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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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Cash to Debt 0.02
AMT's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
57% of the 609 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.05 vs. AMT: 0.02 )
AMT' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.02

Equity to Asset 0.21
AMT's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
52% of the 635 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. AMT: 0.21 )
AMT' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 0.86
Current: 0.21

0.17
0.86
Interest Coverage 2.65
AMT's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
74% of the 548 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. AMT: 2.65 )
AMT' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 3.19
Current: 2.65

0.27
3.19
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.60
M-Score: -2.40
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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Operating margin (%) 36.06
AMT's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 645 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 42.25 vs. AMT: 36.06 )
AMT' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -31.03   Max: 39.51
Current: 36.06

-31.03
39.51
Net-margin (%) 19.04
AMT's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 646 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 33.86 vs. AMT: 19.04 )
AMT' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -201.38   Max: 22.16
Current: 19.04

-201.38
22.16
ROE (%) 19.21
AMT's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 655 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.73 vs. AMT: 19.21 )
AMT' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -50.48   Max: 18.58
Current: 19.21

-50.48
18.58
ROA (%) 3.81
AMT's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 656 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.04 vs. AMT: 3.81 )
AMT' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -18.63   Max: 4.84
Current: 3.81

-18.63
4.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.04
AMT's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 581 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. AMT: 20.04 )
AMT' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -12.52   Max: 22.81
Current: 20.04

-12.52
22.81
Revenue Growth (%) 19.70
AMT's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 540 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. AMT: 19.70 )
AMT' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -90.3   Max: 1931.3
Current: 19.7

-90.3
1931.3
EBITDA Growth (%) 12.90
AMT's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 497 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. AMT: 12.90 )
AMT' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -89.1   Max: 1893.2
Current: 12.9

-89.1
1893.2
EPS Growth (%) 14.50
AMT's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 400 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. AMT: 14.50 )
AMT' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -93.5   Max: 3213.2
Current: 14.5

-93.5
3213.2
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

AMT Guru Trades in Q3 2013

George Soros 50,000 sh (New)
Larry Robbins 1,782,711 sh (New)
Jim Simons 252,639 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 170,000 sh (+2079.49%)
Ron Baron 100,396 sh (+96.1%)
Chuck Akre 2,828,736 sh (+48.09%)
Zeke Ashton 125,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 2,934 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 600,439 sh (-42.54%)
Jeremy Grantham 93,700 sh (-51.02%)
Chris Davis 342,323 sh (-52.92%)
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Q4 2013

AMT Guru Trades in Q4 2013

George Soros 940,112 sh (+1780.22%)
Ron Baron 156,679 sh (+56.06%)
Chuck Akre 3,326,376 sh (+17.59%)
Chris Davis 355,839 sh (+3.95%)
Jeremy Grantham 94,300 sh (+0.64%)
Larry Robbins 1,782,711 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 2,638 sh (-10.09%)
Steven Cohen 445,774 sh (-25.76%)
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Q1 2014

AMT Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ken Fisher 2,505 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,011 sh (New)
Ron Baron 204,479 sh (+30.51%)
Chris Davis 442,359 sh (+24.31%)
Chuck Akre 4,027,121 sh (+21.07%)
Larry Robbins 1,782,711 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 85,600 sh (-9.23%)
George Soros 299,673 sh (-68.12%)
Steven Cohen 2,712 sh (-99.39%)
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Q2 2014

AMT Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 300,000 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 2,383 sh (New)
Ron Baron 208,779 sh (+2.1%)
Chris Davis 442,616 sh (+0.06%)
Larry Robbins Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Akre 4,024,596 sh (-0.06%)
Jeremy Grantham 79,700 sh (-6.89%)
George Soros 20,000 sh (-93.33%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with AMT

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
George Soros 2014-06-30 Reduce -93.33%0.22%$80.55 - $90.42 $ 93.728%20000
Chuck Akre 2014-03-31 Add 21.07%1.83%$78.83 - $84.51 $ 93.7215%4027121
George Soros 2014-03-31 Reduce -68.12%0.44%$78.83 - $84.51 $ 93.7215%299673
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 Add 30.51%0.02%$78.83 - $84.51 $ 93.7215%204479
Chuck Akre 2013-12-31 Add 17.59%1.47%$71.62 - $80.82 $ 93.7221%3326376
George Soros 2013-12-31 Add 1780.22%0.61%$71.62 - $80.82 $ 93.7221%940112
Ron Baron 2013-12-31 Add 56.06%0.02%$71.62 - $80.82 $ 93.7221%156679
Chuck Akre 2013-09-30 Add 48.09%2.89%$68.36 - $77.84 $ 93.7230%2828736
George Soros 2013-09-30 New Buy0.04%$68.36 - $77.84 $ 93.7230%50000
Ron Baron 2013-09-30 Add 96.1%0.02%$68.36 - $77.84 $ 93.7230%100396
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Preferred stocks of American Tower Corp

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
AMTPRA106.561.255 1/4 % Conv Pfd Shs Series -A-

Guru Investment Theses on American Tower Corp

Chuck Akre Comments on American Tower Corporation - Jul 23, 2014

American Tower Corporation (“American Tower”) (NYSE: AMT)

Market Cap: $35.6 billion (as of 6/30/14)

Company overview:

American Tower (AMT), organized as real estate investment trust (REIT), is the largest independent U.S.-based owner of cellphone towers. The company’s rental and management operations include leasing antenna space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, and wireless data providers. Revenue and earnings are fueled by more towers, more equipment and tenants per tower, long-term hell-or-high water leases with annual pricing escalators and very high incremental margins.

Akre Focus Fund Investment:

The Fund made its first small investment in American Tower upon its inception in 2009, having had prior investments in the company for many years. Early this year we were able to take advantage of some price dislocation and add to the position. As of June 2014, AMT represents 8.9% of the portfolio.

Investment thesis:

We believe that cell towers are the “bottleneck” business within wireless data and communications, spanning countries, wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, and connected devices. The physics of radio frequency, signal propagation, and spectrum reuse and handoff promise an ongoing reliance on macro towers for network deployment, and the increasing demands being placed on these networks from 4G and skyrocketing wireless broadband data consumption herald the need for more towers, more tenants/equipment per tower, and more high incremental margin revenue growth for American Tower, which already boasts an Adjusted Funds from Operations, (AFFO)* margin over 40%. Moreover, wireless markets have been following similar growth trajectories as the U.S., and American Tower closed 2013 with nearly two-thirds of its towers outside the U.S. in countries such as India, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and South Africa. We believe this global scope affords a compelling runway for reinvestment.



The Investment Examples included herein have been selected based on objective, non-performance based selection criteria, solely to provide general examples of the research and investment processes of the Fund. The Investment Examples should not be construed as an indicator of the future performance. The information presented above should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. There can be no assurance that any securities discussed herein will be a part of the Fund’s portfolio or, if sold, will not be repurchased.

* Adjusted Funds from Operations, (AFFO) is A measure of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)'s financial performance. This metric takes into account a REIT's Funds From Operations (FFO) and adjusts for recurring spending the company does to maintain the quality of its underlying real estate assets.

From Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio)’s 2014 Q2 Fund Pitchbook .

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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 52.10
AMT's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
61% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 25.40 vs. AMT: 52.10 )
AMT' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 30.65   Max: 874.04
Current: 52.1

30.65
874.04
P/B 8.40
AMT's P/B is ranked lower than
52% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. AMT: 8.40 )
AMT' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.17   Max: 9.66
Current: 8.4

1.17
9.66
P/S 9.90
AMT's P/S is ranked higher than
59% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.54 vs. AMT: 9.90 )
AMT' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 3.33   Max: 14.34
Current: 9.9

3.33
14.34
PFCF 38.10
AMT's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 71.42 vs. AMT: 38.10 )
AMT' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 16.5   Max: 41.11
Current: 38.1

16.5
41.11
EV-to-EBIT 37.39
AMT's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
67% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 31.63 vs. AMT: 37.39 )
AMT' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 23.6   Max: 749
Current: 37.39

23.6
749
PEG 3.52
AMT's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMT: 3.52 )
AMT' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 2.92   Max: 11.92
Current: 3.52

2.92
11.92
Shiller P/E 76.70
AMT's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMT: 76.70 )
AMT' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 67.84   Max: 1107.25
Current: 76.7

67.84
1107.25
Current Ratio 0.45
AMT's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 582 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.79 vs. AMT: 0.45 )
AMT' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 8.14
Current: 0.45

0.12
8.14
Quick Ratio 0.45
AMT's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 582 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.77 vs. AMT: 0.45 )
AMT' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 8.08
Current: 0.45

0.12
8.08

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.40
AMT's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
93% of the 636 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.36 vs. AMT: 1.40 )
AMT' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.54
Current: 1.4

0.59
1.54
Dividend Payout 0.69
AMT's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
80% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. AMT: 0.69 )
AMT' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 3.58
Current: 0.69

0.4
3.58
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.40
AMT's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
92% of the 637 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.82 vs. AMT: 1.40 )
AMT' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.54
Current: 1.4

0.59
1.54
Share Buyback Rate 0.40
AMT's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
94% of the 521 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -7.10 vs. AMT: 0.40 )
AMT' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 89.1   Max: -1057.6
Current: 0.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 2.55
AMT's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
80% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.47 vs. AMT: 2.55 )
AMT' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.89   Max: 4.33
Current: 2.55

1.89
4.33
Price/Median PS Value 1.01
AMT's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
82% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. AMT: 1.01 )
AMT' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 3.1
Current: 1.01

0.08
3.1
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.40
AMT's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 695 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AMT: 3.40 )
AMT' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 34.71
Current: 3.4

0.16
34.71
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 2.70
AMT's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
61% of the 631 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. AMT: 2.70 )
AMT' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 4.2
Current: 2.7

0.1
4.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.96
AMT's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
90% of the 529 Companies
in the Global REIT - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.86 vs. AMT: 16.96 )
AMT' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -15.5   Max: 18.1
Current: 16.96

-15.5
18.1

Business Description

Industry: REITs » REIT - Diversified
Compare:ARI, NLY, VNO, IVR, WSR » details
Traded in other countries:A0T.Germany
American Tower Corp was incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Company is an owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate. Its main business is leasing antenna space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. It also offers tower-related services domestically, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting services and structural analysis services, which mainly support its site leasing business and the addition of new tenants and equipment on its sites. The Company's communications real estate portfolio of 54,604 sites, as of December 31, 2012, includes wireless and broadcast communications towers and distributed antenna system ('DAS') networks, which provide seamless coverage solutions in certain in-building and outdoor wireless environments. Its portfolio mainly consists of towers that it owns and towers that it operates pursuant to long-term lease arrangements, including, as of December 31, 2012, 22,534 towers domestically and 31,789 towers internationally. In addition, its portfolio also includes 281 DAS networks that it operates mainly in malls and casinos, and selected outdoor environments. It also manages rooftop and tower sites for property owners under various contractual arrangements, as well as hold property interests that it leases to communications service providers and third-party tower operators. Its operations are reported in three segments: domestic rental and management, international rental and management and network development services. Its domestic rental and management segment is comprised of its nationwide network of communications sites that enables it to address the needs of national, regional, local and emerging communications service providers in the United States, as well as customers in a number of other industries. Its domestic rental and management segment also includes property interests that it leases to communications service providers and third-party tower operators. Its international rental and management segment, which is comprised of communications sites in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Uganda, provides a source of diversification and growth. Its rental and management operations include the operation of wireless and broadcast communications towers and managed networks, rooftop management, the leasing of property interests and the installation of shared generators domestically. It owns and operates communications towers in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Uganda. It leases real estate on its communications towers to tenants providing a diverse range of communications services, including personal communications services, cellular, broadcasting, enhanced specialized
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