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  • Writer's pictureAmit Kukreja

Rubicon Technologies Stock Skyrockets Amid Palantir Ties: Unraveling the Enigma

This article was edited by Andrew Salamon, head of content at Daily Palantir. You can follow him on twitter here

Rubicon's Sudden Rise: A Closer Look

Rubicon Technologies is a penny stock whose value has been skyrocketing. With a 118% surge in the past five days, many investors have been left scratching their heads and asking the same question: Why? As it turns out, the answer lies in the intricate connection with the data analytics giant, Palantir Technologies.

Rubicon, a digital waste and recycling solution software platform, started the year trading at $1.83. However, it plummeted to a low of 31 cents before recently surging to 72 cents. Despite this sudden uptick, the stock's year-to-date decline is 58%, and over the past year, it has lost 92% of its value.

The Palantir Connection: A Debt-For-Equity Swap

At the heart of this case is Palantir's increasing stake in Rubicon. According to an SEC filing, Palantir, as of March 31, 2023, held 8.9 million shares in Rubicon. Subsequently, Palantir acquired an additional 5.69 million shares on July 6, 2023. However, this acquisition wasn't a conventional transaction; Rubicon handed over these shares as payment for certain outstanding receivables.

As the records reveal, Rubicon was unable to pay its debt to Palantir. Unable to make payments for the services and licensing they procured from Palantir, Rubicon had to barter equity to fulfill their payment obligations.

Market Speculation: Riding the Palantir Wave?

This debt-for-equity swap could be a significant factor behind the stock's sudden upswing. The speculation is that upon learning of Palantir's acquisition, investors might have assumed it as an endorsement of Rubicon's potential and hopped on board, triggering the stock's rise. However, it's critical to note that Palantir didn't buy the shares, so there was no direct injection of capital into Rubicon.

Adding fuel to this fire was Rubicon executive and 10% owner Jose Miguel and Rich's acquisition of 240,154 shares at an average price around 42 cents. This insider buy, which cost him about $100,000, was followed by Rubicon's stock price increase. Although the causal link between the two events is unclear, the market often views insider buying as a bullish signal.

While Palantir's increasing stake in Rubicon and the subsequent rise in Rubicon's stock price might make some investors giddy, caution is advised. This situation arose because Rubicon was unable to pay for its services, not because Palantir exhibited conviction in Rubicon's potential. This may not be the most reassuring indicator of Rubicon's financial stability or future prospects.

Rubicon's Niche: Not Your Average Waste Management Company

It's essential to understand what Rubicon Technologies does beyond the stock's fluctuation. They offer a digital solution for businesses and governments to optimize and reduce their waste. They employ AI and camera technology to identify monetizable items within the waste, selling this data to different entities interested in waste reduction.

This unique business model may hold promise, but the question remains: Can it transform into a billion-dollar enterprise? This uncertainty, coupled with the stock's volatile performance, may make Rubicon a risky bet for many investors.

Palantir's involvement in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) has piqued investor interest in many instances, with Rubicon being one of them. But it's crucial to understand that a Palantir connection isn't necessarily a green light for investment. If you believe in Palantir's judgment and investment choices, investing in Palantir itself might be a safer route than speculating on the individual SPACs they're involved with.

While Rubicon's sudden rise and its ties to Palantir have caused a stir in the market, potential investors should tread carefully. The company's financial struggles, combined with its speculative valuation, might pose significant risks. As always, conducting thorough research and understanding the fundamentals of the company is paramount before making any investment decision.

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