Palantir slides 12% after posting unexpected loss in the 4th quarter

  • Palantir posted a net loss of $148.3 million or $0.08 a share for the last quarter of 2020.
  • The data analytics software firm attributed the losses to stock-based compensation and to employer payroll taxes. 
  • Revenue, however, rose by 40.4% to $322.1 million for the company, which went public via direct listing in September 2020. 
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Shares of Palantir Technologies tumbled 12% Tuesday after the data analytics company reported a wider than expected loss for the fourth quarter.

The company posted a net loss of $148.3 million or $0.08 a share for the last quarter of 2020, though narrower than the $159.3 million or $0.29 a share loss in the same period last year. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a loss of $0.03 a share.

Palantir, co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel in 2003, attributed the losses to stock-based compensation ($241.8 million) and to employer payroll taxes ($18.9 million). Income from operations for the Denver-based company was $104.1 million excluding adjustments.

Revenue, however, rose by 40.4% to $322.1 million for the company, which went public in September 2020 through a direct listing. Palantir has inked numerous contracts with firms including Rio Tinto, a global mining group, California power company PG&E, the US Army,  and the Food and Drug Administration, among others.

Shares of the company have risen in recent months, driven in part by the Reddit-trading frenzy. Stock prices are up more than 30% in 2021.

For the current quarter, Palantir, expects year-over-year revenue growth of 45% and an adjusted operating margin of 23%. For the full year 2021, it sees year-over-year revenue growth of greater than 30%.

Disclosure: Palantir Technologies CEO Alexander Karp is a member of Axel Springer’s shareholder committee. Axel Springer owns Insider Inc, Business Insider’s parent company.

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