Why Shares of Solazyme Inc. Plunged Today

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What: Shares of Solazyme Inc fell as much as 10.6% today after the company reported first-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue was up 85% to $12.4 million but net loss increased from $26.5 million a year ago to $34.7 million last quarter. Even on a non-GAAP basis, the loss of $30.5 million equated to $0.44 per share, which was much higher than the $0.33 loss analysts expected.

Now what: Solazyme has long been a company with a lot of promise, and management pointed to progress in Clinton/Galva, the encapsulated lubricant Encapso, and Algenist. But Solazyme isn't anywhere close to leading to a profit, and analysts have high expectations for the company this year and next. Analysts have estimated revenue of $115.2 million in 2014 and $330.4 million next year, so Solazyme needs to pick up production to keep investors happy, something it clearly didn't do fast enough in the first quarter.

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