Recent Interviews

Dirk Graszt, CEO, Clean Logistics SE

Dirk Graszt
CEO | Clean Logistics SE
Trettaustr.32, 21107 Hamburg (DE)


Interview Clean Logistics: Hydrogen challenge to Daimler + Co.

Matthew Salthouse, CEO, Kainantu Resources

Matthew Salthouse
CEO | Kainantu Resources
3 Phillip Street #19-01 Royal Group Building, 048693 Singapore (SGP)

+65 6920 2020

Interview Kainantu Resources: "We hold the key to growth in the Asia-Pacific region".

Justin Reid, President and CEO, Troilus Gold Corp.

Justin Reid
President and CEO | Troilus Gold Corp.
36 Lombard Street, Floor 4, M5C 2X3 Toronto, Ontario (CAN)

+1 (647) 276-0050

Interview Troilus Gold: "We are convinced that Troilus is more than just a mine".

20. September 2021 | 13:21 CET

Palantir, AdTiger, Deutsche Bank - The digital revolution is on!

  • Digitization
Photo credits:

Digitization - for years, this term has been omnipresent in political debates and the subject of what feels like every third talk show. The individual protagonists never tire of emphasizing the countless benefits of digitization. The overriding goal is to further improve the quality of life for everyone and to make education accessible to all. Optimally implemented, this would unleash new economic and ecological potential. The German government is spending more than EUR 5 billion on this in 2021, and digitization has already been a fixed item in companies' spending budgets for years. We take a look at different business models.

time to read: 4 minutes by André Will-Laudien



André Will-Laudien

Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

About the author

Palantir Technologies - Like a spider in the web

The American Palantir Technologies is like the spider in the web when it comes to data mining. The Company is a pro at collecting and analyzing consumer and movement data from thousands of people. Its most lucrative clients come from the government sector, where Palantir is repeatedly booked for highly sensitive issues. In the civilian sector, Palantir has big ambitions to disrupt the siloed ERPs and CRMs of the corporate world through its success in the government sector.

Following criticism from data privacy advocates, the UK government terminated a controversial contract with Palantir. Last August, the UK Department of Health and Social Care issued a tender to replace the Palantir Adult Social Care Dashboard system it was using. The successor system will be provided by British defense giant BAE Systems. Palantir may have to work on its privacy rules first to get back into UK government contracts.

With estimated revenues of USD 1.5 billion in 2021, the Company will grow to nearly USD 4 billion in just four years, a rate of plus 27% a year. Profits are on an even steeper upward trajectory from the current USD 370 million to USD 1.2 billion. The margin is considerable at just under 30%. The only downside is that with a market capitalization of USD 56 billion, Palantir is already paying a price-to-sales ratio of 37. The P/E ratio is, of course, beyond 100, as is the case with many NASDAQ stocks.

Palantir stock has become a darling on the NASDAQ in recent weeks, rising over 30% since July from USD 22 to about USD 29. If it manages a sustained jump above USD 30, the stock should continue its recent uptrend to an all-time high of around USD 45.

AdTiger - Digital advertising with artificial intelligence

Far smaller than Palantir, but no less interesting, is AdTiger, a grown online specialist from Asia. The Company mainly places advertisements on well-known websites, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Snapchat and even TikTok.

In doing so, AdTiger uses its technology to achieve high hit accuracies concerning the target group, and this is done with the help of its own optimization platform AdTensor. Algorithms and artificial intelligence are used to generate the best possible conversion potential for ads. Only when an ad has been seen, read and understood can it lead to a veritable further click, leading to the desired monetization for the client. AdTensor automatically connects to the most popular online platforms and collects valuable tracking data in the background via an API connection.

In contrast to the big players on the Chinese tech market, AdTiger is still manageable in size, yet it already occupies a significant place in 'digital marketing'. The growth rates in performance marketing are enormous, especially in young target groups with a high inclination to consume. The agency's customers are mainly in China, and AdTigers' position as a lead agency for Google and Facebook is outstanding.

Investments in the Company's platforms continue dynamically; in the future, the Company also wants to invest in developing apps and expanding internationally. This is done with its own investment company out of Qingdao. In 2020, AdTiger was named the fastest-growing digital marketing company of the year at the IAI International Advertising Awards. The business model is very robust to the pandemic.

AdTiger is listed on its home exchange in Hong Kong under the symbol 1163 and also in Frankfurt. Its market capitalization is currently HKD 511 million, the equivalent of EUR 54 million. With its attractive positioning, the share is one of the growth pearls within the peer group.

Deutsche Bank - Heavy investment in digitization

Deutsche Bank has had to completely reposition itself in several stages between the financial crisis of 2007 and 2010. At the turn of the millennium, the strong investment business was constantly downsized, and the process landscape increasingly digitized. The digital Bank24 was ultimately not particularly successful and was reintegrated again, and the liaison with Postbank also failed due to many digital integration issues. However, the bank learned to survive and now focuses on high net worth individuals and corporate finance. Deutsche Bank is classified as a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). It has been on the list of globally systemically important banks since 2011.

With all the regulatory pressure weighing on the European banking landscape, the big banks could hardly survive without a digital revolution. The entire onboarding and KYC processes must run perfectly digitally in order to serve a large volume of customers with top service. As a result, the investment budget in information technology regularly reaches billions. Digitization will affect all customer and product groups. Ultimately, the financial industry must link advice, sales and financial products into innovative business models.

Deutsche Bank is proving to be very innovative in this regard, and investors are growing more confident after the most successful half-year since 2015. The Group's restructuring is making progress, costs are falling, and CEO Christian Sewing expects significantly fewer loan defaults due to the Corona Crisis than previously estimated. In Q2, the Company achieved a pre-tax profit of EUR 1.2 billion, which means a bottom-line profit of EUR 692 million for shareholders after a loss of EUR 77 million in 2020. If the EUR 11 mark is overcome in chart terms, only the interim high of EUR 12.57 remains in the picture. Then the party can continue.

Digitization is one of the megatrends since the pandemic outbreak. Almost every business model has to face a test. Palantir and Deutsche Bank have invested billions in the topic. AdTiger is a fully digitized company with a good market position and low valuation.


André Will-Laudien

Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

About the author

Conflict of interest & risk note

In accordance with §34b WpHG we would like to point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH may hold long or short positions in the aforementioned companies and that there may therefore be a conflict of interest. Apaton Finance GmbH may have a paid contractual relationship with the company, which is reported on in the context of the Apaton Finance GmbH Internet offer as well as in the social media, on partner sites or in e-mail messages. Further details can be found in our Conflict of Interest & Risk Disclosure.

Related comments:

19. October 2021 | 12:03 CET | by Stefan Feulner

TeamViewer, Aspermont, Commerzbank - One step ahead

  • Digitization

The digital age is massively transforming the economy and, as a result, businesses and their business models. Traditional models are being displaced, and new ideas are in demand. The Corona pandemic has highlighted the enormous shortcomings and accelerated the transformation to a digital world. Across industries, companies that embrace and implement this development are likely to be among the winners, while analog companies will lose their competitiveness and disappear from the scene.


18. October 2021 | 12:02 CET | by Stefan Feulner

China Evergrande, AdTiger, Geely - Great opportunities in China

  • Digitization

China cannot get out of the negative headlines. After the government accelerates the regulation of domestic technology groups, the Middle Kingdom is facing the next problem. The impending collapse of Chinese real estate giant Evergrande has been preoccupying the markets for weeks. However, due to the strong correction in recent months, there are attractive entry opportunities, especially in the technology sector. Charlie Munger, for example, long-time business partner of investment legend Warren Buffett, massively increased his stake in online giant Alibaba in the last quarter, according to a report in the Daily Journal.


13. October 2021 | 11:09 CET | by Armin Schulz

Alibaba, AdTiger, ProSiebenSat.1 Media - Christmas business makes the cash register ring in the advertising market

  • Digitization

Even before Corona, more and more people were shopping online, and the pandemic has further boosted this trend. Christmas is fast approaching, and this festival of gifts traditionally brings retailers the highest sales. Sitecore has learned from a survey that Christmas shopping will start earlier this year. When talking to local retailers, it is often heard that customers are nowhere near as abundant as they were before the pandemic. Corona rules or mask-wearing obviously bothers some consumers, and so they continue to turn to online shopping. The advertising market will grow significantly in the next two months, both online and offline. So today, we analyze three companies that are involved in advertising and e-commerce.