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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Solazyme facts

Headquarters (founded) San Francisco (2003)
Market Cap $592.6 million
Industry Consumable fuels
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $44.8 million
Management Co-Founder/CEO Jonathan Wolfson
Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Harrison Dillon
Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity (41.8%)
Cash/Debt $218.7 million / $20.25 million
Competitors FuelCell Energy
ExxonMobil
Valeant Pharmaceuticals

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 294 members who have rated Solazyme believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, SamsaricSufferer, helped bring the opportunity to our community's attention:

[Solazyme] continues to devote tremendous resources to R&D as it seeks to expand its potential markets far beyond biofuels. They have spent money to protect that R&D through patents. These patents have been wide ranging, extending its potential into medical, nutritional, agricultural markets. As many know, building up a portfolio of [intellectual property] grants one a substantial moat against competition. ... Speculative? Of course. Foolish? Only in the best sense of this site.

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