Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas small-cap Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Harvest Natural's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Harvest Natural facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston, Texas (1988)

Market Cap

$116.29 million


Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Trailing-12-Month Cash on Hand and Total Debt

$97 million and $0


CEO James Edmiston

CFO Stephen Haynes

Return on Capital (average, last five years)



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Over on CAPS, 413 of the 433 members who have rated Harvest Natural -- or 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Melaschasm and All-Star ACMIP, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

In late March, Melaschasm helped calm our community's concerns over Harvest's heavy Venezuelan exposure: "The large amount of cash on hand minimizes potential losses, if some of their oil fields are nationalized. The upside potential if oil prices go up, makes this a good way to play the oil market."

In a pitch from last month, ACMIP also highlights Harvest as a natural low-risk, high-reward situation:

At a meaningful discount to the value of [Harvest Natural's] cash (which notably is held in the US) and non-Venezualen assets, who cares what Chavez does? The company is debt free, should be able to operate profitably in today's low price environment, and is so cheap that even in the most draconian outcomes I can imagine I should still make money. Outperform.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.