Teachings from Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR)’s rally

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Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (Harvest or the Company) (NYSE:HNR) today announced that its board of directors declared a cash dividend of $5.75 per share of its common stock to all holders of record as of April 24, 2017. The company expects that the dividend, which will be characterized as a liquidating distribution, will be paid approximately 10 days after the record date.

We are going to take a close look at Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR) today to get a better sense of the company and its current status, as well as the opportunity it may offer for prospective investors. Today’s focus will be a fundamental evaluation of the stock from top to bottom.

As such, let’s start with the top line: Revenue trends.

Last quarter, the company saw its overall sales move to $- in total revenues. That represents an overall change in revenues, on a quarterly year/year basis, of 0%. If we translate that into sequential terms, the company saw sales decline by 0% from quarter to quarter.

Sales data gives you a great sense of whether or not a go-to-market strategy is hitting the right note. But operational execution on every level is how great companies manifest their greatness. And that only really shows up on the bottom line. As such, let’s take a look at that set of data.

Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR) is intriguing when broken down to its core data. The cost of selling goods last quarter was $10,000, yielding a gross basic income of $(10,000). For shareholders, given the total diluted outstanding shares of 11.18M, this means an overall earnings per share of $9.00. Note, this compares with a consensus analyst forecast of $ in earnings per share for its next fiscal quarterly report.

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 48% Buy with a Weakest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction. Longer term, the trend strength is Weak. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

With that in mind, what are folks on Wall Street expecting out of the company? Let’s take a quick look before we dig into the balance sheet and the company?s cash situation.

While we don’t suggest taking analyst recommendations as face value plans for action in a portfolio, we do think it is important to note where consensus is on a stock to understand what basic assumptions are perhaps already discounted into market pricing of shares of the stock.

At the end of the day, things aren’t always rosy. And it’s important to know whether or not a company has the intestinal fortitude to weather a storm. And that’s a question of balance sheet health and cash flows from operations.

As the reader is no doubt aware, for any company, balance sheet health sits at the heart of the company’s capacity to stand up to the demands and obligations incurred by normal and contingent operations, which in turn lies at the core of a company’s ability to retain the faith of investors in the marketplace. For Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR), the company presently holds about $63.38M in cash in the coffers. That cash is balanced against about $- in total current liabilities.

It’s important to consider both a static and dynamic picture, particularly where debt levels are concerned. This means, we need to take into account any trends. In this case, the company’s debt has been $falling. The company also has $107.1M in total assets, balanced by $7.9M in total liabilities, which suggests where this story might go under adverse economic or financial conditions.

As far as cash flows, the company saw a free cash flow last quarter of $(2.98M), representing a quarterly net change in cash of $60.83M. On a net operating level, the company saw about $(2.67M) in cash flow.

We will update the interesting story of Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR) as new events transpire.

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