Palantir Technologies Inc. today issued guidance for its third quarter ending September 30, 2020, year ending December 31, 2020, and year ending December 31, 2021. For more information, see below and https://investors.palantir.com.
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Financial Outlook (Graphic: Palantir Technologies Inc.)
For the third quarter of 2020, the Company currently expects:
- Revenue: $278 million to $280 million, representing year-over-year growth of 46% to 47%.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $60 million to $62 million, excluding stock-based compensation, related payroll tax expenses and approximately $54 million of one-time expenses related to the direct listing. Non-GAAP operating income is expected to be $6 million to $8 million, excluding stock-based compensation and related payroll tax expenses and including the one-time direct listing expenses.
- Stock-Based Compensation: Approximately $815 million to $875 million of stock-based compensation primarily associated with the satisfaction of the performance-based vesting condition upon the Company’s listing on the NYSE related to restricted stock units ("RSUs"), for which the service-based vesting condition has already been met.
- Fully Diluted Share Count: Approximately 2.173 billion shares as of September 1, 2020. Excluding shares that are issuable with respect to outstanding options and RSUs that have been granted but have not yet vested or satisfied the service-based vesting condition per their terms, the fully diluted share count is 1.923 billion shares for the same date. Both measures are calculated on a treasury stock method basis with respect to all common and preferred shares assuming a hypothetical per-share price of $9.17, the volume-weighted average price for our common stock in private sales on September 1, 2020.
For the full year 2020, the Company currently expects:
- Revenue: $1,050 million to $1,060 million, representing year-over-year growth of 41% to 43%.
- Non-GAAP Operating Income: $116 million to $126 million, excluding stock-based compensation, related payroll tax expenses and approximately $54 million of one-time expenses related to the direct listing incurred in the third quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP operating income is expected to be $62 million to $72 million, excluding stock-based compensation and related payroll tax expenses and including the one-time direct listing expenses.
- Headcount Growth: Full-time employee headcount growth of 4% compared to the end of 2019.
For the full year 2021, the Company currently expects:
- Revenue: Year-over-year revenue growth to be greater than 30%.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We use non-GAAP operating income (loss) to help us evaluate our business, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and financial projections, and make strategic decisions. We define non-GAAP operating income (loss) as loss from operations excluding stock-based compensation (and related payroll tax expenses with respect to our outlook) and one-time expenses related to our direct listing. Non-GAAP operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP measure and there are inherent limitations associated with it. For example, our definition may differ from the definitions used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. In addition, other companies may not publish this or similar metrics. Further, this metric has certain limitations in that it does not include the impact of certain expenses that are reflected in our consolidated statement of operations. Thus, non-GAAP operating income (loss) should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
We exclude employer payroll tax expenses related to stock-based compensation, which is a cash expense, from our non-GAAP operating income (loss) outlook because such expenses are dependent on the future price of our common stock and other factors that are beyond our control. As such they cannot be reasonably predicted, and do not necessarily correlate to the performance or operation of our business. Accordingly, we have not reconciled our non-GAAP operating income (loss) outlook to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as it is not available without unreasonable effort.
All interim period financial information and results included in this press release, as well as all financial information and results for any period during the year ending December 31, 2020, are unaudited.
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