Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Q3 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenue grew 36% year-over-year to $392 million
  • Added 34 net new customers in Q3
  • Commercial customer count grew 46% quarter-over-quarter
  • US commercial revenue grew 103% year-over-year
  • Cash flow from operations of $101 million, representing a 26% margin
  • Adjusted free cash flow of $119 million, representing a 30% margin
  • Closed 54 deals of $1 million or more, of which:
    • 33 deals are $5 million or more
    • 18 deals are $10 million or more
  • Total remaining deal value grew 50% year-over-year to $3.6 billion
  • GAAP net loss per share, diluted of $(0.05)
  • Adjusted earnings per share, diluted of $0.04

Q1-Q3 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenue grew 44% year-over-year to $1.1 billion
  • Commercial customer count increased 135% since December 31, 2020
  • Cash flow from operations of $240 million, representing a 22% margin
  • Adjusted free cash flow of $320 million, representing a 29% margin

Q3 2021 Financial Summary

(Amounts in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)

Third Quarter 2021

 

Amount

Revenue

$

392,146

 

 

Year-over-year growth

 

36

%

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

Margin

Loss from Operations

$

(91,941

)

(23

)%

Adjusted Income from Operations

$

116,109

 

30

%

Cash Flow from Operations

$

100,793

 

26

%

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

$

119,133

 

30

%

Net Loss

$

(102,137

)

 

Adjusted Net Income

$

82,079

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

119,167

 

30

%

GAAP Net Loss Per Share, Diluted

$

(0.05

)

 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Diluted

$

0.04

 

 

 

Outlook

For Q4 2021, we expect:

  • $418 million in revenue.
  • Adjusted operating margin of 22%.

For full year 2021:

  • We expect revenue growth of 40% to $1.527 billion.
  • We are raising our outlook for adjusted free cash flow to in excess of $400 million, up from in excess of $300 million.

Per long-term guidance policy, as provided by our Chief Executive Officer, Alex Karp, we continue to expect:

  • Annual revenue growth of 30% or greater for 2021 through 2025.

Earnings Webcast

A public webcast will be held at 6:00 a.m. MT / 8:00 a.m. ET today to discuss the results for our third quarter ended September 30, 2021 and financial outlook. The live public call can be accessed by registering online at https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3476221/F870D4859769E9BAC474D27B75BB8898. A replay of the webcast will be available at https://investors.palantir.com following the event.

A slide presentation including supplemental financial information and reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures will be available through Palantir’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.palantir.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and statements on our earnings webcast contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook, product development, expected benefits of and applications for our software platforms, business strategy and plans (including strategy and plans relating to our sales force, partnerships, and customers), market trends and market size, opportunities (including growth opportunities), our expectations regarding our recent and potential investments in, and commercial contracts with, various entities, including special purpose acquisition companies and other privately-held or publicly-traded companies, and positioning. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date they were first issued and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “guidance,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “hope,” “target,” “project,” “plan,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “intend,” “shall,” and variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control. Our actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and other filings and reports that we may file from time to time with the SEC, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: our ability to successfully execute our business and growth strategy; the sufficiency of our cash and cash equivalents to meet our liquidity needs; the demand for our platforms in general; our ability to increase our number of new customers and revenue generated from customers; our ability to realize some or all of the total contract value of customer contracts as revenue, including any contractual options available to customers or contractual periods that are subject to termination for convenience provisions; our long and unpredictable sales cycle; our ability to successfully grow our direct sales force and to successfully execute our channel sales and other strategic initiatives with third parties; our ability to retain and expand our customer base; the fluctuation of our results of operations and our key business measures on a quarterly basis in future periods; the seasonality of our business; the implementation process for our platforms, which may be complex and lengthy; our ability to successfully develop and deploy new technologies to address the needs of our customers; our ability to make our platforms easier to install and consume; our ability to maintain and enhance our brand and reputation; news or social media coverage about us, including but not limited to coverage that presents, or relies on, inaccurate, misleading, incomplete, or otherwise damaging information; and any breach or access to customer or third-party data.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. We undertake no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Additional Definitions

For the purpose of this press release, the value of deals closed reflects the total contract value of contracts that have been entered into with, or awarded by, our government and commercial customers. Total remaining deal value is the total remaining value of contracts that have been entered into with, or awarded by, our government and commercial customers.

The value of deals closed and total remaining deal value include existing contractual obligations and presume the exercise of all contract options available to our customers and no termination of contracts; however, the majority of our contracts are subject to termination provisions, including for convenience, and there can be no guarantee that contracts are not terminated or that contract options will be exercised.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables contain the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted income from operations which excludes stock-based compensation, related employer payroll taxes, and non-recurring expenses primarily related the direct listing of our Class A common stock (“Direct Listing”) on the New York Stock Exchange during the quarter ended September 30, 2020; adjusted operating margin; adjusted free cash flow; adjusted free cash flow margin; adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”); adjusted EBITDA margin; adjusted net income; and adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”), diluted.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures help us evaluate our business, identify trends affecting Palantir’s business, formulate business plans and financial projections, and make strategic decisions. We exclude stock-based compensation, which is a non-cash expense, from these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that excluding this item provides meaningful supplemental information regarding operational performance and provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management team. We exclude expenses primarily related to the Direct Listing during the third quarter 2020, as they are one-time non-recurring charges. Additionally, we exclude employer payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation, as it is difficult to predict and outside of Palantir’s control. Our definitions may differ from the definitions used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. In addition, other companies may not publish these or similar metrics. Further, these metrics have certain limitations, as they do not include the impact of certain expenses that are reflected in our consolidated statements of operations. For example, adjusted free cash flow does not reflect our future contractual commitments or the total increase or decrease in our cash balances for a given period. Thus, our non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We compensate for these limitations by providing a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measure. We encourage investors and others to review our business, results of operations, and financial information in their entirety, not to rely on any single financial measure, and to view these non-GAAP measures in conjunction with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

A reconciliation table of the most comparable GAAP financial measure to each non-GAAP financial measure used in this press release is included at the end of this release. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, reconciling items that may be incurred in the future such as stock-based compensation, and related employer payroll taxes, the effect of which may be significant.

Available Information

Palantir uses its Investor Relations website at https://investors.palantir.com as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor Palantir’s Investor Relations website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, and webcasts.

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Palantir Technologies Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

392,146

 

$

289,366

 

$

1,109,022

 

$

770,582

 

Cost of revenue (1)

 

86,804

 

 

149,340

 

 

251,841

 

 

282,044

 

Gross profit

 

305,342

 

 

140,026

 

 

857,181

 

 

488,538

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing (1)

 

153,443

 

 

334,911

 

 

451,919

 

 

536,082

 

Research and development (1)

 

94,316

 

 

313,915

 

 

303,311

 

 

466,530

 

General and administrative (1)

 

149,524

 

 

338,977

 

 

454,054

 

 

503,033

 

Total operating expenses

 

397,283

 

 

987,803

 

 

1,209,284

 

 

1,505,645

 

Loss from operations

 

(91,941

)

 

(847,777

)

 

(352,103

)

 

(1,017,107

)

Interest income

 

379

 

 

494

 

 

1,127

 

 

4,312

 

Interest expense

 

(609

)

 

(2,085

)

 

(3,039

)

 

(12,325

)

Change in fair value of warrants

 

 

 

(9,201

)

 

 

 

811

 

Other income (expense), net

 

(8,528

)

 

(3,293

)

 

(11,297

)

 

1,218

 

Loss before provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

(100,699

)

 

(861,862

)

 

(365,312

)

 

(1,023,091

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

1,438

 

 

(8,543

)

 

(1,121

)

 

(5,043

)

Net loss

$

(102,137

)

$

(853,319

)

$

(364,191

)

$

(1,018,048

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.94

)

$

(0.19

)

$

(1.43

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.94

)

$

(0.19

)

$

(1.43

)

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic

 

1,964,395

 

 

905,462

 

 

1,893,911

 

 

713,879

 

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted

 

1,964,395

 

 

905,462

 

 

1,893,911

 

 

716,027

 

__________

(1)

Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of revenue

$

14,860

$

94,385

$

54,866

$

120,285

Sales and marketing

 

57,124

 

263,958

 

186,418

 

322,353

Research and development

 

34,472

 

256,769

 

122,976

 

309,698

General and administrative

 

78,379

 

231,847

 

247,048

 

276,578

Total stock-based compensation expense (i)

$

184,835

$

846,959

$

611,308

$

1,028,914

(i)

On September 30, 2020, in connection with the Direct Listing, we incurred $769.5 million and $8.4 million of stock-based compensation using the accelerated attribution method related to the satisfaction of the performance-based vesting condition for restricted stock units and growth units, respectively, that had satisfied the service-based vesting condition as of such date.

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

September 30,

December 31,

 

2021

2020

Assets

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,335,068

 

$

2,011,323

 

Restricted cash

 

41,316

 

 

37,285

 

Accounts receivable

 

174,405

 

 

156,932

 

Marketable securities

 

148,077

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

112,624

 

 

51,889

 

Total current assets

 

2,811,490

 

 

2,257,429

 

Property and equipment, net

 

28,778

 

 

29,541

 

Restricted cash, noncurrent

 

46,791

 

 

79,538

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

220,846

 

 

217,075

 

Other assets

 

116,422

 

 

106,921

 

Total assets

$

3,224,327

 

$

2,690,504

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$

17,654

 

$

16,358

 

Accrued liabilities

 

179,467

 

 

158,546

 

Deferred revenue

 

208,100

 

 

189,520

 

Customer deposits

 

232,707

 

 

210,320

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

43,581

 

 

29,079

 

Total current liabilities

 

681,509

 

 

603,823

 

Deferred revenue, noncurrent

 

26,723

 

 

50,525

 

Customer deposits, noncurrent

 

42,734

 

 

81,513

 

Debt, noncurrent, net

 

 

 

197,977

 

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

 

219,646

 

 

229,800

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

5,659

 

 

4,316

 

Total liabilities

 

976,271

 

 

1,167,954

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

Common stock

 

1,991

 

 

1,792

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

7,577,305

 

 

6,488,857

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(1,695

)

 

(2,745

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(5,329,545

)

 

(4,965,354

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

2,248,056

 

 

1,522,550

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

3,224,327

 

$

2,690,504

 

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2021

2020

Operating activities

 

 

Net loss

$

(364,191

)

$

(1,018,048

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

11,057

 

 

10,308

 

Stock-based compensation

 

611,308

 

 

1,028,914

 

Non-cash operating lease expense

 

23,417

 

 

28,815

 

Unrealized loss from marketable securities

 

7,238

 

 

 

Other operating activities

 

3,076

 

 

3,621

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(15,412

)

 

(112,723

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(7,872

)

 

(11,598

)

Other assets

 

(8,155

)

 

(20,944

)

Accounts payable

 

1,158

 

 

(29,372

)

Accrued liabilities

 

20,360

 

 

42,138

 

Deferred revenue, current and noncurrent

 

(3,781

)

 

(30,937

)

Customer deposits, current and noncurrent

 

(16,227

)

 

(140,162

)

Operating lease liabilities, current and noncurrent

 

(22,786

)

 

(34,725

)

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

1,234

 

 

6,393

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

240,424

 

 

(278,320

)

Investing activities

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(6,783

)

 

(7,475

)

Purchases of marketable securities

 

(155,315

)

 

 

Purchases of alternative investments

 

(50,941

)

 

 

Other investing activities

 

(3,000

)

 

(2,500

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(216,039

)

 

(9,975

)

Financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

942,529

 

Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

199,369

 

Principal payments on borrowings

 

(200,000

)

 

(400,000

)

Proceeds from the exercise of common stock options

 

474,683

 

 

79,473

 

Repurchase of common stock

 

 

 

(3,777

)

Other financing activities

 

(401

)

 

(250

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

274,282

 

 

817,344

 

Effect of foreign exchange on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(3,638

)

 

(678

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

295,029

 

 

528,371

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash - beginning of period

 

2,128,146

 

 

1,401,962

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash - end of period

$

2,423,175

 

$

1,930,333

 

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(unaudited)

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Adjusted Income from Operations and Adjusted Operating Margin (in thousands, except percentages)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Loss from operations

$

(91,941

)

$

(847,777

)

$

(352,103

)

$

(1,017,107

)

Add: stock-based compensation

 

184,835

 

 

846,959

 

 

611,308

 

 

1,028,914

 

Add: employer payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation

 

23,215

 

 

20,172

 

 

90,214

 

 

20,172

 

Add: non-recurring Direct Listing charges

 

 

 

53,737

 

 

 

 

53,737

 

Adjusted income from operations

$

116,109

 

$

73,091

 

$

349,419

 

$

85,716

 

Adjusted operating margin

 

30

%

 

25

%

 

32

%

 

11

%

 

Adjusted Free Cash Flow (in thousands, except percentages)

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

100,793

 

$

(51,990

)

$

240,424

 

$

(278,320

)

Less: purchases of property and equipment

 

(5,377

)

 

(1,780

)

 

(6,782

)

 

(7,725

)

Add: cash paid for employer payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation

 

23,717

 

 

1,192

 

 

86,289

 

 

1,192

 

Adjusted free cash flow

$

119,133

 

$

(52,578

)

$

319,931

 

$

(284,853

)

Adjusted free cash flow margin

 

30

%

 

(18

)%

 

29

%

 

(37

)%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands, except percentages)

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net Loss

$

(102,137

)

$

(853,319

)

$

(364,191

)

$

(1,018,048

)

Less: interest income

 

(379

)

 

(494

)

 

(1,127

)

 

(4,312

)

Add: interest expense

 

609

 

 

2,085

 

 

3,039

 

 

12,325

 

Less: change in fair value of warrants

 

 

 

9,201

 

 

 

 

(811

)

Add: other (income) expense, net

 

8,528

 

 

3,293

 

 

11,297

 

 

(1,218

)

Add: provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

1,438

 

 

(8,543

)

 

(1,121

)

 

(5,043

)

Add: depreciation and amortization

 

3,058

 

 

2,515

 

 

11,057

 

 

10,308

 

Add: stock-based compensation

 

184,835

 

 

846,959

 

 

611,308

 

 

1,028,914

 

Add: employer payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation

 

23,215

 

 

20,172

 

 

90,214

 

 

20,172

 

Add: non-recurring Direct Listing charges

 

 

 

53,737

 

 

 

 

53,737

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

119,167

 

$

75,606

 

$

360,476

 

$

96,024

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

30

%

 

26

%

 

33

%

 

12

%

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(unaudited)

Adjusted Earnings per Share, Diluted (in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(102,137

)

$

(853,319

)

$

(364,191

)

$

(1,018,048

)

Less: change in fair value attributable to participating securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,483

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders, diluted

 

(102,137

)

 

(853,319

)

 

(364,191

)

 

(1,023,531

)

Add: stock-based compensation

 

184,835

 

 

846,959

 

 

611,308

 

 

1,028,914

 

Add: employer payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation

 

23,215

 

 

20,172

 

 

90,214

 

 

20,172

 

Add: non-recurring Direct Listing charges

 

 

 

53,737

 

 

 

 

53,737

 

Less: income tax effect related to adjustments (1)

 

(23,834

)

 

(13,040

)

 

(74,647

)

 

(17,621

)

Adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders, diluted

$

82,079

 

$

54,509

 

$

262,684

 

$

61,671

 

Weighted-average shares used in computing GAAP net loss per share, diluted

 

1,964,395

 

 

905,462

 

 

1,893,911

 

 

716,027

 

Adjusted weighted-average shares used in computing adjusted earnings per share, diluted (2)

 

2,341,270

 

 

1,224,898

 

 

2,329,889

 

 

1,047,079

 

Adjusted earnings per share, diluted

$

0.04

 

$

0.04

 

$

0.11

 

$

0.06

 

__________

(1)

Income tax effect is based on long-term estimated annual effective tax rates of 22.2% and 22.1% for the periods ended 2021 and 2020, respectively.

(2)

Includes an additional 376.9 million and 436.0 million dilutive securities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, and an additional 319.4 million and 331.1 million dilutive securities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, that are excluded from a GAAP perspective due to the Company’s net loss position.

 

Investor Relations Rodney Nelson investors@palantir.com

Media Lisa Gordon media@palantir.com

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