Harvest Natural Resources - All You Need To Know About Q4 2015

| About: Harvest Natural (HNR)


Harvest posted a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $73.2 million, or $1.42/share. For the year 2015, Harvest's net loss was $98.6 million, or $2.18/share.

The current book value of the Gabon assets is $28.0 million as of December 31, 2015.

HNR is still a total conundrum, and I am surprised that this company is still in business. However, it could be a good gamble in the $0.50s.

This article is an update of my preceding article on Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR), published on November 10, 2015.

Here's a look at the company's financial situation as of March 30, 2016.

$ million Year 2015 Q4 2015 Q3 2015 Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Year 2014
Revenues 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cash and Cash equivalent

in $ million

7.761 7.761 11.802 18.88 1.417 6.585

Total current assets

in $ million

11.048 11.048 14.931 19.857 2.064 7.302

Oil and Gas property

in $ million

31.006 31.006 54.455 54.544 54.539 54.290

Total current liabilities

in $ million

4.816 4.816 6.678 7.012 14.792 20.253

Total liabilities

in $ million

10.575 10.575 50.591 74.002 29.120 35.168
Gain/Loss per share $ (2.18) (1.42) (0.03) (0.60) (0.13) (4.60)

Net Income

$ million

(98.6) (73.2) 5.7 (25.7) (5.6) (193.5)

Long-term Debt

in $ million

0.214 0.214 0.106 0.145 8.9 (May 11) 7.6

Shares outstanding issued

in million

57.987 57.987 57.987 49.32 49.32 49.32

Shares outstanding

in million

51.415 51.415 44.077 42.748 42.748 42.039

Note: The company has not generated any revenues since 2010.

Note: The company continues to report Venezuela production and comment, whereas HNR has not gotten one single dollar from Venezuela since 2010.


Harvest Natural Resources released its 4Q'15 earnings on March 30, 2016. The company is in a very difficult financial situation. However, somehow the company is still in business despite a total lack of revenue and an oil market that has collapsed.

The Venezuela assets have been finally fully impaired. M. Edminston, CEO, said in the conference call the following:

As a result of the continued downturn in oil prices, political and economic uncertainty, continued deterioration in value of the Bolivar currency in Venezuela, and the inability to influence the operations of Petrodelta, the Company recorded an impairment expense on its investment in Petrodelta of $84.0 million, net to Harvest's 51 percent interest in Harvest Holding. This amount fully impaired Harvest's interest in the asset in the financial statements at December 31, 2015. Even though the book value is zero, this does not reflect the value that a potential buyer might pay for Harvest's interest in Petrodelta.

The Gabon assets offer more potential and the company has indicated multiple times its desire to farm down the prospect.

In December 2015, the Company reassessed the carrying value of the unproved costs related to the Dussafu PSC and recorded an additional impairment of $23.2 million based on its analysis of the value of the unproved costs which considered the value of the contingent and exploration resources and the ability of the Company to develop the project given its current liquidity situation and the depressed price of crude oil. The current book value of the Gabon assets is $28.0 million as of December 31, 2015.

Let's face it, Harvest Natural Resources is now on its last leg or close to it. The Venezuela argument is not valid anymore, and no one with a little understanding of the situation can imagine any positive that could come out of this total mess.

Even HNR indicated a zero book value for Venezuela and under $30 million for Gabon.

The only asset that can still be monetized is the Gabon prospect, but the depressed oil market has turned this asset into a near liability.

A quick look at VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGY) next door is enough to have an idea of the residual value of this promising prospect. EGY recently tested successfully the dentale and was able to score two producing wells in the North Tchibala sector. This is encouraging for Harvest Natural's prospect which targets the same dentale formation.

HNR has indicated its desire to drill a well, and conducted a tender for a jack-up drilling rig to drill a well in the second quarter of 2016. However, one offshore well in Gabon costs approximately $20 million to $25 million. We are now entering the second quarter 2016, and nothing has been decided, yet. Without a meaningful farm out, the company will not be able to do anything. Time is of the essence!

The company is again threatened by a delisting and due to the nature of this "so-called" business, the stock has no logical reason to trade in the NYSE and should rather be delisted to OTCBB and avoid the use of a reverse split.


It is extremely hard to give any recommendation for HNR, right now. I have been successfully trading the stock from the $0.50s to well over $1, and I own a small position under $0.57 right now. It is a total gamble and the stock can either collapse to a few pennies or eventually get back above $1.

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