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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 (Nasdaq: SZYM  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Solazyme facts

Headquarters (founded)

South San Francisco, Calif. (2003)

Market Cap

$454.2 million


Consumable fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$50.6 million


Co-Founder/CEO Jonathan Wolfson

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Harrison Dillon

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$167.1 million / $15.8 million


Archer-Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM  )

ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 349 members who have rated Solazyme believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TempoAllegro, tapped the stock as a particularly attractive growth pick:

Solazyme is one of the most interesting -- and misunderstood -- companies out there today. Many people think of it as a biofuels company. What they do is create different kinds of oils from very small algae in a patented process that happens in the dark. ...

This company IPO'd soon after May 2011 around $18.00 per share and has had a rocky ride down to its current price of about $7.46 per share. The market cap is not even a half billion yet. However, some positives are that it has a current ratio of over 8, and just over 43% of shares are held by insiders. ...

[D]on't you think after profitability comes, their engineers will come up with other innovations? You need to make your own decision, but for me, I will keep investing more into this company if things continue developing, as I believe they will.

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  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2012, at 6:48 PM, notthisagain wrote:

    To Keep Soaring? Are you by chance holding the graph upside down?

  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2012, at 7:37 PM, seattle1115 wrote:

    Watch Solazyme's nutritional product development carefully. If they can deliver half of what they promise, they can change the world.

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2012, at 5:24 PM, Lachplesis wrote:

    This article is foolish (yes with a small "f").

    1. ADM is not a competitor, it's a partner company.

    2. SZYM is not in a "consumable fuels" industry. They make oil. Oil is far from being limited to consumable fuel category.

    3. SZYM is not an energy stock.

    Do a better research please, as articles of such badly researched quality provide low value to Fools.

  • Report this Comment On December 06, 2012, at 4:50 PM, Aloft15 wrote:

    Bought this stock after foolish recommendation.

    Disappointed thusfar.

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