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Palantir to seek at least $26 billion valuation in fundraising push

Key Points
  • Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four years, according to sources.
  • Palantir was valued at roughly $20 billion in its last private fundraising round in 2015.
  • Palantir, whose customers range from global banks to the U.S. government and the Central Intelligence Agency, specializes in crunching and analyzing large quantities of data.
Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp arrives at the "Tech for Good" Summit in Paris, France May 15, 2019.
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Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four years, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Palantir was valued at roughly $20 billion in its last private fundraising round in 2015. If successful, the fundraising would show that venture capital firms are continuing to drive the valuations of Silicon Valley unicorns higher, even as stock market investors are pushing back.

We Company-owned WeWork, another darling of the startup world, postponed its initial public offering this week after it concluded that stock market investors may not even accept a third of the $47 billion valuation it attained in a private fundraising round in January. The office-sharing startup unnerved potential IPO investors with its widening losses and its founder's firm grip on the company.

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Palantir targets valuation of at least $26B, looks to raise $1-$3B

Palantir is looking to raise between $1 billion and $3 billion, the sources said. It expects to command a valuation of between $26 billion and $30 billion, the sources added, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential.

Palantir has held talks with a number of late-stage venture capital investors about participating in the latest fundraising round, including Japan's SoftBank Group and sovereign wealth funds, according to the sources.

Palantir is working with Royal Bank of Canada and Morgan Stanley on the fundraising, one of the sources said. The company is considering an IPO in 2021 at the earliest, the sources said, cautioning the plans are still subject to change.

Palantir and Royal Bank of Canada declined to comment. Morgan Stanley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Palantir has raised roughly $2.75 billion from investors to date, according to data provider PitchBook.

Palantir, whose customers range from global banks to the U.S. government and the Central Intelligence Agency, specializes in crunching and analyzing large quantities of data.

The company's technology aided the U.S. government's successful search for Osama bin Laden, according to multiple media reports.

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Key Points
  • The Army awarded Peter Thiel-backed data intelligence company Palantir a contract worth up to $800 million.
  • This is one of Palantir's biggest contracts ever, and its first on a "defense program of record," a designation for the most substantial government contracts.
  • The company has been rumored to be considering an IPO this year. It was most recently valued at $20 billion.