Financial Contrast: American Tower (NYSE:AMT) and Safestore (OTCMKTS:SFSHF)

American Tower (NYSE:AMTGet Rating) and Safestore (OTCMKTS:SFSHFGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for American Tower and Safestore, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Tower 0 1 13 0 2.93
Safestore 0 0 2 0 3.00

American Tower currently has a consensus price target of $266.06, indicating a potential upside of 21.93%. Given American Tower’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Tower is more favorable than Safestore.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares American Tower and Safestore’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Tower $9.36 billion 10.86 $2.57 billion $6.30 34.64
Safestore N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

American Tower has higher revenue and earnings than Safestore.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.7% of American Tower shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Tower shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares American Tower and Safestore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Tower 27.78% 28.07% 4.23%
Safestore N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

American Tower has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safestore has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

American Tower beats Safestore on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Tower

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American Tower Corp. provides real estate investment services, and owns, operates, and develops multi-tenant real estate properties. It operates through the following segments: U.S. & Canada, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa Latin America, and Services. The Asia-Pacific segment refers to the operations in Australia and India. The Europe segment consists of France, Germany, and Poland. The Africa segment consists of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. The Latin America segment includes operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru. The Services segment offers tower-related services in the United States, including site acquisition, zoning & permitting services, and structural analysis services. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

About Safestore

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Safestore is the UK's largest self-storage group with 163 stores, comprising 125 wholly owned stores in the UK (including over 70 in London and the South East with the remainder in key metropolitan areas such as Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol), 28 wholly owned stores in the Paris region, 6 stores in the Netherlands and 4 stores within Barcelona, Spain. Safestore was founded in the UK in 1998. It acquired the French business Une Pi├Ęce en Plus in 2004 which was founded in 1998 by the current Safestore Group CEO Frederic Vecchioli.

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