American Tower Corporation (REIT) (NYSE: AMT) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare American Tower Corporation (REIT) to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares American Tower Corporation (REIT) and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Tower Corporation (REIT) 18.58% 16.70% 3.74%
American Tower Corporation (REIT) Competitors 34.60% 8.74% 3.15%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.1% of American Tower Corporation (REIT) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of American Tower Corporation (REIT) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

American Tower Corporation (REIT) pays an annual dividend of $2.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. American Tower Corporation (REIT) pays out 102.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 169.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Tower Corporation (REIT) has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

American Tower Corporation (REIT) has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Tower Corporation (REIT)’s rivals have a beta of 0.85, suggesting that their average stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for American Tower Corporation (REIT) and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Tower Corporation (REIT) 0 0 10 0 3.00
American Tower Corporation (REIT) Competitors 85 317 588 24 2.54

American Tower Corporation (REIT) currently has a consensus target price of $146.80, suggesting a potential upside of 2.16%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 17.79%. Given American Tower Corporation (REIT)’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Tower Corporation (REIT) has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Tower Corporation (REIT) and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
American Tower Corporation (REIT) $6.33 billion $3.74 billion 57.71
American Tower Corporation (REIT) Competitors $1.00 billion $531.02 million 26.72

American Tower Corporation (REIT) has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. American Tower Corporation (REIT) is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

American Tower Corporation (REIT) beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About American Tower Corporation (REIT)

American Tower Corporation (ATC) is a holding company. The Company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, operates and develops multitenant communications real estate. ATC’s segments include U.S. property, Asia property, EMEA property, Latin America property, Services and Other. Its primary business is property operations, which include the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities, and tenants in various other industries. Its U.S. property segment includes operations in the United States. Its Asia property segment includes operations in India. The EMEA property segment includes operations in Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The Latin America property segment includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Its services segment offers tower-related services in the United States.

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