Palantir reference price for direct listing comes in at $7.25 a share, NYSE says

Key Points
  • The reference price of $7.25 does not mean that's where Palantir shares will open on Wednesday.
  • In the private market, the stock traded for an average of $7.31 a share in August and $9.17 a share on Sept. 1, the last day before the cutoff.
  • Palantir and Asana are both scheduled to debut tomorrow as direct listings.

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Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp arrives at the "Tech for Good" Summit in Paris, France May 15, 2019.
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The New York Stock Exchange said on Tuesday that the reference price for Palantir's direct listing is $7.25 a share.

Based on a fully-diluted share count of 2.17 billion shares outstanding, which includes unvested options and stock, the reference price would indicate a valuation of $15.7 billion, below its private valuation of $20.4 billion in 2015.

Palantir provides software and data analytics services to help government agencies and large companies make sense of vast amounts of information. Co-founders include Peter Thiel, the billionaire Facebook investor and supporter of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, who initially funded Palantir and remains its biggest shareholder. 

The company is pursuing a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO, meaning the company isn't issuing new shares and is instead allowing existing shareholders to sell stock to new investors. The reference price is typically reflective of recent private market trades does not necessarily point to where the stock will open on Wednesday.

Palantir and Asana, founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, are both debuting via direct listings on Wednesday, following an approach previously taken by Spotify and Slack.

 In its prospectus, Palantir said that the average per share price on the private markets in August was $7.31 and on Sept. 1, was $9.17.

In a separate filing on Tuesday, Palantir said 475.8 million shares will be available for sale on the first day of trading.

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