AMERICAN TOWER CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. AMERICAN TOWER CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.38 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 11.86% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1046.31||941.97|
|Net Income ($mil)||180.39||99.98|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||480.0||465.1|
|Total Assets ($mil)||21331.55||20272.57|
|Total Debt ($mil)||14608.71||14478.28|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||71.6||70.59|
|Return on Assets||3.86||2.71|
|Return on Equity||20.26||15.6|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||396.7||394.86|
|Div / share||0.38||0.29|
|Book value / share||9.97||8.95|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||2850965.0||2091823.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 47.42 for the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.65. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 9.64 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.85 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 3.46. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, AMERICAN TOWER CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|AMT 47.78||Peers 47.42||AMT 17.85||Peers 21.70|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
AMT is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
AMT is trading at a discount to its peers.
|AMT 35.44||Peers 69.72||AMT 2.81||Peers 4.42|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
AMT is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
AMT trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|AMT 9.64||Peers 3.46||AMT 45.65||Peers 327.49|
Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
AMT is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, AMT is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|AMT 9.29||Peers 8.11||AMT 21.97||Peers 26.67|
Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
AMT is trading at a premium to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
AMT trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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