Palantir headed for $22 billion valuation in Wall Street debut: report

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Wall Street Journal exclusive: The data-mining-software company is going public via a direct listing rather than a traditional IPO, with a debut on the NYSE set for Sept. 30

Alexander Karp, chief executive officer and co-founder of Palantir Technologies Inc., was an attendee of the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference in 2015.

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Palantir Technologies Inc. is expected to fetch a lofty valuation in its transition to a public company despite an unusually aggressive governance structure, in the latest sign of investors’ voracious appetite for new shares.

The data-mining-software specialist is eschewing the traditional IPO route and going public through a direct listing, in which a company floats its existing shares on a public exchange and lets the market determine the price. Ahead of a debut planned for Sept. 30, Palantir’s bankers have told investors the shares could start trading around $10 apiece, according to people familiar with the matter. That equates to a market valuation of nearly $22 billion on a fully diluted basis.

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