I came across an incredible stat while doing a little research on Palantir Technologies, Inc today:
The company has only ~125 customers despite being in the business for nearly two decades and as a result, it’s not diversified enough. Right now, the top 20 clients generate 70% of the overall revenues, while one commercial client generates over 20% of the overall commercial revenues. As a result, if a single major organization decides to cut its partnership with Palantir and look for other alternatives to utilize its data, then Palantir’s stock will likely lose significant value and its top-line performance will crumble.
20% of the commercial business is a single customer! And the vast majority of the business, both commercial and governmental, is just a few big customers. That’s a risky proposition. I do see some conflicting figures for what exact percentage of their business is their top 20 customers, but suffice it to say, it’s a very large share.
If anyone has an educated guess who that one giant commercial customer is, do leave it in the comments!
Keep in mind that this company loses $100 million a month and has never made a profit in its 18 years of existence. The common retort is that they’re scaling a business for the long term, like Google or Amazon. But those companies were profitable far sooner.
Palantir’s shares have trended downwards since I first wrote about the company last month despite its popularity with Reddit’s Wallstreetbets. A month later, the company doesn’t look any better.
For more on Palantir, check out these posts:
- Palantir Is Losing $100 Million a Month With No End in Sight
- Palantir Insiders Are Dumping The Stock. What Do They Know That You Don’t?
- Palantir Options Are Bullish, But This Company Is Still a Dog
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