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On 31 March 2019, American Tower Corporation (REIT) (NYSE:AMT) released its earnings update. Generally, the consensus outlook from analysts appear fairly confident, as a 24% increase in profits is expected in the upcoming year, relative to the past 5-year average growth rate of 16%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of US$1.2b, we can expect this to reach US$1.5b by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
Can we expect American Tower (REIT) to keep growing?
Longer term expectations from the 18 analysts covering AMT’s stock is one of positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To reduce the year-on-year volatility of analyst earnings forecast, I've inserted a line of best fit through the expected earnings figures to determine the annual growth rate from the slope of the line.
From the current net income level of US$1.2b and the final forecast of US$2.0b by 2022, the annual rate of growth for AMT’s earnings is 14%. EPS reaches $5.18 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $2.79 EPS today. In 2022, AMT's profit margin will have expanded from 16% to 23%.
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