres.

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