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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Harvest Natural Resources and Anadarko Petroleum, 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
Anadarko Petroleum 1 5 18 0 2.71

Anadarko Petroleum has a consensus target price of $63.85, suggesting a potential upside of 16.05%.

Dividends

Anadarko Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Anadarko Petroleum pays out -5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Anadarko Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
Anadarko Petroleum $7.87 billion 3.83 -$3.07 billion ($3.54) -15.54

Harvest Natural Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Anadarko Petroleum. Anadarko Petroleum 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 Anadarko Petroleum’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%
Anadarko Petroleum -17.13% -9.82% -3.27%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.8% of Anadarko Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Anadarko Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Anadarko Petroleum beats Harvest Natural Resources on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Harvest Natural Resources Company Profile

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.

Anadarko Petroleum Company Profile

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in developing, acquiring, and exploring for oil and natural-gas resources. The Company’s segments include Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Midstream, and Marketing. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States and International. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment explores for and produces oil, condensate, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs), and focuses on the development and operation of the Company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique. The Midstream segment engages in gathering, processing, treating and transporting Anadarko and third-party oil, natural-gas and NGLs production. The Marketing segment sells Anadarko’s oil, natural-gas and NGLs production, as well as third-party purchased volumes. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE).

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