Thursday, March 29, 2007

Diversa Closes Share Offering

ast night in after hours trading, Diversa Corporation issued a press release concerning the closure of a previously announced $100 million share offering(see below). The expedient closure of this agreement bodes well for the future Diversa. First the going concern notification announced by Diversa is now a non-issue, second the rapid closure tells me that large institutions with deep pockets believe in the longevity of the company.

As I mentioned before, my main concerns with Diversa were the going concern notification and T.Rowe Price's discontent over the purposed acquisition of Celunol Corp. With the major issue of insufficient funds now resolved, I feel more confident that the Price issue will also conclude without much of a scene.

There appears to be two likely scenarios. First, if Price can convince the other major holders and the board of directors that the deal was inappropriate from conception; the market will likely return DVSA's share price to where it was trading at prior to the announcement. Second, if the board can provide sufficient evidence to Price and the other majors that the merger is in the best interest of the shareholders, the market will like wise reward DVSA a higher premium as it strengthens its position in the emerging cellulosic ethanol industry. Even more importantly, the share offering is not contingent upon Diversa's pending merger with Celunol Corp. Ultimately this means that these well funded institutions believe Diversa will emerge a winner with or without the addition of Celunol.

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