Here Are My Quick Analysis on Palantir Technologies Stock (June 2021)
19 June 2021
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What Does Palantir Technologies Do?
Palantir is a company that provides large organizations with a minimum of $500 million in revenue the ability to manage large data sets to gain insights and drive operational outcomes.
It was founded back in 2003 and its Gotham software was released in 2008. Gotham is focusing on the government intelligence and defense sector.
It was only in 2016 that Palantir came out with Foundry – a software platform with the intent to become the data operating system for companies and industries.
Palantir would be considered a fast-growth company with a yearly revenue growth rate of upwards of 40%.
Does Palantir Have A Competitive Advantage?
In my view, by starting work with the U.S. government through its Gotham software, they do have a reputation for trust. And that trust leads to brand recognition and helps its Foundry software too, which focuses more on commercial customers.
Palantir’s Apollo system is differentiated in a way that it’s able to handle Mission Critical Information National Security Systems.
Apollo is the engine behind Gotham and Foundry, a continuous delivery system that allows Palantir customer to have their software run in purpose-built government or classified clouds that live separately from a standard public cloud.
They are aiming to go towards level 6 in the future which is for Classified Secret National Security Systems.
So far, Palantir has been able to translate its technical prowess into solid business results which delivered nearly 50% revenue growth in 2020.
12 of the 21 deals signed in Q4 of 2020 were worth $10 million or more.
Overall, my view is that Palantir does have signs of some competitive advantage in terms of switching costs and branding. However, whether it is unassailable for the next 10 years or so is less clear to me.
How is The Management Quality of Palantir?
The CEO of the company, Alexander Karp co-founded Palantir with Stephen Cohen (current company president and secretary). Peter Thiel is the chairman of Palantir since 2003.
With three different share classes, class A (with one vote), class B (with 10 votes), and Class F (variable number of votes), it allows the founders the ability to control nearly 50% of the total voting power.
So far, the management has done a good job executing well with Palantir’s enviable position in the big data management industry, I think they are pretty decent so far.
How Is The Valuation Range For Palantir Like?
Based on a simple EV to Revenue, Palantir’s valuation is on the high side. Palantir’s EV to Revenue is at 37.87 as of 19 June 2021. Although it is lower than its historical EV to Revenue peak at around 56 back in January 2021, on absolute terms, it is still high for me.
Simply put, even if Palantir’s revenue doubled, its EV to Revenue will still be around the 18-19 range.
I like Palantir’s business quality and management’s execution so far. It is a pretty special company.
However, personally, I’d like to wait for a bigger margin of safety before I will consider initiating a stake.
For now, it is in my watchlist of quality companies I’d like to own one day.
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Chris Lee Susanto
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