Head-To-Head Comparison: Harvest Natural Resources (HNR) & Energen (EGN)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Harvest Natural Resources and Energen, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Energen 0 10 14 0 2.58

Energen has a consensus target price of $66.19, suggesting a potential upside of 20.48%. Given Energen’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Energen is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Profitability

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Energen’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%
Energen -1.17% -0.45% -0.30%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of Energen shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Energen shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33
Energen $532.89 million 10.02 -$167.51 million ($0.11) -499.45

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

Summary

Energen beats Harvest Natural Resources on 7 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 Energen

Energen Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds.

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