4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Solazyme


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, renewable oil producer Solazyme (NAS: SZYM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Solazyme facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Francisco (2003)

Market Cap

$836 million


Consumable fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$42.94 million


Co-Founder/CEO Jonathan Wolfson

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Harrison Dillon

Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin



$266.5 million / $20.5 million


ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 99 members who have rated Solazyme believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFBiggles and All-Star brewersfan81, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Just last month, TMFBiggles nicely summed up the Solazyme bull case: "I like the potential for any company that can figure out how to monetize agricultural byproducts, and algae is certainly all the rage these days in both industrial and hippie-based applications. Taking money from hippies is a win in my book."

Currently, Solazyme even sports a debt-to-equity of just 8%. That's lower than that of listed rival Exxon (10%), let alone other clean energy companies like FuelCell Energy (NAS: FCEL) (63%) and Rentech (ASE: RTK) (474%).

CAPS All-Star brewersfan81 elaborates on the Solazyme bull case:

1) Fuels and Chemicals
2) Nutritionals
3) Healthcare (anti-aging cream)

Any one of these three could be a big driver (obviously, No. 1 would be a huge coup). Either way, this is really a bet on two things:

-Smart Management
-SZYM's microalgae patent providing an efficient solution that gives the company a moat

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