- Palantir posted a surprise loss in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, causing the stock to fall.
- Goldman Sachs analysts thought the quarter was stronger than expected and raised their price target to $34 per share.
- The analysts cheered Palantir’s government revenue, margin expansion, and backlog visibility.
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Palantir Technologies received a fresh “buy” rating and a $34 price target from Goldman Sachs on Wednesday.
While the big data analytics firm’s stock took a tumble on Tuesday after earnings revealed a surprise loss, analysts at Goldman were pleased with the quarterly results, saying the company now has a path to “sustainable growth”.
The analysts, led by Christopher D. Merwin, CFA, said Palantir posted “strong FQ4 results” that beat their revenue and EBITDA expectations by 6% and 115% respectively.
They also noted Palantir’s robust revenue guidance and backlog of orders going into 2021.
“We were encouraged to see management guide to $4bn of revenue in FY25, implying a 30% 5-year CAGR from FY20,” Merwin said. “With a growing backlog of $2.8bn in deal value (+31% y/y), we believe there is increasing visibility into the achievability of that long-term target.”
Government revenue was another bright spot for Palantir in its most recent earnings report, rising 85% year-over-year to $190 million. The company signed 21 deals worth over $5 million with contractors during the quarter compared to just 15 a year ago.
Goldman analysts also said they expect the margin expansion of 63 points seen in the quarter to continue going forward, leading the group to model 23% non-GAAP EBIT, up from 17%.
Furthermore, Goldman said Palantir’s deal with IBM to “should help to grow what is a relatively small commercial customer count today.”
Palantir’s quarterly results were enough for Goldman to more than double its price target from $13 per share to $34. The company should now “trade more in line with 30%+ growth businesses, which are trading at 44x CY21 sales” according to Merwin and his team.
Goldman’s price target implies a 22% potential return from Tuesday’s closing price.
Palantir’s stock has risen nearly 200% in the last six months amid a bull market for equities. However, the company saw its shares fall from all-time-highs of over $39 per share on Jan. 27.