The company is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates multi-tenant communications towers used by wireless service providers, radio and television broadcasters, and governments.
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A company creates wealth for its long-term shareholders in 2 main ways - through dividend payments and through the accumulation of retained earnings. This graph shows the accumulation of per-share equity of long-term shareholders (green bars), which consists of the retained earnings plus all capital invested in the company, and the cumulative dividends the company has paid over time per share of its stock (blue bars).
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Return on equity is a key metric of financial performance, indicating a company's ability to generate earnings using shareholder capital. Over time, ROE is one of the major determinants of the rate at which a company creates shareholder wealth. The average ROE for large U.S. companies is 12%, and many investors use it as a threshold for attractive investments.
Companies can boost ROE by increasing leverage, which reduces the safety of the investment. Therefore, it is useful to look at the return on assets (ROA), which measures a company's earning power regardless of its capital structure. A widening gap between ROE and ROA may be a warning sign that should be thoroughly investigated.
Earnings per share is a popular metric used to value a company (using P/E ratio); growth in EPS is often used to judge company growth potential. However, many investors believe that EPS is an inferior metric to ROE, because it ignores the amount of capital the company used to generate earnings.
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analysis provides insight into factors affecting the Return On Equity of a company.
The DuPont equation decomposes ROE as follows:
ROE = (Net margin) * (Asset turnover) * (Asset to equity ratio)
Net margin indicates operating efficiency, Asset turnover measures the total asset use efficiency, and the Asset to equity ratio is a measure of financial leverage.
The dividend payout ratio tells investors what percentage of earnings a company returns to shareholders, and what percentage it retains and reinvests. This ratio represents a major capital allocation decision by the company, and can be used to judge management rationality. Rational management should pay out all earnings that cannot be productively reinvested. Therefore, a low dividend payout ratio for a profitable company with a low growth potential may be a warning sign.
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P/E ratio is a popular way of making a quick judgment of a company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - often seek solid companies with low P/E ratios as investment opportunities. However, P/E ratio represents an oversimplified approach to business valuation, and can often lead to incorrect investment decisions.
On June 8, 1998, the Company consummated the American Tower Corporation Merger (ATC Merger) pursuant to which that entity was merged into ATC for an aggregate preliminary purchase price of approximately $550.0 million. At the time of closing, the acquired company owned approximately 775 communications towers and managed approximately 125 communications towers. In conjunction with the ATC Merger, the Company issued 28,782,386 shares of Class A Common Stock valued at approximately $287.8 million
On July 8, 1998, the Company completed a public offering of 27,861,987 shares of Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value per share (the Class A Common Stock)
Since January 1, 1999, ATC has acquired various communications sites and businesses for an aggregate estimated purchase price of approximately $746.0 million, including the issuance of approximately 20.7 million shares of Class A common stock valued (at the time of the relevant agreement) at approximately $454.8 million.
During the period January 1, 1998 through March 4, 1999, ATC has acquired various communications sites and businesses for an estimated purchase price of approximately $1.6 billion, including the issuance of approximately 57.0 million shares of Class A common stock valued (at the time of the relevant agreement) at $837.4 million.
In August 1999, the Company agreed to lease on a long-term basis up to 2,100 towers from AirTouch Communications, Inc. The Company's cumulative lease payments, based on 2,100 towers, aggregate $800.0 million in cash payable in part upon each closing, and five-year warrants to purchase 3.0 million shares of Class A common stock at $22.00 per share. At the first three closings in January and February 2000, the Company leased 1,180 towers, paid AirTouch $449.5 million in cash and issued a warrant for 3.0 million shares of Class A common stock. The remaining closings are expected to occur in the second and third quarter of 2000.
In September 1999, the Company agreed to purchase up to 1,942 towers from AT&T. These towers are located throughout the United States and were constructed by AT&T for its microwave operations. The purchase price is $260.0 million in cash, subject to adjustment if all towers are not purchased. At the first three closings in January, February and March 2000, the Company acquired 1,440 towers and paid AT&T $220.1 million. The remaining closings are expected to occur in the second and third quarter of 2000.
In January 2000, the Company consummated its merger with UNIsite, Inc. The purchase price was approximately $196.4 million, which includes a payment of $147.7 million in cash and the assumption of $48.7 million of debt. In February 2000, the Company repaid the debt assumed in connection with the UNIsite transaction. Such repayment was at a premium of the outstanding principal balance. Accordingly, the Company recognized an extraordinary loss of $1.3 million (net of an income tax benefit of $1.0 million) from the extinguishment of this debt in the first quarter of 2000.
June Stock Offering--In June 2000, the Company completed a public offering of 12,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock, $.01 par value per share at $41.125 per share. The Company's net proceeds of the offering (after deduction of the offering expenses) were approximately $513.6 million.
In the filing for December 31, 2002, the company revised revenue numbers previously reported for 2001 and 2002. No further explanation is available.
In May 2005, the Company entered into an agreement and plan of merger with SpectraSite. Under the terms of the merger agreement, SpectraSite merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and each share of SpectraSite common stock converted into the right to receive 3.575 shares of the Company's Class A common stock. In August 2005, the Company issued approximately 169.5 million shares of its Class A common stock with respect to shares of SpectraSite common stock outstanding as of the closing of the merger and reserved for issuance approximately 9.9 million and 6.8 million shares of Class A common stock issuable pursuant to SpectraSite options and warrants, respectively, assumed in the merger.
On January 8, 2013, the Company completed a registered public offering of $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 3.50% senior unsecured notes due 2023 (the 3.50% Notes), which were issued at a price equal to 99.185% of their face value. The net proceeds to the Company from the offering were approximately $983.4 million, after deducting commissions and expenses. The Company used $265.0 million of the net proceeds to repay the outstanding indebtedness under its $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility entered into in April 2011 (the 2011 Credit Facility) and $718.4 million to repay a portion of the outstanding indebtedness incurred under its $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility entered into in January 2012. The 3.50% Notes mature on January 31, 2023, and interest is payable semi-annually in arrears on January 31 and July 31 of each year, commencing on July 31, 2013. The Company may redeem the 3.50% Notes at any time at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount, plus a make-whole premium, together with accrued interest to the redemption date. Interest on the notes began to accrue on January 8, 2013 and is computed on the basis of a 360-day year comprised of 12 30-day months.
On October 1, 2013, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary American Tower Investments LLC, acquired 100% of the outstanding common membership interests of MIP Tower Holdings LLC (MIPT), a private REIT and the parent company of Global Tower Partners (GTP), an owner and operator, through its various operating subsidiaries, of approximately 4,860 communications sites in the United States and approximately 510 communications sites in Costa Rica and Panama. GTP also manages rooftops and holds property interests that it leases to communications service providers and third-party tower operators. MIPTs revenues and gross margin for the period from the acquisition date through December 31, 2013 were $84.1 million and $65.0 million, respectively. The preliminary purchase price of $4.9 billion was satisfied with approximately $3.3 billion in cash, including an aggregate of approximately $2.8 billion from borrowings under the Companys credit facilities, and the assumption of approximately $1.5 billion of MIPTs existing indebtedness.
On March 3, 2015, the Company completed a registered public offering of 23,500,000 shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at $97.00 per share. On March 5, 2015, the Company issued an additional 2,350,000 shares of common stock in connection with the underwriters' exercise in full of their over-allotment option. Aggregate net proceeds were approximately $2.44 billion after deducting commissions and estimated expenses.
On March 27, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of the exclusive right to lease, acquire or otherwise operate and manage 11,449 wireless communications sites from Verizon in the United States pursuant to the Master Agreement entered into on February 5, 2015 and the related Master Prepaid Lease, Management Agreement, Sale Site Master Lease Agreement and MPL Site Master Lease Agreement, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, leased or subleased from certain Verizon subsidiaries 11,286 communications sites, including the interest in the land, the tower and certain related improvements and tower related assets pursuant to the Master Prepaid Lease. Under the Master Prepaid Lease, the Company has the exclusive right to lease and operate the Verizon communications sites for a weighted average term of approximately 28 years and the Company will have the option to purchase the communications sites in various tranches at the end of the respective lease or sublease terms at a fixed amount stated in the sublease for such tranche plus the fair market value of certain alterations made to the related towers. The Company accounted for the payment with respect to the leased sites as a capital lease and the respective lease and non-lease elements related to tower assets and intangible assets. The total consideration for the Verizon Transaction was $5,066 million.
On April 29, 2015, the Company acquired 4,176 communications sites from TIM Celular S.A. pursuant to its previously announced agreement for a purchase price of 1.9 billion Brazilian Reais (BRL) ($644.3 million at the date of acquisition). On September 30, 2015, the Company acquired an additional 1,125 communications sites from TIM for an initial aggregate purchase price of 516.9 million BRL ($130.9 million at the date of acquisition). On December 16, 2015, the Company acquired an additional 182 communications sites from TIM for an initial aggregate purchase price of 84.1 million BRL ($21.7 million at the date of acquisition). The purchase price for each TIM acquisition is subject to post-closing adjustments. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the Company has the ability to purchase the remaining sites as they become available through October 2016.
On July 1, 2015, the Company acquired 4,699 communications sites in Nigeria from certain subsidiaries of Bharti Airtel Limited, and subsequently acquired 17 additional sites, pursuant to its previously announced agreement for a total purchase price of $1.112 billion, including value added tax. The purchase price is subject to post-closing adjustments.
On December 19, 2016, ATC Europe entered into a definitive agreement with Antin Infrastructure Partners and the individuals party thereto to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of FPS Towers (FPS). FPS owns and operates approximately 2,400 wireless tower sites in France. This transaction closed on February 15, 2017 for total consideration of 713.9 million Euros ($757.1 million at the date of acquisition).