Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) Announces New Product

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO)

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) shares were off slightly (-3.4%) after the company jointly announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will now be available for licensing to processors of sugar cane juice and molasses. This announcement came after Praj Industries Ltd’s development work, adapting Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO)’s technology to sugar cane and molasses feedstocks.

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In the first phase of development, Praj Industries worked with Gevo’s technology using sugar cane and molasses feedstocks, undertaking test-runs to create a commercialized process to juice cane and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of Gevo’s isobutanol technology. Licensing is expected to be focused on Praj plants located in India, South America and South-East Asia, with initial capacity targeted to come on-line between 2019 and 2020.

Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj, stated, “We are excited to offer this technology to our global customers who stand to benefit from an additional revenue stream from isobutanol. Praj has worked on 750 projects for ethanol plants across 75 countries. This isobutanol platform can be offered as ‘bolt-on’ to an existing ethanol plant or as a greenfield plant. This isobutanol technology is the latest addition to Praj’s diverse product portfolio and reinforces our organization’s leadership in the bioenergy space.”

Isobutanol has several direct applications as a gasoline blendstock or as a specialty chemical solvent, or it can be used as Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) and isooctane. In comparison to other renewable jet fuels, Gevo’s ATJ has the potential to offer the optimal solution in terms of operating cost, capital cost, feedstock availability and scalability.

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Why Shares of Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) Rallied

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO)

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) shares rallied by 17.8% after the Chief Executive Officer, Pat Gruber, reaffirmed the company’s growth prospects amidst a changing government landscape and policy initiatives. The executive has also quashed concerns that recent events at the Department of Energy could have a catastrophic impact on the company and the broader BioEconomy.

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Luverne Plant Capacity

According to the executive, improving the production capacity of the Luverne plant is a core objective, as focus shifts to targeting the jet fuel, isooctane/renewable gasoline, and isobutanol markets. The CEO expects the efforts to help the company generate a good amount of profit even as the overall industry continues to face uncertainty.

The company is fresh from signing a binding agreement with a 140-year-old Germany company as part of an effort that seeks to strengthen operations on specialty chemicals and fuel products. Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) is also working on a number of deals to meet the 50% production capacity at the Luverne Plant.

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) is a renewable chemical and biofuels company. The company’s core operations revolve around the development and commercialization of alternates to petroleum-based products as a source of energy. The company is currently engaged in the research and development of isobutanol among other biocatalysts.

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) is also capable of converting cellulosic sugars into isobutanol, jet fuel, and isooctane

Budget Cuts Impact

The DOE could see its $5 billion budget trimmed by 20% amidst reports the Trump administration is considering a string of budget cuts. The direct impact of the move on Gevo, according to the CEO, is minimal.

“To be very clear the direct impact to Gevo is minimal in those kinds of budget cuts. The potential impact could be more direct on the cellulosic programs which have more exposure to DOE programs,” said Mr. Gruber

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) is currently exploring various federal programs with a view of getting loans and grants for financing its operations. Minnesota is one of the states that the company is eyeing for subsidies given that the state has similar programs for chemical products.

In a bid to strengthen its balance sheet, Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) has restructured its debt structure by exchanging most of its unsecured 2022 converts.

I have no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, and have no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. All information, including any data, is provided without any guarantees of accuracy.

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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.