Biofutures began in 2006 as a biofuels company that intended to purchase up-and-coming biofuels manufacturers. It made its first acquisition in November 2006 when it acquired Zurex, a Malaysian manufacturer with a license to produce biodiesel from palm oil. Since its initial entry into the biofuels market, Biofutures has seen some success, but as global capital retreated from the biofuels market due to other environmental concerns, Biofutures was forced away from biofuels. In May 2008, Biofutures officially became an Investment Company. Its acquisitions include the energy and utility sectors throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
True to its initial plan, Biofutures places special emphasis on companies with a potential share in the biofuels market. Though this market isn’t especially profitable, Biofutures’ current strategy is to maintain several plants around the world such as oil manufacturers with the capacity to produce biofuels easily, should the technology ever become economically viable once again.
For instance, the manufacturing plant in Zurex was paired with a refining plant in 2010 which produces refined palm oil for use in a variety of markets, including personal care products and food production. The refined oil which was once used as biodiesel can be used many other ways. Biofutures is a flexible investment company able to move with capricious market winds, and while the winds are currently blowing against it, the company maintains its viability.
Biofutures’ price on the AIM is especially low in light of the recent high price of palm oil. However, because the company is solid, flexible and capable of handling most problems, it offers a good investment opportunity for savvy investors. Should the price of palm oil go up due to increased demand for biofuels, for instance, Biofutures is expected to rise tremendously and be an excellent investment. Only time will tell how the company’s fortunes play out.