September 30, 2020 |
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Data-mining company Palantir is set to go public on Wednesday when its shares start trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Dubbed the “most secretive” Silicon Valley startup, it has faced criticism for its ties to the Department of Homeland Security and has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses, while other critics have raised concerns that insiders will have excessive control once the company is public.
Here’s why Palantir is attracting investors’ attention.
1. It’s valued around $16 billion, but isn’t profitable
Palantir has never turned a profit, its securities filings show. But the company has reduced its losses over the years. In 2019, it generated revenue of about $743 million, a 25% jump from the previous year. In the first half of 2020, Palantir’s loss shrank to $110 million, from $285 million in the year-before period.
Of course, it’s not unusual for a technology company to continue
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