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Why American Tower Is Poised to Pop

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:17AM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in this 4-Star.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wireless communication tower operator American Tower (AMT -1.02%) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at American Tower and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

American Tower facts

Headquarters (founded)

Boston (1995)

Market Cap

$31.5 billion

Industry

Diversified communication services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.9 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO James Taiclet Jr.

CFO Thomas Bartlett

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

12.9%

Cash/Debt

$368.6 million / $8.8 billion

Dividend Yield

1.3%

Competitors

Crown Castle International

SBA Communications

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 1,117 members who have rated American Tower believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFChemist, succinctly summed up the American Tower bull case for our community:   

Paradigm shift toward mobile data consumption is still in its early stages. [American Tower] is best-positioned among its peers in the international market, where much of the growth in this area is yet to come. Best-of-breed financials, high cash flow visibility, and has a growing market opportunity.

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Stocks Mentioned

American Tower Corporation Stock Quote
American Tower Corporation
AMT
$230.63 (-1.02%) $-2.37
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SBA Communications Corporation Stock Quote
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