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American Tower Corporation (AMT)

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  • Aug. 6, 2013, 10:36 PM
    • The WSJ reports private cell tower owner Global Tower Partners "is being shopped to larger rivals." Analysts think the company could fetch $4B.
    • Global Tower, owned by funds managed by Australian i-bank Macquarie, owns/operates/leases 16K cell sites, 6.4K of which are in the U.S., Mexico, and Costa Rica.
    • Publicly-traded tower owners American Tower (AMT - $27.8B market cap), Crown Castle (CCI - $20.5B), and SBA (SBAC - $9.5B) have all shown a willingness to grow their footprints via M&A (I, II, III).
    • The recent performance of their shares could make a deal easier to come by. Likewise, the higher valuations being assigned to tower owners (fueled by expectations 4G investments/mobile traffic growth will keep demand strong) could be motivating Macquarie to put Global Tower on sale.
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  • Jul. 17, 2013, 6:34 PM
    American Tower (AMT) says it "disputes a number of statements" in Muddy Waters' report, and provides some details about its 2011 purchase of 666 Brazilian towers. AMT, accused by Muddy Waters of paying $250M less for the towers than claimed, says it paid a full $585M for them via $335M in intercompany loans, $184M in equity contributions, and cash from operations. The company adds it "retained an internationally-recognized accounting firm to assist in the purchase price allocation of the acquisition" (8-K)
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  • Jul. 17, 2013, 10:35 AM
    Muddy Waters releases its rumored report on American Tower (AMT -2.4%), declaring the cell tower owner a Strong Sell and setting a $44.57 PT. The firm accuses AMT of overstating the price it paid for 666 Brazilian towers by $250M (citing sources and financial documents), makes note of insider selling and perceived corporate governance issues, and deems the rise of carrier Wi-Fi and small cell networks a threat to tower growth. Also, AMT's international ops are accused of overvaluing assets, and of overpaying for towers in exchange for excess rent payments (an arrangement deemed a de facto loan). CCI -1.4%. SBAC -0.8%. (slides - .ppt)
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  • Jul. 17, 2013, 9:14 AM
    American Tower (AMT) -2.6% amidst rumors Muddy Waters is set to issue a negative report about the company. Rival Crown Castle (CCI) -2.3%.
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  • Jul. 15, 2013, 10:00 AM
    A roundup of tech analyst ratings changes: 1) Qualcomm (QCOM -1.6%) has been cut to Neutral by Lazard. 2) NetApp (NTAP +2.6%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Morgan Stanley. 3) ExOne (XONE -5.8%) has been cut to Hold by BB&T. 4) AppliedMicro (AMCC +13.2%) has been upgraded to Strong Buy by Raymond James. 5) Portugal Telecom (PT -2.8%) has been cut to Underperform by BNP Paribas. 6) eGain (EGAN +2.8%) has been started at Outperform by Northland. 7) Himax (HIMX +2.1%) has been started at Buy by Craig-Hallum. 8) American Tower (AMT -1.4%) has been cut to Neutral by ISI. 9) QLogic (QLGC -3.8%) has been cut to Underweight by Morgan Stanley. 10) Linear (LLTC -1%) has been cut to Neutral by Credit Suisse.
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  • May. 28, 2013, 6:51 PM
    Talks with Cisco (CSCO) customers and rivals at the CTIA trade show reinforced Pac Crest's view the networking giant's software M&A binge leave it well-positioned to help major carriers "automate, orchestrate and virtualize different physical elements of the network." The firm adds that while overall carrier capex is mixed, "pockets of growth" are being found in the U.S. Cisco managed to see 8% Y/Y carrier order growth in FQ3, a likely sign of share gains. Meanwhile, both Stifel and Pac Crest see SBA (SBAC) as a beneficiary of strong cell tower leasing activity from U.S. carriers. The firms also see small cell deployments giving a lift SBA and its rivals (AMT, CCI). (CSCO acquisitions: I, II, III)
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  • May. 21, 2013, 9:50 AM
    American Tower (AMT +0.9%) nears its all-time high of $85.15 after Macquarie upgrades shares to Outperform. AMT now trades at ~23x the company's 2013 adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) guidance of $1.42B-$1.47B.
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  • May. 17, 2013, 9:10 AM
    Leap Wireless (LEAP) -2.5% after Barclays starts coverage with an Underweight and $4 PT as part of a broader coverage launch of U.S. telecom service providers. Tower owners SBA (SBAC) and American Tower (AMT) have been started at Overweight, and so has Verizon (VZ). AT&T (T) and T-Mobile USA (TMUS) have been started at Equal Weight.
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  • May. 1, 2013, 7:07 AM
    American Tower (AMT): Q1 EPS of $0.43 misses by $0.05. Revenue of $802.7M (+15.2% Y/Y) beats by $7.86M. (PR)
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  • May. 1, 2013, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Wednesday’ s open: AB, ADT, AFAM, AFSI, AGN, AH, AMT, ARW, AVA, CCJ, CHK, CLH, CLX, CMCSA, CVH, CVS, DLPH, DVN, ENR, EXAS, EXC,GRMN, GWR, H, HSP, HUM, ICE, IPGP, IQNT, IRM, JRCC, KCG, KFN, MA, MKL, MRK, NVO, PDCE, PKD, POR, PSX, RDC, RDN, SEE, SPW, TLM, TWX, VG, VIAB, VPHM
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  • Apr. 30, 2013, 5:30 PM
    Notable earnings before Wednesday’ s open: AB, ADT, AFAM, AFSI, AGN, AH, AMT, ARW, AVA, CCJ, CHK, CLH, CLX, CMCSA, CVH, CVS, DLPH, DVN, ENR, EXAS, EXC,GRMN, GWR, H, HSP, HUM, ICE, IPGP, IQNT, IRM, JRCC, KCG, KFN, MA, MKL, MRK, NVO, PDCE, PKD, POR, PSX, RDC, RDN, SEE, SPW, TLM, TWX, VG, VIAB, VPHM
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  • Apr. 25, 2013, 3:20 PM
    "We had an excellent first quarter," says Crown Castle (CCI +5.9%) CEO Ben Moreland. More from the company's Q1 report: while revenue came in well ahead of expectations, the bottom line was impacted by a $36M loss related to the retirement of debt (net income was $15M inclusive of that charge). Adjusted EBITDA came in above the high end of guidance and the company raised its Q2 and FY13 EPS guidance to between $0.08-0.22 per share and between $0.35-0.68 per share respectively. Also: Macuarie upgrades the stock to Outperform from Neutral. Other tower stocks trading higher: AMT +3.38% , SBAC +2.45% .
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  • Apr. 22, 2013, 1:49 PM
    Moody's upgrades its outlook for the equity REIT industry to Stable. The sector is "well positioned to handle the fragile economic outlook and the potential for rising interest rates," the ratings agency says, in a new report. Moody's Senior VP notes that REITs have "access to multiple capital sources … at historically low rates that have lengthened their debt maturity profiles," boosted earnings, and increased fixed charge coverage ratios.
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  • Mar. 15, 2013, 7:05 PM
    Morgan Stanley selects 20 stocks for the long term, based on "competitive advantages, business model, pricing power, cost efficiency and growth": AMZN, AMT, BLK, CPN, CP, CVX, COST, EL, GILD, HON, JPM, LTD, MON, NWSA, PM, RPM, SBUX, SYMC, TMO, WMB.
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Company Description
American Tower Corp is an owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate. The Company's main business is leasing antenna space on multi-tenant communications sites to different providers.