Contrasting Apache (APA) & Harvest Natural Resources (HNR)

Apache (NYSE: APA) and Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apache and Harvest Natural Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apache $5.35 billion 3.27 -$1.41 billion $1.73 26.59
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33

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

Profitability

This table compares Apache and Harvest Natural Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apache 10.60% -0.70% -0.25%
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.6% of Apache shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Apache shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Apache pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Apache pays out 57.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Apache has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Apache and Harvest Natural Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apache 7 9 2 0 1.72
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Apache presently has a consensus target price of $45.38, indicating a potential downside of 1.36%. Given Apache’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Apache is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Summary

Apache beats Harvest Natural Resources on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Apache Company Profile

Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The Company’s production segments include: the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom North Sea. It also pursues exploration interests in Suriname. In North America, the Company has three onshore regions: The Permian region, The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region. The Permian region located in West Texas and New Mexico includes the Permian sub-basins, the Midland Basin, Central Basin Platform/Northwest Shelf and Delaware Basin. The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region includes the Granite Wash, Tonkawa, Canyon Lime, Marmaton, and Cleveland formations of the West Anadarko Basin, the Woodford-SCOOP and Stack plays located in Central Oklahoma, and the Eagle Ford shale in South East Texas.

Harvest Natural Resources Company Profile

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.

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