Palantir Technologies, a U.S. software company known for its artificial intelligence platform, has slightly increased its annual revenue forecast and revealed plans to buy back shares worth up to $1 billion. This move reflects the company’s confidence in the growing demand for its AI platform.
AI Platform’s Success
CEO Alexander Karp announced that Palantir’s AI platform, which was launched in April, has garnered users across more than 100 organizations, including those in the healthcare and automotive sectors. Additionally, the company is in discussions with over 300 additional companies that are interested in utilizing the platform.
Key Features of the AI Platform
- The platform includes an AI assistant that assists enterprises in making informed decisions about their operations.
Palantir’s shares have experienced significant growth this year, nearly tripling in value so far. The stock rally is in line with other AI beneficiary companies, such as C3.ai.
Positive Reaction to Financial Outlook
Following the announcement that Palantir expects full-year revenue to exceed $2.21 billion, slightly beating Refinitiv estimates, the company’s shares initially dipped by 10%. However, the stock recovered and rose 3.5% in after-hours trading as investors reacted positively to the share buyback.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Rishi Jaluria noted that while the numbers may be somewhat disappointing given the high expectations from retail investors, the buyback is significant for a company the size of Palantir.
In the second quarter, Palantir’s revenue increased by 13% to $533.3 million, slightly above Refinitiv estimates of $532.7 million. The company’s adjusted profit per share aligns with expectations.
However, revenue growth in both the government and commercial sectors slowed to 15% and 10%, respectively.
Factors Affecting Revenue Growth
Chief Financial Officer David Glazer attributed the muted revenue growth in Europe to reduced demand. Furthermore, Palantir’s commercial revenue was impacted by strategic investments in special purpose acquisition companies.
Glazer also mentioned that expenses would rise in the third quarter as the company continues to ramp up its AI platform and hire new technical talent.
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Chavi Mehta is a reporter covering U.S. technology companies, including semiconductor firms. Her work is primarily featured in the Technology and Business sections.