American Tower Corp

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AMT : NYSE : Technology
$116.89 -0.95 | -0.81%
Today's Range: 116.18 - 118.11
Avg. Daily Volume: 1,783,000
07/25/16 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AMERICAN TOWER CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 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 weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.63 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 5.69% 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 Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)1289.051079.19
EBITDA ($mil)797.74688.21
EBIT ($mil)456.11424.69
Net Income ($mil)275.16193.32

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)477.27467.3
Total Assets ($mil)27064.3225930.19
Total Debt ($mil)17022.115720.1
Equity ($mil)6933.257351.69

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin72.3875.2
EBITDA Margin61.8863.77
Operating Margin35.3839.35
Sales Turnover0.180.16
Return on Assets2.833.14
Return on Equity9.5110.63
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio0.870.53
Interest Expense160.16148.3
Interest Coverage2.852.86

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)424.56423.07
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share16.3317.38
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1779916.02289865.0


BUY. AMERICAN TOWER CORP's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 50.71 for the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.05. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.20 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 4.07. 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.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AMT 76.33 Peers 50.71   AMT 22.30 Peers 24.22

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

AMT is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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AMT 39.65 Peers 55.43   AMT 1.20 Peers 4.98

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

AMT is trading at a valuation on par with 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 7.20 Peers 4.07   AMT -21.03 Peers 63.97

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.

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  Sales Growth
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AMT 10.02 Peers 8.76   AMT 18.74 Peers 47.28

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 significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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