American Tower Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) today reported financial results for the quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2020.

Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We generated strong performance in 2020, driven by the combination of solid organic growth, accretive acquisitions and a record year of new site construction, along with improving margins. Moreover, we grew our common stock dividend and maintained our strong balance sheet, while helping to provide critical connectivity to billions of people across our served markets during the ongoing pandemic.

In 2021, we expect to extend our long track record of driving sustainable growth as mobile technology advances globally. We look forward to closing our transformational Telxius acquisition, which will establish us as a leader in Germany and Spain, and are rapidly integrating the more than 2,000 new towers we acquired in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2020. We believe that our comprehensive asset base, commitment to our Stand and Deliver strategy and our exceptional employees around the world position American Tower for continued success as we look to 5G and beyond.”


American Tower generated the following operating results for the quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2020 (all comparative information is presented against the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019).

Stock Repurchase Program – The Company repurchased a total of 0.3 million shares of its common stock for approximately $56 million in 2020, all in the first and second quarters. As of December 31, 2020, there was approximately $2.0 billion remaining under the Company’s existing stock repurchase programs.

Capital Expenditures During the fourth quarter of 2020, total capital expenditures were approximately $374 million, of which $67 million was for non-discretionary capital improvements and corporate capital expenditures. For the full year 2020, total capital expenditures were approximately $1.1 billion, of which $160 million was for non-discretionary capital improvements and corporate capital expenditures. For additional capital expenditure details, please refer to the supplemental disclosure package available on the Company’s website.

Acquisitions During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company spent approximately $3.5 billion to acquire 2,629 communications sites, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, including more than 1,600 towers and distributed antenna systems, as well as other communications infrastructure, as part of its previously announced agreement with InSite Wireless Group, LLC (the “InSite Acquisition”). Also included in the totals herein is the Company’s acquisition of over 500 additional towers in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. For the full year 2020, the Company spent approximately $3.8 billion to acquire 3,477 communications sites and other communications infrastructure globally.

On January 13, 2021, the Company entered into definitive agreements with Telxius Telecom, S.A. (“Telxius”), a subsidiary of Telefónica, S.A., under which it will acquire Telxius’ European and Latin American tower divisions, comprising approximately 31,000 communications sites in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Peru and Spain, for approximately €7.7 billion (approximately $9.4 billion at the date of signing) (the “Pending Telxius Acquisition”). The Pending Telxius Acquisition is expected to close in tranches beginning in the second quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including government and regulatory approval.

Other Events – On December 16, 2020, the Company redeemed 100% of Tata Teleservices Limited and Tata Sons’ remaining combined holdings of ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private Limited (“ATC TIPL”), for total consideration of INR 24.8 billion (approximately $337 million at the date of redemption). As a result of the redemption, the Company’s controlling interest in ATC TIPL increased from 79% to 92%.

In February 2021, the Company entered into an agreement with Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Investments Pte Limited and SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Trust (together, “Macquarie”) to redeem 100% of their combined holdings in ATC TIPL. Accordingly, the Company expects to pay an amount equivalent to INR 12.9 billion (approximately $177 million at the December 31, 2020 exchange rate) to redeem the shares in 2021, subject to regulatory approval. After the completion of the redemption, the Company will hold a 100% ownership interest in ATC TIPL.


Leverage For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the Company’s Net Leverage Ratio was 5.0x net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) to fourth quarter 2020 annualized Adjusted EBITDA.

Liquidity and Financing Activities As of December 31, 2020, the Company had nearly $4.9 billion of total liquidity, consisting of $1.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents plus the ability to borrow an aggregate of approximately $3.2 billion under its revolving credit facilities, net of any outstanding letters of credit.

During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company issued $1.7 billion in senior unsecured notes. The net proceeds were used to repay existing indebtedness and for general corporate purposes, including the funding of the InSite Acquisition.

On February 5, 2021, the Company repaid its $750.0 million unsecured term loan due February 12, 2021.

On February 10, 2021, the Company entered into amendments to its revolving credit facilities and 2019 term loan providing for, among other things, an upsize of the commitments under its multicurrency revolving credit facility to $4.1 billion and its revolving credit facility to $2.9 billion, of which €1.3 billion under the multicurrency revolving credit facility is to be used to finance a portion of the Pending Telxius Acquisition. Also on February 10, 2021, the Company entered into a €1.1 billion 364-day delayed draw term loan and an €825.0 million 3-year delayed draw term loan, the proceeds of which are to be used to fund the Pending Telxius Acquisition.

As a result of the above transactions, effective February 10, 2021, the Company reduced the size of the bridge commitment it entered into on January 13, 2021 with Bank of America N.A. and BofA Securities, Inc. to €4.275 billion from the original €7.5 billion.


The following full year 2021 estimates are based on a number of assumptions that management believes to be reasonable and reflect the Company’s expectations as of February 25, 2021. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates as a result of various factors, and the Company refers you to the cautionary language regarding “forward-looking” statements included in this press release when considering this information. The Company’s outlook does not include any impact from the Pending Telxius Acquisition.

As of February 25, 2021, based on currently available information, the Company does not anticipate significant impacts to its underlying operating results in 2021 as a result of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. This is subject to change depending on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at this time. Additional information pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 on the Company will be provided in our upcoming Form 10-K for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

The Company’s outlook is based on the following average foreign currency exchange rates to 1.00 U.S. Dollar for February 25, 2021 through December 31, 2021: (a) 107 Argentinean Pesos; (b) 1.30 Australian Dollars (c) 5.40 Brazilian Reais; (d) 1.27 Canadian Dollars (e) 730 Chilean Pesos; (f) 3,520 Colombian Pesos; (g) 0.82 Euros; (h) 5.90 Ghanaian Cedis; (i) 73.10 Indian Rupees; (j) 111 Kenyan Shillings; (k) 20.00 Mexican Pesos; (l) 400 Nigerian Naira; (m) 6,900 Paraguayan Guarani; (n) 3.65 Peruvian Soles; (o) 3.75 Polish Zloty; (p) 15.15 South African Rand; (q) 3,690 Ugandan Shillings; and (r) 540 West African CFA Francs.

The Company’s outlook reflects estimated favorable impacts of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations to property revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and Consolidated AFFO of approximately $40 million, $27 million and $23 million, respectively, relative to the Company’s 2020 results. The impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on net income is not provided, as the impact on all components of the net income measure cannot be calculated without unreasonable effort.

About American Tower

American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate with a portfolio of approximately 186,000 communications sites. For more information about American Tower, please visit the “Earnings Materials” and “Investor Presentations” sections of our investor relations website at

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