Transglobe Energy Corp (NASDAQ: TGA) and Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.9% of Transglobe Energy Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Transglobe Energy Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.2% of Harvest Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transglobe Energy Corp $122.36 million 0.89 -$87.66 million ($1.80) -0.83
Harvest Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.53) -4.33

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Transglobe Energy Corp and Harvest Natural Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transglobe Energy Corp 0 1 2 0 2.67
Harvest Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Transglobe Energy Corp currently has a consensus target price of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 133.33%. Given Transglobe Energy Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Transglobe Energy Corp is more favorable than Harvest Natural Resources.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transglobe Energy Corp -119.18% -10.87% -7.60%
Harvest Natural Resources N/A -25.98% -17.70%

Summary

Transglobe Energy Corp beats Harvest Natural Resources on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Transglobe Energy Corp

TransGlobe Energy Corporation is an oil exploration and production company. The Company’s activities are concentrated in the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt). The Company conducts its operations through the Arab Republic of Egypt segment. The Company is primarily engaged in oil exploration, development, production and the acquisition of properties. It holds interests in various production sharing concessions (PSC) in Eastern Desert Egypt and Western Desert Egypt. Its blocks in Eastern Desert Egypt include West Gharib, which covers approximately 34,860 acres; West Bakr, covering over 11,600 acres; North West (NW) Gharib, covering approximately 162,000 acres; South East (SE) Gharib, which covers over 125,650 acres, and South West (SW) Gharib, covering approximately 48,310 acres. Its blocks in the Western Desert Egypt include South Alamein, covering approximately 335,830 acres; South Ghazalat, covering over 465,300 acres, and North West (NW) Sitra, covering approximately 480,850 acres.

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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