Amyris, Inc. :AMRS-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2016 By the Numbers : November 4, 2016

Amyris, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Amyris, Inc. – Green Plains Inc., Total SA Sponsored ADR Class B and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (GPRE-US, TOT-US and DD-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 26.54 million, Net Earnings of USD -19.70 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 1.58% to 43.96% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -45.31% from -246.99%.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2015-09-30 2015-12-31 2016-03-31 2016-06-30 2016-09-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 8.59 9.85 8.81 9.6 26.54
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -25.17 109.33 320.57 187.4 208.97
Earnings (mil) -76.66 -48.34 -15.31 -13.57 -19.7
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -109.23 -183.32 70.7 71.22 74.3
Net Margin (%) -892.38 -490.93 -173.74 -141.33 -74.23
EPS -0.55 -0.23 -0.12 -0.11 -0.08
Return on Equity (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Return on Assets (%) -207.13 -157.71 -57.68 -52.18 -76.79

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

AMRS-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 208.97% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that AMRS-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 176.53% and earnings by -45.25% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 1.58% to 43.96% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from -246.99% to -45.31% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 17.79% and EBITDA margins were -208.62% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -282.97% to -45.31% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -73.67% compared to -883.59% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

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. The company was founded by Jack D. Newman, Kinkead Keith Reiling and Neil Renninger on July 17, 2003 and is headquartered in Emeryville, CA.

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