American Tower Corp.

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AMT : NYSE : Finance
$143.01 up 0.68 | 0.48%
Today's Range: 141.28 - 145.1915
Avg. Daily Volume: 2647500.0
03/22/18 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AMERICAN TOWER CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. AMERICAN TOWER CORP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.65 which 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 decreased by 7.72% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)1704.461539.55
EBITDA ($mil)787.12887.11
EBIT ($mil)321.07498.88
Net Income ($mil)238.5229.21

Balance Sheet Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)955.9940.47
Total Assets ($mil)33214.330879.15
Total Debt ($mil)20205.118533.47
Equity ($mil)6241.56763.9

Profitability Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Gross Profit Margin56.2266.61
EBITDA Margin46.1757.62
Operating Margin18.8432.4
Sales Turnover0.20.19
Return on Assets3.733.09
Return on Equity18.4412.55
Debt Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Current Ratio0.811.04
Interest Expense190.42186.37
Interest Coverage1.692.68

Share Data Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)428.82427.1
Div / share0.70.58
Book value / share14.5615.84
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2697442.02116790.0


BUY. AMERICAN TOWER CORP's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 59.25 for the Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts REITs industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.66. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 10.08 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.28 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 4.10. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AMT 54.93 Peers 59.25   AMT 21.50 Peers 17.75

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.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
AMT 39.44 Peers 57.82   AMT 2.60 Peers 5.98

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 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.

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  Earnings Growth
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AMT 10.08 Peers 4.10   AMT 35.53 Peers 26.62

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.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

AMT is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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AMT 9.44 Peers 7.72   AMT 15.17 Peers 10.34

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.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

AMT has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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