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It Doesn’t Get Much More Renewable than Algae

Zen Money News –  Issue 041

Today’s Hot Penny Stock – Cyanotech Corp. (CYAN)

Bob Harper, Managing Editor, The Zenect Wealth Report

On The Radar Report

Consumer goods market researchers have, for years, tracked and studied the rapid rise of the nutritional supplement market. According to market researcher Packaged Facts, the nutritional supplement market in the U.S. hit $11.5 billion in sales in 2012. They estimate the market to hit $15.5 billion by 2017. Packaged Facts suspects a desire for less-costly alternatives to traditional medicine to be the catalyst for this growth. Regardless of the motivation, the numbers don’t lie.


Ticker                                     CYAN

Industry                                 Biopharmaceuticals

Recent Price                           $6.02

Market Cap                            $32.9 m

Shares Outstanding              5.5 m

Average Volume                    3,723

Dividend Yield                       N/A



Cyanotech Corp. (CYAN) is a Hawaii based company producing two classes of microalgae based organic nutritional supplements, Spirulina Pacifica® and BioAstin®. The former is rich in protein, beta-carotene, B vitamins, and a host of other phytonutrients. The latter is an antioxidant H-bomb with 550 times the concentration of vitamin E.

The benefits of deriving supplements from microalgae are multi-fold:

  1. Microalgae grows up to 100 times faster than land based plants
  2. Uniform cell structure – meaning no leaves, bark, or stems – greatly simplifies production
  3. This uniformed nature allows for a more practically controlled growing environment


CYAN’s annual numbers were released on June 24, 2013.

The company reported revenue of $6.9 million in the most recent quarter. Up from last year’s fourth fiscal quarter revenue of $6 million. This is an increase of 15.2%. Cyanotech Corp. also reported a net income of approximately $2.6 million… a year-over-year increase from a net income of $1.2 million.

As of March 31, 2013, the company reported $4.4 million in cash and $5.5 million in long-term debt.


Trailing P/E  8.1 x

Price / Sales  1.2 x

Return on Assets  9.2 %

Insider ownership  36.2 %

Short Ratio  1.1 x

Current Ratio  4.2 x

Total Debt to Equity  27.6



 Cyanotech has been in the process of transitioning from a bulk ingredient supplier to a company that produces and markets its own consumer products. Over the past year their consumer products business, Nutrex Hawaii, has seen significant sales increases.

  • 54% sales increase in the 48 contiguous
  • 81% direct online sales increase
  • 105% international sales increase

The company is in the process of expanding production and building out additional infrastructure for its consumer facing offerings.



Michael A. Davis – Independent Chairman of the Board

Walter B. Menzel  – President of the WM Group

Brent David Bailey – President, CEO, Director

Jole Deal – CFO, Vice President – Finance and Administration, Treasurer, Secretary

Gerald R. Cysewski Ph.D. – Chief Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, Director












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CYAN’s 52-week low was $4.21 and the 52-week high was $6.70. Right now the stock is trading at $6.02. The 50-day moving average is near $6.13 a share and the 200-day moving average is at $5.17. The company has a market cap of $32.9 million and 5.5 million shares outstanding.

*All ratios and figures updated on 8/09/13


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