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Informatica, AI Enabler, Sees 40% Upside, Stock Surges 62%

Informatica's CLAIRE GPT launch positions it for 40% upside, with shares expected to rise to $41 in 12 months.

By Bill Bullington

6/10, 20:14 EDT
Salesforce, Inc.
Informatica Inc.
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Key Takeaway

  • Informatica's new AI model, CLAIRE GPT, aims to enhance generative AI by improving data quality and management.
  • Analysts predict significant upside for Informatica stock: Scotiabank at 15%, Wall Street average at 39%, and RBC Capital at 43%.
  • Informatica shares have surged 62% in the past year; acquisition interest from Salesforce valued the company at $10 billion.

Informatica's AI Model Launch

Informatica, a U.S.-listed software developer, has recently launched its AI model, CLAIRE GPT, aimed at helping businesses leverage their data for generative AI applications. Generative AI, the technology behind popular products like ChatGPT, uses large datasets to create new content such as text and images. However, the effectiveness of generative AI heavily depends on the quality and management of the input data. "Fragmented and poor-quality data create flawed generative AI with unreliable insights, bias, trust issues, hallucination, and risks – such as possible [intellectual property] infringement," noted Scotiabank analysts led by Patrick Colville in a client note. Informatica's long-standing expertise in data management positions it as a valuable partner for businesses embarking on generative AI projects. The company claims that CLAIRE GPT can answer customer queries by retrieving data from multiple linked systems like Salesforce, Tableau, Snowflake, Amazon's AWS, and internal databases, a task that would otherwise take engineers or analysts days to complete.

Financial Outlook and Analyst Predictions

Despite the promising capabilities of CLAIRE GPT, Scotiabank cautioned that the financial benefits might not be immediate. "Usage of Informatica for generative artificial intelligence is in its very early innings," the analysts stated, suggesting that it will likely not be a significant revenue driver in 2024. Scotiabank expects Informatica's shares to rise to $33 over the next 12 months, indicating a 15% upside. However, Wall Street analysts are more optimistic. According to FactSet, the average price target of 16 analysts points to a 39% upside for the stock. RBC Capital analysts are even more bullish, expecting the stock to rise by 43% to $41 a share over the next 12 months. They argue that Informatica's flagship Intelligent Data Management Cloud product gives it a unique advantage over competitors like Salesforce, Snowflake, and Microsoft. "Informatica has access to an enterprise's entire data estate vs. other tools that have a narrow view into just their specific repository," said RBC analysts led by Matthew Hedberg. "ClaireGPT has broader context and can give a more complete analysis to answer complex questions about an enterprise's data."

Market Performance and Acquisition Rumors

Informatica's share price has seen a significant rise, increasing by around 62% over the past 12 months. Earlier in April, the Wall Street Journal reported that Salesforce had expressed interest in acquiring Informatica, valuing the company at about $10 billion, approximately 5% higher than its current market capitalization. However, a subsequent report indicated that the potential deal had fizzled out. Despite this, the company's strong market performance and the launch of CLAIRE GPT have kept investor interest high.

Street Views

  • Patrick Colville, Scotiabank (Bullish on Informatica):

    "Informatica has been helping solve data management problems for customers for 30 years, and we believe the company should be a well-placed partner as businesses embark on generative AI journeys."

  • RBC Capital Analyst for Informatica (Bullish on Informatica):

    "Informatica has access to an enterprise’s entire data estate vs. other tools that have a narrow view into just their specific repository... ClaireGPT has broader context and can give a more complete analysis to answer complex questions about an enterprise’s data."