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American Tower Corporation Reports Third Quarter And Year To Date 2012 Financial Results

American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Jim Taiclet, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “During the third quarter, our disciplined investments in portfolio growth and industry-leading operational efficiency once again yielded strong results, with Core Growth in revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO all over 18%.

We expect a strong finish to 2012, given the robust business momentum we are seeing both in the U.S. and our international markets. Looking forward, we are focused on providing our investors with a compelling total return opportunity, supported by solid growth in both AFFO per share and our dividend.”

THIRD QUARTER 2012 OPERATING RESULTS OVERVIEW

American Tower generated the following operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 (unless otherwise indicated, all comparative information is presented against the quarter ended September 30, 2011).

Total revenue increased 13.2% to $713.3 million and total rental and management revenue increased 13.5% to $697.6 million. Total rental and management revenue Core Growth was approximately 18.4%. Please refer to the selected statement of operations detail on page 14, which highlights the items affecting all Core Growth percentages for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Total rental and management Gross Margin increased 14.2% to $524.0 million. Total selling, general, administrative and development expense was $81.5 million, including approximately $12.6 million of stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA increased 15.7% to $463.6 million, Core Growth in Adjusted EBITDA was approximately 19.1% and the Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 65%.

Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO) increased 10.2% to $284.1 million, Core Growth in AFFO was approximately 20.2% and AFFO per Share increased 9.2% to $0.71.

Operating income increased 29.5% to $295.6 million, and net income attributable to American Tower Corporation increased to $232.1 million. Net income attributable to American Tower Corporation per basic and diluted common share increased to $0.59 and $0.58, respectively.

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