04 Aug '12, 2pm

Cosan: No Haven for Ethanol Investors: Filed under: Energy News

The stark reality of basing their business model on a food commodity has been brought into sharp focus for ethanol producers. The drought settling across the U.S. corn crop is helping drive up corn prices for hog producers, chicken farms and ethanol plants alike. Investors who simply must have a position in ethanol might think the sugarcane-based ethanol producers could offer a safe haven against the supply and margin squeeze that is certain to hobble GreenPlains Renewable Energy (GPRE: Nasdaq ), Pacific Ethanol (PEIX: Nasdaq ) and Poet (private), among others relying on corn feedstock. Think again! Cosan Ltd. (CZZ: NYSE ) is one of Brazil’s leading ethanol producers and sources sugarcane from other farmers as well as its own farms. After strong growth at the beginning of calendar year 2011, adverse weather conditions got the best of Cosan as well. Crushed sugar cane volum...

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