RPT-Novozymes investors bet on biofuel and agricultural breakthroughs

lunes 11 de mayo de 2015 02:00 GYT

(Repeats story from late Friday, no changes to text)

* Shares trade at 37 times earnings vs. peer average of 21 times

* Unproven business areas key to high growth expectations

* Oil price and subsidies uncertainty have slowed biofuel progress

* Biotech farming field trials show promise

* Major breakthroughs not expected before 2019 -CEO

By Teis Jensen

COPENHAGEN, May 8 (Reuters) - Investors have high hopes for Novozymes and the enzymes it makes to improve chemical processes in a variety of industries, but analysts warn of pitfalls in a growth strategy reliant on a biofuel sector still in its infancy and unproven farming biotechnology.

Having built on mother company Novo's work in the 1940s to produce biological catalysts by fermenting them in large tanks, with its earliest products used to soften leather, Novozymes is now the world leader in enzymes that replace chemical agents in detergents and speed production of food, animal feed and corn-based bioethanol fuel.   Continuación...