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What: Shares of renewable products company Amyris Inc (NASDAQ: AMRS ) jumped 11% today after the company reported earnings.
So what: First-quarter revenues dropped 23%, to $6.0 million, and Amyris lost $26.7 million from operations. But a $48.0 million gain on derivatives and debt extinguishment resulted in a $16.4 million profit overall.
Now what: The better news was that guidance for 2014 was reiterated, and management expects $100-$115 million of inflows from products and collaborations this year. Amyris also resumed production at the Brotas biorefinery, which was an important operational step.
This is still a highly speculative stock and it's difficult to know how to value the company with little revenue or history of returns. With that risk in mind, I'll sit out the move today, and wait for a more stable company to emerge in the future.
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