Harvest Natural Resources (HNR) and Rice Energy (RICE) Head-To-Head Review

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

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Rice Energy and Harvest Natural Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rice Energy $778.91 million 0.00 -$269.75 million N/A N/A
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Harvest Natural Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Rice Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Rice Energy and Harvest Natural Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rice Energy 0 16 3 0 2.16
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Rice Energy currently has a consensus target price of $27.70, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Rice Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Rice Energy is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rice Energy 12.25% -13.19% 2.20%
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.2% of Rice Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rice Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Rice Energy beats Harvest Natural Resources on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rice Energy

Rice Energy Inc. (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and NGLs. The Exploration and Production segment operates in the cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The Company controls approximately 231,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Ohio Utica Shale cores. It operates approximately 1,164 drilling locations. The Midstream segment is engaged in the gathering and compression of natural gas, oil and NGL production of, and in the provision of water services to support the well completion activities of, Rice Energy and third parties.

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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