Why Palantir Technologies Stock Is Falling Today
Lou Whiteman, 16 February 2021
Shares of Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) fell as much as 10% on Tuesday after the company released fourth-quarter results and provided guidance for the years to come. The company is forecasting dramatic growth in 2021, but much of that is arguably already priced into the shares.
Before markets opened on Tuesday, Palantir said it lost $0.08 per share in the fourth quarter on revenue of $322 million. The earnings fell short of Wall Street’s $0.02 per-share profit estimate, but the revenue beat by about $22 million.
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Palantir Technologies inc PLTR: A fraud since 2003?
MMa2019, 25 November 2020
Palantir has not made a profit since 2003. It is a software company that offers a product called ”Gotham” for the defense and intelligence sector, another product called ”Foundry” sold to the private sector. Both products run on a SaaS infrastructure called Apollo and use Amazon’s web services (AWS) as their PaaS. In 2015, during a promotion tour for his book “Zero to One”, Peter Thiel, the founder of Palantir explains to the audience that one should be wary of “buzz words”:
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Court orders Palantir to let investor in U.S. fraud probe inspect emails
Jonathan Stempel, 30 January 2019
(Reuters) – The Delaware Supreme Court on Tuesday gave an investor probing possible fraud and mismanagement at Palantir Technologies Inc more power to litigate against and inspect emails of the data analytics company co-founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.
In a 3-0 vote, the court said a lower court judge abused his discretion by preventing KT4 Partners LLC from using materials from Palantir in litigation outside Delaware, and from reviewing emails related to Palantir’s investors’ rights agreement.
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Palantir Has a $20 Billion Valuation and a Bigger Problem: It Keeps Losing Money
Rob Copeland and Eliot Brown, 12 November 2018
According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period, Defendants misrepresented and concealed that (1) ACM Research’s revenues and profits were diverted to undisclosed related parties, and (2) consequently, the company materially overstated its revenues and profits. Investors allegedly began to learn the truth on Oct. 8, 2020, when J Capital Research published a report entitled “Dirty business,” bringing ACM Research’s reported financials into serious question.
More specifically, J Capital concludes ACM Research is a fraud, over-reporting both revenue and profit. According to the report, “ACMR reports industry-beating gross margins of 47%” but “[w]e believe the real gross margins are half at the best.” J Capital also concludes revenues are overstated by 15-20%, undisclosed related parties are diverting revenue and profit from the company, the key means by which ACMR tunnels over-reported profit out of the company may be through about $20 million in overstated inventory and through cash that is inflated or compromised, and warranty and service costs are understated by at least $11 million.
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Palantir ordered to open books to investor seeking U.S. fraud probe
Tom Hals, 22 February 2018
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Data analytics and security company Palantir Technologies Inc must open its books to early investor Marc Abramowitz, who wants to investigate possible fraud and mismanagement at the highly valued private U.S. company, a judge ruled on Thursday.
Abramowitz sued the secretive firm, known for helping the U.S. government track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, after a 2015 falling out with Alexander Karp, the company’s chief executive officer. The lawsuit alleged that Palantir wrongly barred Abramowitz and others from selling stock in the privately owned company, while permitting sales by Karp and Chairman Peter Thiel.
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