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:TVIA) 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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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Archer Daniels Midland Company, Solazyme, and ExxonMobil. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.