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

Profitability

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Cimarex Energy’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%
Cimarex Energy 20.45% 16.11% 8.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Harvest Natural Resources and Cimarex Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cimarex Energy 0 7 16 0 2.70

Cimarex Energy has a consensus price target of $136.68, suggesting a potential upside of 7.51%. Given Cimarex Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cimarex Energy is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Harvest Natural Resources and Cimarex Energy’s 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) -4.33
Cimarex Energy $1.26 billion 9.63 -$408.80 million $4.00 31.79

Harvest Natural Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cimarex Energy. Harvest Natural Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cimarex Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Harvest Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Cimarex Energy pays out 8.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are held 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.

Summary

Cimarex Energy 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 Cimarex Energy

Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates in exploration and production (E&P) segment. Its operations are located in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Its E&P activities take place primarily in two areas: the Permian Basin and the Mid-Continent region. Its Permian Basin region encompasses west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Its Mid-Continent region consists of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. As of fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 (fiscal 2016), its activities in the Mid-Continent were focused in the Woodford shale and the Meramec horizon, both in Oklahoma. During fiscal 2016, production from the Mid-Continent averaged 457 millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, or 47% of total company production. All of the Company’s oil and gas assets are located in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, 63% of its total proved reserves were located in the Mid-Continent region and 37% were in the Permian Basin.

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