Palantir Weighs IPO Valued at as Much as $41 Billion, WSJ Says
The firm co-founded by investor Peter Thiel is discussing plans with Credit Suisse Group AG and Morgan Stanley to go public as soon as the second half of next year, the paper said. After Palantir shared some of its financials, Morgan Stanley estimated a public offering in 2020 in the range of $36 billion to $41 billion, the paper said. That range would be lower if the IPO proceeded earlier, the Journal reported, citing the people familiar with the matter.
Already one of the most richly valued startups in Silicon Valley, Palantir was last valued at about $20 billion in a 2015 fundraising round. The company expects to turn a profit this year. With an IPO next year, Palantir would potentially join other star-studded tech firms coming to market: Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are also solidifying plans for 2019 debuts. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have told Uber it could be valued at about $120 billion.
Morgan Stanley has earned about $60 million in fees arranging private funding for 14-year-old Palantir, Bloomberg reported last month. That haul might double if Morgan Stanley handles its IPO.
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