Apache (NYSE: APA) and Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Apache and Harvest Natural Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Apache||$5.35 billion||3.36||-$1.41 billion||$1.74||27.10|
|Harvest Natural Resources||N/A||N/A||N/A||($1.53)||-4.33|
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|
|Harvest Natural Resources||N/A||-25.98%||-17.70%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
94.6% of Apache shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Apache shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Apache pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Apache pays out 57.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Apache and Harvest Natural Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Harvest Natural Resources||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Apache currently has a consensus target price of $45.38, indicating a potential downside of 3.78%. Given Apache’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Apache is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.
Apache beats Harvest Natural Resources on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
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.
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