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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Energy $127.85 million 0.94 -$42.55 million ($2.84) -0.43
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.3% of Jones Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 37.2% of Jones 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Jones Energy and Harvest Natural Resources, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Energy 2 3 1 0 1.83
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Jones Energy presently has a consensus price target of $1.90, indicating a potential upside of 54.47%. Given Jones Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Jones Energy is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jones Energy -105.90% -0.80% -0.35%
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%


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

About Jones Energy

Jones Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s assets are located within the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Texas and Oklahoma. It owns leasehold interests in oil and natural gas producing properties, as well as in undeveloped acreage, located in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins in Texas and Oklahoma. The Company’s oil is generally sold under short-term, extendable and cancellable agreements with unaffiliated purchasers. The Company’s natural gas is sold at delivery points at or near producing wells to natural gas gathering and marketing companies. Its total estimated proved reserves are approximately 101.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Approximately 25% of its total estimated proved reserves consist of oil, over 32% consist of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and over 43% consist of natural gas. Its properties include over 1,020 gross producing wells.

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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