Are Smart Investors Making the Right Decision? American Tower Corporation (AMT)

American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) stock fell -0.59% on Friday to $232.78 against a previous-day closing price of $234.15. With 1.44 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 1.54 million shares. During the session, the REIT – Specialty company that operates in wider Real Estate sector, reached to the highest price of $236.46 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $232.21. The 52-week range on AMT shows that it touched its highest point at $294.92 and its lowest point at $220.00 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $299.44. With its current market cap of 108.01 billion, AMT has annualized dividend of $5.72 while the current yield stands at 2.46%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.50.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of AMT was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -5.01%, but this was down by -12.23% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -9.88% while six-month performance fell -0.52%. The stock lost -20.70% in the past year, while it has lost -20.42% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for AMT yields 6.08 with Next year EPS estimates of 4.93. For the next quarter, that number is 1.09. This implies an EPS growth rate of 49.50% for this year and -12.18% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 10.50% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 23.40%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 465.59 million AMT shares are outstanding with a float of 464.32 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 3.75 million, which was 0.81% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Thomas A. Bartlett CPA as the firm’s Pres, CEO & Director, Mr. Rodney M. Smith serves as its Exec. VP, CFO & Treasurer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 91.48% of AMT’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 54.52% of AMT, in contrast to 38.89% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 0.39%. As the largest shareholder in AMT with 12.50% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 58,210,627 shares worth 58,210,627. A second-largest stockholder of AMT, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 22,815,876 shares, controlling over 4.90% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in AMT, holding 21,350,193 shares or 4.59% stake. With a 4.49% stake in AMT, the Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 20,911,134 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, which owns about 2.96% of AMT stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 13,755,928 shares valued at 3.49 billion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund holds 2.23% of the stake in AMT, owning 10,370,843 shares worth 2.63 billion.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for AMT since 21 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 13 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 4 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 3 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 1 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With AMT analysts setting a high price target of $347.00 and a low target of $250.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $297.06. Based on these targets, AMT could surge 49.07% to reach the target high and rise by 7.4% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 27.61% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. AMT will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/28/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $5.83 being high and $4.28 being low. For AMT, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $5.47. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. American Tower Corporation surprised analysts by $0.99 when it reported $1.95 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.96. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.45. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $1.29 and the low estimate is $0.89. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $1.09.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded AMT stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 1 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 150 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 33 while that of sell transactions has risen to 34 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 227,528 while 129,656 shares were sold.

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