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

Risk and Volatility

Harvest Natural Resources has a beta of 0.29, meaning that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EQT Corporation has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and EQT Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($8.31) -0.80
EQT Corporation $2.18 billion 4.75 $993.71 million ($1.76) -33.95

EQT Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Harvest Natural Resources. EQT Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and EQT Corporation’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%
EQT Corporation -15.03% 0.18% 0.11%

Dividends

EQT Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. EQT Corporation pays out -6.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Harvest Natural Resources and EQT Corporation, 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
EQT Corporation 0 5 11 0 2.69

EQT Corporation has a consensus price target of $80.69, suggesting a potential upside of 35.05%. Given EQT Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EQT Corporation is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of EQT Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of EQT Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

EQT Corporation beats Harvest Natural Resources on 10 of the 12 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 EQT Corporation

EQT Corporation is a natural gas company. The Company operates through three segments: EQT Production, EQT Gathering and EQT Transmission. The EQT Production segment includes its exploration for, and development and production of, natural gas, natural gas liquids and a limited amount of crude oil, primarily in the Appalachian Basin. The EQT Production segment also includes the marketing activities of the Company. EQT Production’s properties are located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. The operations of EQT Gathering include the natural gas gathering activities of the Company, consisting solely of assets that are owned and operated by EQT Midstream Partners, LP (EQM). The operations of EQT Transmission include the natural gas transmission and storage activities of the Company, consisting solely of assets that are owned and operated by EQM. EQT Transmission focuses on various transmission projects, including Mountain Valley Pipeline and Transmission Expansion.

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