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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energen $532.89 million 9.91 -$167.51 million ($0.11) -494.09
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33

Harvest Natural Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings 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.

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Energen presently has a consensus target price of $66.19, suggesting a potential upside of 21.79%. Given Energen’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Energen is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.1% of Energen shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Energen shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energen -1.17% -0.45% -0.30%
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%

Summary

Energen beats Harvest Natural Resources on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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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