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

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


This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Apache’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%
Apache 10.60% -0.70% -0.25%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Harvest Natural Resources and Apache, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Apache 6 9 2 0 1.76

Apache has a consensus target price of $45.07, indicating a potential upside of 5.25%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Apache shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Apache shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Apache’s top-line 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) N/A
Apache $5.35 billion 3.05 -$1.41 billion $1.73 24.75

Harvest Natural Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue 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.


Apache pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Apache pays out 57.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Apache beats Harvest Natural Resources on 9 of the 11 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 Apache

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.

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