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Palantir Technologies: After An 80% Crash, Is It Finally Time To Buy?

By Investing.com (Jesse Cohen/Investing.com)Stock MarketsMay 27, 2022 06:21
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Palantir Technologies: After An 80% Crash, Is It Finally Time To Buy?
By Investing.com (Jesse Cohen/Investing.com)   |  May 27, 2022 06:21
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  • Former market darling Palantir has fallen out of favor with investors
  • PLTR is down 54.1% year-to-date and 81.4% below its all-time high
  • Long-term investors should consider buying
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The NASDAQ 100, which tracks the 100 largest companies listed on the NASDAQ Composite, has gotten off to one of the worst starts to a year in its history.

The tech-heavy index is down almost 27% in 2022 as the Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates triggered an exodus from high-growth technology stocks with frothy valuations amid the current inflationary environment.

NASDAQ 100 Daily Chart
NASDAQ 100 Daily Chart

Companies in the once-thriving software-as-a-service (SaaS) industry specifically have been some of the worst performers year-to-date, with the sector’s two main ETFs lagging the comparable returns of the NASDAQ over the same timeframe.

The First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (NASDAQ:SKYY) and the Global X Cloud Computing (NASDAQ:CLOU) are down 36.1% and 35.8%, respectively, this year.

SKYY, CLOU Daily Charts
SKYY, CLOU Daily Charts

However, despite the ongoing turmoil, we believe that one member of the sector, Palantir Technologies (NYSE:PLTR) is worth considering.

Palantir Technologies

  • Year-To-Date Performance: -54.1%
  • Percentage From ATH: -81.4%

The data-analytics software and services provider, has struggled mightily this year as the former market darling fell out of favor with investors.

As a result, Palantir has lost 54.1% in 2022, significantly underperforming the broader market, amid an aggressive reset in valuations across the frothy tech space sparked by the Fed’s monetary policy plans.

The shares started trading at $10 after the data-mining company went public via a direct listing in September 2020. It peaked at $45 in January 2021 before crashing by nearly 81%. Currently, PLTR trades at about $8.3 per share.

The Denver, Colorado-based enterprise and government data-analytics services provider currently has a market cap of roughly $17 billion.

PLTR Daily Chart
PLTR Daily Chart

Q1 2022 Earnings Release

Palantir's first-quarter earnings report on May 9 was mixed.

The big-data firm earned an adjusted $0.02 per share for the three months ending Mar. 31, missing estimates for EPS of $0.03 and down from $0.04 a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter was $446.3 million, up 31% from a year ago and above expectations of $443.4 million.

Total commercial revenue rose 54% from the same period last year to $204.5 million, beating estimates of $193 million. Even more impressive, U.S. commercial sales jumped 136% year-over-year, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of accelerating growth.

Meanwhile, Palantir’s core government business—which accounts for more than half of total sales—saw revenue climb 16% compared with the same quarter last year to $241.7 million, missing forecasts of $251 million.

The company’s customer count grew 86% year-over-year as the software company continues to diversify its client base.

Forward Guidance

Looking ahead, Palantir gave revenue guidance for the current quarter which fell short of consensus forecasts. It said it expects Q2 revenue of $470 million, below analyst expectations of $483.7 million. That would imply year-over-year sales growth of 25%.

Despite the weak near-term outlook, Palantir expects its growth will pick up in the second half of the year as it secures more "anticipated" contracts. The data-mining firm continues to expect an adjusted operating margin of 27% for full-year 2022.

It also maintained its goal of generating sustainable top-line revenue growth of 30% or more through 2025.

The software company said it still sees:

“[A] wide range of potential upside, including those driven by our role in responding to developing geopolitical events.”

Bottom Line

In our view, the significant pullback in Palantir’s stock—which now trades at 42 times forward earnings and less than eight times this year’s sales—has created a compelling buying opportunity, given the promising long-term demand outlook for its data-mining software tools.

According to Investing.com, the average PLTR stock analyst price target is around $10.80, implying a gain of approximately 29% from current levels over the next 12 months.

PLTR Consensus Estimates
PLTR Consensus Estimates

Source: Investing.com

Similarly, according to several valuation models, including P/E or P/S multiples or terminal values, the average fair value for PLTR stock on InvestingPro stands at $10.64, a potential 27.3% upside from the current market value.

PLTR Fair Value
PLTR Fair Value

Source: InvestingPro

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