Is Danimer Scientific Inc. (DNMR) A Smart Long-Term Buy?

Nelson Capital Management, an investment management firm, published its first-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. In the letter, the fund discussed their interpretation of the economy’s reopening drives, their asset transactions, tax updates, featured equity, and a special topic about the life after the pandemic. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Nelson Capital Management, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned  (NYSE: DNMR), and shared their insights on the company. Danimer Scientific, Inc. is a Georgia, United States-based biopolymer manufacturer that currently has a $1.5 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, DNMR delivered a -69.16% return, while its 12-month gains are down by -25.78%. As of May 07, 2021, the stock closed at $17.45 per share.

Here is what Nelson Capital Management has to say about Danimer Scientific, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“In the materials sector, we bought Danimer Scientific (tkr: DNMR), a next-generation bioplastics company offering completely biodegradable plastics that break down in virtually any environment.

While essential to modern life, plastic products are an ongoing environmental concern due to their longevity and therefore the pollution that results. Despite nationwide efforts to recycle plastics, only 8.5% of plastics waste in t he U .S. is being recycled, according to a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Danimer Scientific (t k r: DNMR) has developed a method to make plastic products that are 100% biodegradable and compostable without compromising on functionality. The company sells its PHA- based plastics under the brand name Nodax and is currently the only viable commercial-scale offering.

Danimer uses canola oil to create 100% biodegradable and compostable biopolymer, PHA, through a completely waste-free process. PH A biodegrades in both anaerobic (without oxygen) a nd aerobic (with oxygen) environments, and unlike other biodegradable plastics, it does not need heat, moisture, or an industrial composting plant to break d own. PHA-based plastics can effectively biodegrade in a waste treatment facility, the ocean, or even in home compost piles within 12-18 weeks after the product is discarded.

PHA plastics are versatile, adaptable and heat and UV-resistant. They have been FDA approved for food contact and are comparable in functionality to many products produced using petrochemicals. The formula can be customized to create many types of plastic resins for a multitude of p u r poses. The range of applications for products made wit h PH A is enormous and includes straws, cups, lids, bottles, produce bags, shopping bags, utensils, diaper linings, plates, wipes, toys, trash bags, seals, labels, glues and much more.

Danimer went public in late 2020 via Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). As a newly public company, Danimer’s stock price tends to be rather volatile, but we bought a small position for the long-term opportunities it offers. Dem and for PHA plastics is likely to accelerate over the next several years as corporations and the public become increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of wrappers from consumer- packaged goods. More government regulation of single- use plastics has pressured large corporations to adapt. Additionally, the Biden administration has a strong emphasis on climate change and sustainability which will provide a near- to-mid-term tailwind for Danimer. As the leading PHA innovator with over 125 patents across 20 countries, Danimer is well-positioned to benefit from these trends.”


Our calculations show that Danimer Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: DNMR) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Danimer Scientific, Inc. was in 58 hedge fund portfolios compared to 51 funds in the third quarter. DNMR delivered an 11.16% return in the past 3 months.

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