July 27th, 2022 | 10:37 CEST
Lufthansa, Kleos Space, Palantir - Shares about to take off
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Kleos Space - Delay offers opportunities
The Luxembourg-based company Kleos Space is in the right place at the right time with the right technology. For it is precisely in times of conflict and uncertainty in geopolitics that the Company, founded in Australia, is in demand. It operates space-based signal and geodata surveillance, which is just as important for the defense sector as it is for security and surveillance.
The Data-as-a-Service company launches satellite clusters, each consisting of four units, into space to scan the Earth for radio frequency signals for geolocation. The Scouting Mission satellites are launched at an inclination of 37 degrees and collect data over key areas on the high seas such as the Strait of Hormuz, the South China Sea, East and West Africa, the Southern Sea of Japan and the northern coast of Australia.
The data obtained is then processed using in-house algorithms, packaged and sold to government and commercial analysis and intelligence services on a subscription model. So far, three satellite clusters have been launched into space. The fourth has been delayed, which put the share price under strong pressure in the short term. However, the Company has confirmed that the fourth satellite cluster, Observer, will launch with SpaceX's next Transporter 6 mission in October 2022. In the process, the satellites will expand Kleos Space's data collection capacity by up to 119 million sq km per day and increase the average daily review rate to about five times per day.
The innovative company plans to develop and deploy 20 clusters in the medium term. In order to fund growth, a four-year, USD 10 million secured loan has been raised from PURE Asset Management.
"Kleos is in a period of rapid growth, responding to market needs for greater situational awareness. Increasing global risks and conflicts have driven the demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. With each new group of satellites we operate, we increase our data collection capacity and revenue generation opportunities," said Andy Bower, CEO of Kleos Space. After the setback, the stock, which is also traded in Germany, is extremely attractive, especially in view of further uncertain times.
Lufthansa - The vacation must wait
It would have been so nice - bellowing the currently most famous party hit, "Layla", which is frowned upon at German folk festivals, accompanied by buckets of sangria. But the reality, not only for the people celebrating life, looks different. The reason is the Verdi warning strike, which paralyzed almost the entire program at the German hubs of Frankfurt and Munich on Wednesday. There will be flight cancellations this Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, the Company announced in Frankfurt. More than 1,000 flights are said to be cancelled, with more than 134,000 passengers affected.
Verdi's appeal encouraged ground employees to stage nationwide work stoppages to build up pressure in the ongoing salary negotiations. As a result, Lufthansa's Chief Human Resources Officer, Michael Niggemann, expressed his incomprehension and criticism: "The early escalation after only two days of negotiations in what has so far been a constructive round of wage negotiations is causing enormous damage. It is particularly affecting our passengers during the peak travel season. And it puts an additional heavy burden on our employees in an already difficult phase of air traffic."
Shareholders of the Crane share are likely to be in a similar mood to the affected travelers. After the paper was still in positive terrain at the beginning of the trading day, it turned negative by around 2% to EUR 5.91. Thus, the chart picture clouds again, and a test of the annual low at EUR 5.24 moves closer, especially since the relative strength index and the MACD deliver sell signals daily again. Thus, the same credo applies to shareholders as to the plagued holidaymakers: "Stay on the ground!"
Palantir - Optimistic analyst opinions
In contrast to the German airline, there is no strike at the data analysis company from Denver, Colorado. On the contrary, since bottoming out at USD 6.44, Palantir shares have gained about 50% since mid-May to USD 9.68 despite a weak tech market. After failing at the resistance zone at USD 10.38, the value is currently running sideways. On the upside, breaking above the USD 10.76 mark would generate a buy signal. On the downside, the upward trend formed since May at currently USD 9.04 should not be sustainably undercut.
Positive analyst opinions gave the share a tailwind. Investment house Raymond James started coverage of the growth company. Analyst Brian Gesuale rated the stock a "strong buy" with a USD 20 price target, pointing out that the stock has fallen 75% since its early 2021 peak, making the risk premium "compelling." "The Company nearly doubled its revenue from 2018 to 2020, passing the billion-dollar mark, and we believe the Company could double again, flirting with the USD 2 billion revenue mark in 2022," Gesuale wrote.
Postponements and delays were not limited to Lufthansa; Kleos Space's fourth satellite cluster was also pushed back. As a result, the stock plummeted and should currently be at an interesting entry level. Palantir received a "strong buy" from analysts with a price potential of more than 100%.
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