Company Update (NASDAQ:AMRS): Amyris Inc Enables Launch of New High-Performance Tackifier from Cray Valley Featuring Sustainably-Sourced Resin Technology


Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) announced the Cray Valley’s launch of new tackifying resins produced with the company’s biologically derived Biofene® branded farnesene. The disruptive nature of Amyris’s farnesene has enabled Cray Valley to create new tackifying resins that are based on monomers from sustainable biomaterials.  As a result, these farnesene-based resins are not subject to the cost and supply instabilities of petroleum-based monomers or the typical natural variabilities that affect the quality of pinene and limonene monomers.

Cray Valley’s Wingtack family of tackifying resins have been manufactured with piperylene (a volatile hydrocarbon that is a byproduct of ethylene production) as a primary source. Utilizing new technology has enabled Cray Valley to use farnesene as a sustainably-sourced 30% replacement for piperylene and add Wingtack® EXTRA F30 to its product line of tackifiers while maintaining solid performance, particularly for use in hot melt and hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives. Cray Valley will showcase this new technology and its product line at the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) Conference and Expo April 3-5, 2017 in Atlanta.

“We are pleased to support Cray Valley in the launch of new tackifiers with excellent performance characteristics that support growth in sustainably produced resin products for the large global market for these applications,” said John Melo, President & CEO of Amyris.

Large Market Opportunity

According to independent market research firm, MarketsandMarkets.com, the global tackifier market is projected to reach USD 3.56 billion by 2020. This poses a large opportunity for renewable farnesene-based tackifiers and Amyris believes it can access a large market share as its product applications within the space achieve commercial scale.

Since tackifier resins typically are derived from trees or citrus fruit sources, or petroleum based feedstocks, this will tend to have a long-term impact on natural resources. However, Amyris’s sustainably-produced farnesene, which forms the basis for a wide range of products — including tackifiers — supports solid product performance with the added benefit of utilizing a sustainable resource that is better for the planet.

Biofene

Amyris’s sugar cane-derived Biofene forms the basis for a wide range of products varying from specialty products such as cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and industrial lubricants, to transportation fuels such as diesel and jet fuel. As a tailor made pure hydrocarbon it provides numerous advantages when compared to petroleum-based oils and chemicals and is renewable, contributing to a sustainable future.

On the ratings front, H.C. Wainwright analyst Amit Dayal reiterated a Buy rating on AMRS, with a price target of $4.00, in a report issued on January 10. The current price target represents a potential upside of 655% from where the stock is currently trading. According to TipRanks.com, Dayal has a yearly average loss of 14.5%, a 33% success rate, and is ranked #4395 out of 4562 analysts.

Amyris, Inc. engages in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of fuels and farnesene-derived products. Its products include cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, performance materials, diesel, jet fuel, and lubricants. It operates through the following geographical segments: United States, Brazil, Europe, and Asia. 

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