Data-mining and analytics company Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q3 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 21.8% year on year to $477.8 million. The company expects that next quarter's revenue would be around $504 million, which is the midpoint of the guidance range. That was in roughly line with analyst expectations. Palantir made a GAAP loss of $123.8 million, down on its loss of $102.1 million, in the same quarter last year.
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Palantir (PLTR) Q3 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $477.8 million vs analyst estimates of $474.9 million (small beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.01 vs analyst expectations of $0.02 (38.6% miss)
- Revenue guidance for Q4 2022 is $504 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $506.5 million
- Free cash flow of $32.6 million, down 42.7% from previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 77.4%, in line with same quarter last year
"We beat expectations for revenue growth this quarter and expect to have a strong finish to the year, even in the face of the continued strength of the U.S. dollar," said Alexander C. Karp, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Palantir Technologies Inc.
Started by Peter Thiel after seeing US defence agencies struggle in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) offers software as a service platform that helps government agencies and large enterprises use data to make better decisions.
Organizations generate a lot of data that is stored in silos, often in incompatible formats, making it slow and costly to extract actionable insights, which in turn drives demand for modern cloud-based data analysis platforms that can efficiently analyze the silo-ed data.
As you can see below, Palantir's revenue growth has been very strong over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $289.3 million in Q3 FY2020, to $477.8 million.
This quarter, Palantir's quarterly revenue was once again up a very solid 21.8% year on year. But the growth did slow down compared to last quarter, as the revenue increased by just $4.87 million in Q3, compared to $26.6 million in Q2 2022. We'd like to see revenue increase by a greater amount each quarter, but a one-off fluctuation is usually not concerning.
Guidance for the next quarter indicates Palantir is expecting revenue to grow 16.4% year on year to $504 million, slowing down from the 34.3% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 20.8% over the next twelve months.
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That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.77 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. Despite the recent drop, this is still a good gross margin that allows companies like Palantir to fund large investments in product and sales during periods of rapid growth and be profitable when they reach maturity.
Key Takeaways from Palantir's Q3 Results
Sporting a market capitalization of $16.3 billion, more than $2.46 billion in cash and with positive free cash flow over the last twelve months, we're confident that Palantir has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.
This was mostly a in-line quarter for Palantir. It was good to see positive cash flow, on the other hand revenue growth has slowed down and gross margin deteriorated a little. The company is up 1.13% on the results and currently trades at $8.02 per share.
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