Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wireless communication tower operator American Tower
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at American Tower's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
American Tower facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Boston (1995)|
|Market Cap||$20.25 billion|
|Industry||Wireless telecommunication services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.89 billion|
Chairman/CEO James Taiclet Jr.
CFO Thomas Bartlett
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||8%|
|Cash/Debt||$414.6 million / $4.8 billion|
Crown Castle International
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this month, SunDevilDon touched on the massive tailwind working in American Tower's favor: "Market leader in the US and expanding into new countries. It benefits from growth in wireless devices like smart phones no matter if iPhone, Android or [BlackBerry]."
As the country's largest tower operator with more than 33,000 sites, American Tower remains a potent play on the ever-growing demand for wireless services. In fact, American Tower's three-year average operating margin (38.2%) easily tops that of its closest rivals, Crown Castle (25.1%) and SBA (11.5%), as well as other wireless infrastructure stocks like DragonWave
CAPS member srimox elaborates on the bull case:
They [build] cellular towers around the world, but their main business is in the US. These towers are leased out to the cell phone service providers. ... Cell phone service providers need them to supply service, and with 4G and all these new smartphones more and more service is needed. That means a lot of new business for [American Tower], and their stock could boom.
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