Shares of Palantir pop as it reports first profitable quarter

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A banner featuring the logo of Palantir Technologies (PLTR) is seen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the day of their initial public offering (IPO) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., September 30, 2020.

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Shares of Palantir popped as much as 19% in extended trading Monday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates on top and bottom lines.

Here’s how the company did:

  • EPS: 4 cents adjusted vs. 3 cents expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv
  • Revenue: $509 million vs. $502 million expected by analysts, according to Refinitiviv.

Palantir’s revenue for the quarter increased 18% year over year, and its U.S. commercial revenue grew 12%. The software company, which is known for its work with the government, said its US commercial customer count increased 79% year over year, growing from 80 customers to 143.

The company also reported its first ever quarter of positive net income on a GAAP basis, at $31 million.

“With this result, Palantir is profitable,” CEO Alex Karp said in the release. “This is a significant moment for us and our supporters.”

Palantir said it expects to report between $503 million and $507 million in revenue during its first quarter, and between 2.18 billion and 2.23 billion for the full year.

In a letter to shareholders, Karp said the company expects to generate profit for the current fiscal year, which would mark Palantir’s first profitable year in the company’s history.

He said a substantial U.S. commercial business has emerged at Palantir in the last two years, and that it reflects the “unrelenting demand” from customers. In 2018, Palantir generated a total of $38 million from its commercial U.S. business, but as of 2022, it generated $335 million, Karp said.

“When we were just starting out, many doubted our ability to evolve beyond anything more than a specialty provider of software to a handful of government customers, let alone generate meaningful revenue from the government sector as a whole,” Karp wrote. “They were wrong.”

The company will hold its quarterly call with investors at 5:00 P.M. ET Monday.

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