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American Tower Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

<p> <b>CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS</b> </p> <p> <i>Fourth Quarter 2012</i> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Total revenue increased 17.6% to $768.4 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating income increased 12.7% to $279.2 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Cash provided by operating activities decreased 5.7% to $297.8 million </li> </ul> <p> <i>Full Year 2012</i> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Total revenue increased 17.7% to $2,876.0 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating income increased 21.7% to $1,119.7 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Cash provided by operating activities increased 21.3% to $1,414.4 million </li> </ul> <p> <b>SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS</b> </p> <p> <i>Fourth Quarter 2012</i> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Domestic rental and management segment revenue increased 7.5% to $499.9 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> International rental and management segment revenue increased 36.3% to $239.8 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Network development services segment revenue was $28.7 million </li> </ul> <p> <i>Full Year 2012</i> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Domestic rental and management segment revenue increased 11.3% to $1,940.7 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> International rental and management segment revenue increased 34.4% to $862.8 million </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Network development services segment revenue was $72.5 million </li> </ul> <p> </p>

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

American Tower Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results07:00 EST Tuesday, February 26, 2013 BOSTON (Business Wire) -- American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT)today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. Jim Taiclet, American Tower's Chief Executive Officer stated, “2012 represented another strong year of performance, as we remained focused on two primary aspirations: strengthening our core U.S. business by securing extended customer agreements to enable robust, sustained organic growth; and leveraging the rapid global adoption of wireless services to drive our international market expansion. As a result, we were able to achieve Core Growth in rental revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of over 21% and Core Growth in AFFO of nearly 19%. "Our Outlook for 2013 reflects continued mid-teen Core Growth in rental revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO, and we are focused on pursuing our disciplined global investment strategy to sustain these levels of growth into the future." FOURTH QUARTER 2012 OPERATING RESULTS OVERVIEW American Tower generated the following operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 (unless otherwise indicated, all comparative information is presented against the quarter ended December 31, 2011). Total revenue increased 17.6% to $768.4 million and total rental and management revenue increased 15.4% to $739.7 million. Total rental and management revenue Core Growth was approximately 19.3%. Please refer to the selected statement of operations detail on page 14, which highlights the items affecting all Core Growth percentages for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Total rental and management Gross Margin increased 15.6% to $562.9 million, which includes the impact of a one-time favorable expense item attributable to the domestic rental and management segment, as further described below. Total selling, general, administrative and development expense was $89.4 million, including $11.9 million of stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA increased 16.8% to $500.6 million, Core Growth in Adjusted EBITDA was 19.6%, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 65%. Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO) increased 4.7% to $289.7 million, which includes the negative impact of two non-recurring international tax payments of approximately $15.5 million in aggregate and new market start-up capital expenditures of approximately $5.6 million. Core Growth in AFFO was approximately 11.6%, and AFFO per Share increased 2.9% to $0.72. Operating income increased 12.7% to $279.2 million, while net income attributable to American Tower Corporation decreased 33.9% to $135.7 million. The decrease was primarily attributable to a one-time positive net impact of approximately $121.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2011, as a result of the reversal of certain deferred tax assets and liabilities resulting from the Company's conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). In addition, contributing to the decrease was the negative impact of approximately $39.4 million that the Company recorded during the fourth quarter of 2012 in relation to valuation allowances attributable to net operating losses generated by its international rental and management segment. Net income attributable to American Tower Corporation per both basic and diluted common share decreased 34.6% to $0.34. Cash provided by operating activities decreased 5.7% to $297.8 million. Segment ResultsDomestic Rental and Management Segment – Domestic rental and management segment revenue increased 7.5% to $499.9 million, which represented 65% of total revenues. Domestic rental and management segment Gross Margin increased 11.3% to $415.5 million, which includes the favorable one-time impact of approximately $5.7 million related to land rent expense. Domestic rental and management segment Operating Profit increased 10.7% to $390.5 million, and domestic rental and management segment Operating Profit Margin was 78%. International Rental and Management Segment – International rental and management segment revenue increased 36.3% to $239.8 million, which represented 31% of total revenues. International rental and management segment Gross Margin increased 29.7% to $147.4 million, while international rental and management segment Operating Profit increased 30.5% to $120.2 million.International rental and management segment Operating Profit Margin was 50% (70%, excluding the impact of $67.9 million of pass-through revenues). Network Development Services Segment – Network development services segment revenue was $28.7 million, which represented 4% of total revenues. Network development services segment Gross Margin was $15.3 million, and network development services segment Operating Profit was $12.9 million. Network development services segment Operating Profit Margin was 45%. FULL YEAR 2012 OPERATING RESULTS OVERVIEW American Tower generated the following operating results for the full year ended December 31, 2012 (unless otherwise indicated, all comparative information is presented against the full year ended December 31, 2011). Total revenue increased 17.7% to $2,876.0 million and total rental and management revenue increased 17.5% to $2,803.5 million. Total rental and management revenue Core Growth was approximately 21.1%. Please refer to the selected statement of operations detail on page 14, which highlights the items affecting all Core Growth percentages for the year ended December 31, 2012. Total rental and management Gross Margin increased 17.7% to $2,131.9 million. Total selling, general, administrative and development expense was $327.3 million, including $50.2 million of stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA increased 18.6% to $1,892.4 million, Core Growth in Adjusted EBITDA was 21.3%, and the Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 66%. AFFO increased 13.5% to $1,198.1 million, Core Growth in AFFO was approximately 18.8%, and AFFO per Share increased 13.6% to $3.00. Operating income increased 21.7% to $1,119.7 million, while net income attributable to American Tower Corporation increased 60.7% to $637.3 million. Net income attributable to American Tower Corporation per basic common share increased 61.0% to $1.61, and net income attributable to American Tower Corporation per diluted common share increased 61.6% to $1.60. Cash provided by operating activities increased 21.3% to $1,414.4 million. Segment ResultsDomestic Rental and Management Segment – Domestic rental and management segment revenue increased 11.3% to $1,940.7 million, which represented 67% of total revenues. Domestic rental and management segment Gross Margin increased 13.8% to $1,583.1 million, while domestic rental and management segment Operating Profit increased 14.0% to $1,497.5 million. Domestic rental and management segment Operating Profit Margin was 77%. International Rental and Management Segment – International rental and management segment revenue increased 34.4% to $862.8 million, which represented 30% of total revenues. International rental and management segment Gross Margin increased 30.5% to $548.7 million, while international rental and management segment Operating Profit increased 33.9% to $453.1 million. International rental and management segment Operating Profit Margin was 53% (72%, excluding the impact of $229.1 million of pass-through revenues). Network Development Services Segment – Network development services segment revenue was $72.5 million, which represented 3% of total revenues. Network development services segment Gross Margin was $37.6 million, and network development services segment Operating Profit was $30.9 million. Network development services segment Operating Profit Margin was 43%. Please refer to “Non-GAAP and Defined Financial Measures” on pages 6 and 7 for definitions of Gross Margin, Operating Profit, Operating Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share, Core Growth and Net Leverage Ratio. For additional financial information, including reconciliations to GAAP measures, please refer to the unaudited selected financial information on pages 12 through 16. INVESTING OVERVIEWDistributions – On December 31, 2012, the Company paid its fourth quarter distribution of $0.24 per share, or a total of approximately $94.8 million, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the Company paid an aggregate of $0.90 per share in distributions, or a total of approximately $355.6 million, to its stockholders. Subject to the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors, the Company expects to continue paying regular distributions, the amount and timing of which will be determined by the Board. Cash Paid for Capital Expenditures – During the fourth quarter of 2012,total capital expenditures of $191.0 million included $86.9 million for discretionary capital projects, including spending to complete the construction of 87 towers and the installation of 6 distributed antenna system networks and 304 shared generators domestically and the construction of 432 towers and the installation of 2 distributed antenna system networks internationally; $33.9 million to purchase land under the Company's communications sites; $28.0 million for the redevelopment of existing communications sites to accommodate new tenant equipment; and $42.3 million for capital improvements and corporate capital expenditures. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2012,total capital expenditures of $568.0 million included $279.0 million for discretionary capital projects, including spending to complete the construction of 235 towers and the installation of 15 distributed antenna system networks and 603 shared generators domestically and the construction of 2,109 towers and the installation of 2 distributed antenna system networks internationally; $82.3 million to purchase land under the Company's communications sites; $86.7 million for the redevelopment of existing communications sites to accommodate new tenant equipment; and $120.0 million for capital improvements and corporate capital expenditures. Cash Paid for Acquisitions – During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company spent $1,175.2 million for the purchase of 627 domestic towers, 24 domestic property interests under third-party communications sites and 2,263 international towers. The international towers consisted of those acquired pursuant to previously announced agreements, including 2,031 towers in Germany, 190 towers in Mexico and 42 towers in Colombia. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company acquired an additional 883 towers in Mexico for an aggregate purchase price of $248.5 million, subject to post-closing adjustments and value added tax. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the Company spent $1,998.0 million for the purchase of 713 domestic towers, 24 domestic property interests under third-party communications sites, 5,733 international towers and amounts due for acquisitions completed in December of 2011. Stock Repurchase Program – During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company repurchased a total of approximately 0.6 million shares of its common stock for approximately $46.0 million pursuant to its stock repurchase program. Between January 1, 2013 and January 21, 2013, the Company repurchased an additional 15,790 shares of its common stock for an aggregate of $1.2 million. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased a total of approximately 0.9 million shares of its common stock for approximately $62.7 million pursuant to its stock repurchase program. FINANCING UPDATELeverage – For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company's net leverage ratio was approximately 4.2x net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) to fourth quarter 2012 annualized Adjusted EBITDA. Liquidity – As of December 31, 2012, the Company had approximately $1.1 billion of total liquidity, comprised of approximately $368.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, plus the ability to borrow an aggregate of approximately $734.6 million under its two revolving credit facilities, net of any outstanding letters of credit. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company increased its liquidity by approximately $1.0 billion through the issuance of 3.50% senior unsecured notes due 2023, the net proceeds of which were used to repay borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facilities. FULL YEAR 2013 OUTLOOK The following estimates are based on a number of assumptions that management believes to be reasonable and reflect the Company's expectations as of February 26, 2013. These estimates include the impact of the Company's acquisition of 883 towers in Mexico, which closed subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 and the construction of between 2,250 to 2,750 new sites. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates as a result of various factors, and the Company refers you to the cautionary language regarding “forward-looking” statements included in this press release when considering this information. The Company's outlook is based on the following average foreign currency exchange rates to 1.00 U.S. Dollar for the full year 2013: (a) 2.00 Brazilian Reais; (b) 475.00 Chilean Pesos; (c) 1,800.00 Colombian Pesos; (d) 0.78 Euros; (e) 1.90 Ghanaian Cedi; (f) 53.00 Indian Rupees; (g) 12.50 Mexican Pesos; (h) 2.55 Peruvian Soles; (i) 8.70 South African Rand; and (j) 2,650.00 Ugandan Schillings. ($ in millions)     Full Year 2013   MidpointGrowth   Midpoint CoreGrowth Total rental and management revenue $3,160   to   $3,210 13.6% 16.5% Adjusted EBITDA (1) $2,080 to $2,130 11.2% 14.8% Adjusted Funds From Operations(1) $1,360 to $1,410 15.6% 16.3% Net Income $765 to $840 35.1% N/A ________ (1) See “Non-GAAP and Defined Financial Measures” below. The Company's outlook for total rental and management revenue reflects the following at the midpoint: (1) domestic rental and management segment revenue of $2,080 million; and (2) international rental and management segment revenue of $1,105 million, which includes approximately $285 million of pass-through revenue. The calculation of midpoint Core Growth is as follows:(Totals may not add due to rounding.)   Total Rental andManagementRevenueAdjustedEBITDA   AFFO Outlook midpoint Core Growth 16.5% 14.8% 16.3% Estimated impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates (0.2)% (0.0)% 0.0% Impact of straight-line revenue and expense recognition (2.0)% (2.4)% - Impact of significant one-time items(1) (0.6)% (1.1)% (0.8)% Outlook midpoint growth 13.6% 11.2% 15.6% ___ (1) Attributable to 2012 one-time items and new market start-up capital expenditures of approximately $20 million in 2013.   Outlook for Capital Expenditures:($ in millions)(Totals may not add due to rounding.)Full Year 2013 Discretionary capital projects(1) $240   to   $300 Ground lease purchases 85 to 105 Redevelopment 95 to 105 Capital improvement(2) 105 to 115 Corporate 25 - 25 Total $550 to $650 ___ (1) Includes the construction of approximately 2,250 to 2,750 new communications sites. (2) Includes new market start-up capital expenditures of approximately $20 million and spending related to a lighting system upgrade in the U.S of approximately $15 million. Reconciliations of Outlook for Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:($ in millions)(Totals may not add due to rounding.)   Full Year 2013 Net income $765   to   $840 Interest expense 460 to 450 Depreciation, amortization and accretion 755 to 725 Income tax provision 63 to 73 Stock-based compensation expense 65 - 65 Other, including other operating expenses, interest income, loss on retirement of long-term obligations, (income) loss on equity method investments and other (income) expense (28) to (23) Adjusted EBITDA $2,080 to $2,130   Reconciliations of Outlook for Net Income to Adjusted Funds From Operations:($ in millions)(Totals may not add due to rounding.)Full Year 2013 Net income $765 to $840 Straight-line revenue (135) - (135) Straight-line expense 31 - 31 Depreciation, amortization and accretion 755 to 725 Stock-based compensation expense 65 - 65 Non-cash portion of tax provision 5 to 10 Other, including other operating expenses, interest expense, amortization of deferred financing costs, debt discounts and capitalized interest, loss on retirement of long-term obligations, other (income) expense and non-cash interest related to joint venture shareholder loans 4 to 14 Capital improvement capital expenditures (105) to (115) Corporate capital expenditures (25) - (25) Adjusted Funds From Operations $1,360 to $1,410 Conference Call Information American Tower will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012 and its outlook for 2013. Supplemental materials for the call will be available on the Company's website, www.americantower.com. The conference call dial-in numbers are as follows: U.S./Canada dial-in: (866) 740-9153 International dial-in: (706) 645-9644 Passcode: 94770658 When available, a replay of the call can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 12, 2013. The replay dial-in numbers are as follows: U.S./Canada dial-in: (855) 859-2056 International dial-in: (404) 537-3406 Passcode: 94770658 American Tower will also sponsor a live simulcast and replay of the call on its website, www.americantower.com. About American Tower American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower currently owns and operates over 54,000 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Uganda. For more information about American Tower, please visit www.americantower.com. Non-GAAP and Defined Financial Measures In addition to the results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) provided throughout this press release, the Company has presented the following non-GAAP and defined financial measures: Gross Margin, Operating Profit, Operating Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share, Core Growth and Net Leverage Ratio. The Company defines Gross Margin as revenues less operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation expense. The Company defines Operating Profit as Gross Margin less selling, general, administrative and development expense, excluding stock-based compensation expense and corporate expenses. For reporting purposes, the international rental and management segment Operating Profit and Gross Margin also include interest income, TV Azteca, net. These measures of Gross Margin and Operating Profit are also before interest income, interest expense, loss on retirement of long-term obligations, other income (expense), net income attributable to non-controlling interest, income (loss) on equity method investments, income taxes and discontinued operations. The Company defines Operating Profit Margin as the percentage that results from dividing Operating Profit by revenue. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before income (loss) from discontinued operations, net, income (loss) from equity method investments, income tax provision (benefit), other (income) expense, loss on retirement of long-term obligations, interest expense, interest income, other operating expenses, depreciation, amortization and accretion and stock-based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as the percentage that results from dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total revenue. The Company defines Funds From Operations as net income before real estate related depreciation, amortization and accretion. The Company defines Adjusted Funds From Operations as Funds From Operations before straight-line revenue and expense, stock-based compensation expense, non-cash portion of tax provision, non-real estate related depreciation, amortization and accretion, amortization of deferred financing costs, debt discounts and capitalized interest, other (income) expense, loss on retirement of long-term obligations, other operating (income) expense, less cash payments related to capital improvements and cash payments related to corporate capital expenditures. The Company defines Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share as Adjusted Funds From Operations divided by the diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. Funds From Operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 are presented on a pro forma basis and reflect adjustments for income tax provision as if the REIT conversion had occurred on January 1, 2011. The Company defines Core Growth in total rental and management revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Funds From Operations as the increase or decrease, expressed as a percentage, resulting from a comparison of financial results for a current period with corresponding financial results for the corresponding period in a prior year, in each case, excluding the impact of straight-line revenue and expense recognition, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and significant one-time items. The Company defines Net Leverage Ratio as net debt (total debt, less cash and cash equivalents) divided by last quarter annualized Adjusted EBITDA. These measures are not intended to replace financial performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Rather, they are presented as additional information because management believes they are useful indicators of the current financial performance of the Company's core businesses. The Company believes that these measures can assist in comparing company performances on a consistent basis irrespective of depreciation and amortization or capital structure. Depreciation and amortization can vary significantly among companies depending on accounting methods, particularly where acquisitions or non-operating factors, including historical cost bases, are involved. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company's measures of Gross Margin, Operating Profit, Operating Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share, Core Growth and Net Leverage Ratio may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" concerning our goals, beliefs, expectations, strategies, objectives, plans, future operating results and underlying assumptions, and other statements that are not necessarily based on historical facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding our full year 2013 outlook, foreign currency exchange rates and our expectation regarding the declaration of regular distributions. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: (1) decrease in demand for our communications sites would materially and adversely affect our operating results and we cannot control that demand; (2) new technologies or changes in a tenant's business model could make our tower leasing business less desirable and result in decreasing revenues; (3) our business is subject to government regulations and changes in current or future laws or regulations could restrict our ability to operate our business as we currently do; (4) if our tenants consolidate, merge or share site infrastructure with each other to a significant degree, our growth, revenue and ability to generate positive cash flows could be materially and adversely affected; (5) we could suffer adverse tax or other financial consequences if taxing authorities do not agree with our tax positions; (6) a substantial portion of our revenue is derived from a small number of tenants, and we are sensitive to changes in the creditworthiness and financial strength of our tenants; (7) our foreign operations are subject to economic, political and other risks that could materially and adversely affect our revenues or financial position, including risks associated with fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; (8) our expansion initiatives involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could adversely affect our operating results, disrupt our operations or expose us to additional risk if we are not able to successfully integrate operations, assets and personnel; (9) if we are unable to protect our rights to the land under our towers, it could adversely affect our business and operating results; (10) increasing competition in the tower industry may create pricing pressures that may materially and adversely affect us; (11) if we are unable or choose not to exercise our rights to purchase towers that are subject to lease and sublease agreements at the end of the applicable period, our cash flows derived from such towers would be eliminated; (12) if we fail to qualify as a REIT or fail to remain qualified as a REIT, we would be subject to tax at corporate income tax rates, which would substantially reduce funds otherwise available; (13) we may be limited in our ability to fund required distributions using cash generated through our TRSs; (14) complying with REIT requirements may limit our flexibility or cause us to forego otherwise attractive opportunities; (15) certain of our business activities may be subject to corporate level income tax and foreign taxes, which reduce our cash flows, and may have deferred and contingent tax liabilities; (16) we may need additional financing to fund capital expenditures, future growth and expansion initiatives and to satisfy our REIT distribution requirements;(17) our leverage and debt service obligations may materially and adversely affect us; (18) restrictive covenants in the loan agreements related to our securitization transaction, the loan agreements for our credit facilities and the indentures governing our debt securities could materially and adversely affect our business by limiting flexibility; (19) we may incur goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges which could result in a significant reduction to our earnings; (20) we have limited experience operating as a REIT, which may adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations, cash flow and ability to satisfy debt service obligations; (21) we could have liability under environmental and occupational safety and health laws; (22) our towers or data centers may be affected by natural disasters and other unforeseen events for which our insurance may not provide adequate coverage; and (23) our costs could increase and our revenues could decrease due to perceived health risks from radio emissions, especially if these perceived risks are substantiated. For additional information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements, we refer you to the information contained in Item 1A of our Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. We undertake no obligation to update the information contained in this press release to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)             December 31,December 31,20122011(1)ASSETS: Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $368,618 $330,191 Restricted cash 69,316 42,215 Short-term investments and available-for-sale securities 6,018 22,270 Accounts receivable, net 136,971 100,610 Prepaid and other current assets 222,851 250,273 Deferred income taxes 25,754 29,596 Total current assets 829,528 775,155 Property and equipment, net 5,789,995 4,981,722 Goodwill 2,912,046 2,676,290 Other intangible assets, net 3,115,053 2,495,053 Deferred income taxes 213,518 209,031 Deferred rent asset 776,201 609,529 Notes receivable and other non-current assets 452,788 495,615 Total $14,089,129 $12,242,395   LIABILITIES AND EQUITY: Current liabilities: Accounts payable $89,578 $215,931 Accrued expenses 286,962 305,538 Distributions payable 189 - Accrued interest 71,271 65,729 Current portion of long-term obligations 60,031 101,816 Unearned revenue 124,147 92,483 Total current liabilities 632,178 781,497 Long-term obligations 8,693,345 7,134,492 Asset retirement obligations 435,724 344,180 Other non-current liabilities 643,701 572,084 Total liabilities 10,404,948 8,832,253   COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIESEQUITY : Common stock 3,959 3,936 Additional paid-in capital 5,012,124 4,903,800 Distributions in excess of earnings (1,196,907) (1,477,899) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (183,347) (142,617) Treasury stock(2) (62,728) - Total American Tower Corporation equity 3,573,101 3,287,220 Noncontrolling interest 111,080 122,922 Total equity 3,684,181 3,410,142 Total $14,089,129 $12,242,395   (1) December 31, 2011 balances have been revised to reflect purchase accounting measurement period adjustments. (2) As part of the Company's reorganization to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes, effective December 31, 2011, the Company completed the merger with its predecessor, approved by the Company's stockholders in November 2011. At the time of the merger, each share of Class A common stock of American Tower held in treasury at December 31, 2011 ceased to be outstanding, and a corresponding adjustment was recorded to additional paid‐in capital and common stock. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data)                   Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011 REVENUES: Rental and management $739,684 $640,883 $2,803,490 $2,386,185 Network development services 28,690 12,316 72,470 57,347 Total operating revenues 768,374 653,199 2,875,960 2,443,532 OPERATING EXPENSES: Costs of operations (exclusive of items shown separately below): Rental and management (including stock-based compensation expense of $199, $252, $793 and $1,105, respectively) 180,561 157,818 686,681 590,272 Network development services (including stock-based compensation expense $219, $314, $968 and $1,224, respectively) 13,645 7,800 35,798 30,684 Depreciation, amortization and accretion 178,488 143,615 644,276 555,517 Selling, general, administrative and development expense (including stock-based compensation expense of $11,911, $10,686, $50,222, and $45,108 respectively) 89,410 73,895 327,301 288,824 Other operating expenses 27,035 22,333 62,185 58,103 Total operating expenses 489,139 405,461 1,756,241 1,523,400 OPERATING INCOME 279,235 247,738 1,119,719 920,132 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE): Interest income, TV Azteca, net 3,543 3,627 14,258 14,214 Interest income 1,427 541 7,680 7,378 Interest expense (104,043) (85,119) (401,665) (311,854) Loss on retirement of long-term obligations - - (398) - Other expense (including unrealized foreign currency losses of $21,483, $29,548, $34,330 and $131,053, respectively) (18,832) (7,265) (38,300) (122,975) Total other expense (117,905) (88,216) (418,425) (413,237) INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND INCOME ON EQUITY METHOD INVESTMENTS 161,330 159,522 701,294 506,895 Income tax provision (43,187) 36,901 (107,304) (125,080) Income on equity method investments 10 11 35 25 NET INCOME $118,153 $196,434 $594,025 $381,840 Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 17,526 8,676 43,258 14,622 NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION $135,679 $205,110 $637,283 $396,462   NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE AMOUNTS Basic net income attributable to American Tower Corporation $0.34 $0.52 $1.61 $1.00 Diluted net income attributable to American Tower Corporation $0.34 $0.52 $1.60 $0.99   WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING: BASIC 395,195 393,347 394,772 395,711 DILUTED 399,625 397,724 399,287 400,195   DISTRIBUTIONS DECLARED PER SHARE: $0.24 $0.35 $0.90 $0.35 UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)         Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,20122011 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $594,025 $381,840 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Stock-based compensation expense 51,983 47,437 Depreciation, amortization and accretion 644,276 555,517 Other non-cash items reflected in statements of operations 130,517 243,648 Increase in net deferred rent asset (130,512) (113,042) (Increase) decrease in restricted cash (26,500) 11,867 Decrease (increase) in assets 40,961 (72,516) Increase in liabilities 109,641 111,191 Cash provided by operating activities 1,414,391 1,165,942   CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Payments for purchase of property and equipment and construction activities (568,048) (523,015) Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (1,997,955) (2,320,673) Proceeds from sales of short-term investments, available-for-sale securities and other long-term assets 374,682 69,971 Payment for short-term investments (352,306) (42,590) Deposits, restricted cash and other (14,758) 25,495 Cash used in investing activities (2,558,385) (2,790,812)   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: (Repayments of) proceeds from short-term borrowings, net (55,264) 128,121 Borrowings under credit facilities 2,582,000 1,005,014 Proceeds from issuance of senior notes 698,670 499,290 Proceeds from term loan credit facility 750,000 - Proceeds from other long-term borrowings 177,299 212,783 Repayments of notes payable, credit facilities and capital leases (2,658,566) (395,384) Contributions from noncontrolling interest holders, net 52,761 140,880 Purchases of common stock (62,728) (437,402) Proceeds from stock options, warrants and stock purchase plan 55,441 85,642 Distributions (355,574) (137,765) Deferred financing costs and other financing activities (13,673) (15,084) Cash provided by financing activities 1,170,366 1,086,095   Net effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 12,055 (14,997) NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 38,427 (553,772) CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 330,191 883,963 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $368,618 $330,191   CASH PAID FOR INCOME TAXES, NET $69,277 $53,909 CASH PAID FOR INTEREST $366,458 $274,234 UNAUDITED RESULTS FROM OPERATIONS, BY SEGMENT(In thousands, except percentages)           Three Months Ended, December 31, 2012Rental and ManagementNetworkDevelopmentServicesTotalDomesticInternationalTotal Segment revenues $499,865 $239,819 $739,684 $28,690 $768,374 Segment operating expenses(1) 84,367 95,995 180,362 13,426 193,788 Interest income, TV Azteca, net - 3,543 3,543 - 3,543 Segment Gross Margin 415,498 147,367 562,865 15,264 578,129 Segment selling, general, administrative and development expense(1) 25,025 27,146 52,171 2,334 54,505 Segment Operating Profit $390,473 $120,221 $510,694 $12,930 $523,624 Segment Operating Profit Margin 78% 50% 69% 45% 68%   Three Months Ended, December 31, 2011Rental and ManagementNetworkDevelopmentServicesTotalDomesticInternationalTotal Segment revenues $464,945 $175,938 $640,883 $12,316 $653,199 Segment operating expenses(1) 91,602 65,964 157,566 7,486 165,052 Interest income, TV Azteca, net - 3,627 3,627 - 3,627 Segment Gross Margin 373,343 113,601 486,944 4,830 491,774 Segment selling, general, administrative and development expense(1) 20,513 21,487 42,000 2,734 44,734 Segment Operating Profit $352,830 $92,114 $444,944 $2,096 $447,040 Segment Operating Profit Margin 76% 52% 69% 17% 68%   Twelve Months Ended, December 31, 2012Rental and ManagementNetworkDevelopmentServicesTotalDomesticInternationalTotal Segment revenues $1,940,689 $862,801 $2,803,490 $72,470 $2,875,960 Segment operating expenses(1) 357,555 328,333 685,888 34,830 720,718 Interest income, TV Azteca, net - 14,258 14,258 - 14,258 Segment Gross Margin 1,583,134 548,726 2,131,860 37,640 2,169,500 Segment selling, general, administrative and development expense(1) 85,663 95,579 181,242 6,744 187,986 Segment Operating Profit $1,497,471 $453,147 $1,950,618 $30,896 $1,981,514 Segment Operating Profit Margin 77% 53% 70% 43% 69%   Twelve Months Ended, December 31, 2011Rental and ManagementNetworkDevelopmentServicesTotalDomesticInternationalTotal Segment revenues $1,744,260 $641,925 $2,386,185 $57,347 $2,443,532 Segment operating expenses(1) 353,458 235,709 589,167 29,460 618,627 Interest income, TV Azteca, net - 14,214 14,214 - 14,214 Segment Gross Margin 1,390,802 420,430 1,811,232 27,887 1,839,119 Segment selling, general, administrative and development expense(1) 77,041 82,106 159,147 7,864 167,011 Segment Operating Profit $1,313,761 $338,324 $1,652,085 $20,023 $1,672,108 Segment Operating Profit Margin 75% 53% 69% 35% 68%   (1) Excludes stock-based compensation expense. UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION   (In thousands, except where noted. Totals may not add due to rounding.)             Selected Balance Sheet Detail:December 31, 2012Long-term obligations summary, including current portionDecember 31, 2012Pro Forma (1) 2011 Credit Facility $265,000 $- 2012 Credit Facility 992,000 322,000 2012 Term Loan 750,000 750,000 4.625% Senior Notes due 2015 599,638 599,638 7.000% Senior Notes due 2017 500,000 500,000 4.500% Senior Notes due 2018 999,414 999,414 7.250% Senior Notes due 2019 296,272 296,272 5.050% Senior Notes due 2020 699,333 699,333 5.900% Senior Notes due 2021 499,356 499,356 4.700% Senior Notes due 2022 698,760 698,760 3.500% Senior Notes due 2023 - 991,850 Total Unsecured at American Tower Corporation $6,299,773 $6,356,624 Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-1 1,750,000 1,750,000 Unison Notes (2) 207,188 207,188 South African Facility (3) 98,456 98,456 Colombian long-term credit facility (3) 76,347 76,347 Colombian bridge loans (3) 53,169 53,169 Shareholder loans (4) 211,150 211,150 Capital leases 57,293 57,293 Total Secured or Subsidiary Debt $2,453,603 $2,453,603 Total debt $8,753,376 $8,810,227 Cash and cash equivalents 368,618 Net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) $8,384,758   (1) Pro Forma as of February 26, 2013 for: (a) the registered public offering of $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes and associated repayment of certain indebtedness under the 2011 and 2012 Credit Facilities; and (b) the aggregate borrowing of an additional $49 million under the 2012 Credit Facility. (2) The Unison Notes are secured debt and were assumed as a result of the acquisition of certain legal entities holding a portfolio of property interests from Unison Holdings LLC and Unison Site Management II, L.L.C. (3) Denominated in local currency. (4) Denominated in USD, reflects balances attributable to minority shareholder loans in the Company's joint ventures in Colombia, Ghana and Uganda.   Three Months EndedCalculation of Net Leverage Ratio ($ in thousands)December 31, 2012 Total debt $8,753,376 Cash and cash equivalents 368,618 Numerator: net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) $8,384,758   Adjusted EBITDA $500,630 Denominator: annualized Adjusted EBITDA 2,002,520 Net leverage ratio 4.2x UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION       (In thousands, except where noted. Totals may not add due to rounding.)               Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedShare count rollforward: (in millions of shares)   December 31,2012December 31,2012 Total common shares, beginning of period 395.4 393.6 Common shares repurchased (0.6) (0.9) Common shares issued 0.3 2.3   Total common shares outstanding, end of period (1) 395.1 395.1 (1) As of December 31, 2012, excludes (a) 3.2 million potentially dilutive shares associated with vested and exercisable stock options with an average exercise price of $37.07 per share, (b) 2.7 million potentially dilutive shares associated with unvested stock options, and (c) 1.9 million potentially dilutive shares associated with unvested restricted stock units. Total rental and management straight-line revenue and expense: In accordance with GAAP, the Company recognizes consolidated rental and management revenue and expense related to non-cancellable customer and ground lease agreements with fixed escalations on a straight-line basis, over the applicable lease term. As a result, the Company's revenue recognized may differ materially from the amount of cash collected per tenant lease, and the Company's expense incurred may differ materially from the amount of cash paid per ground lease. Additional information regarding straight-line accounting can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 in the section entitled "Revenue Recognition," in note 1, "Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" within the notes to the consolidated financial statements. A summary of total rental and management straight-line revenue and expense, which represents the non-cash revenue and expense recorded due to straight-line recognition, is as follows:         Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012   20112012   2011 Total rental and management operations straight-line revenue $47,260 $50,994 $165,806 $143,994 Total rental and management operations straight-line expense $7,553 $7,827 $33,700 $30,952   Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,Selling, general, administrative and development expense breakout:2012201120122011 Total rental and management overhead $52,171 $42,000 $181,242 $159,147 Network development services segment overhead 2,334 2,734 6,744 7,864 Corporate and development expenses 22,994 18,475 89,093 76,705 Stock-based compensation expense 11,911 10,686 50,222 45,108 Total $89,410 $73,895 $327,301 $288,824   Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,International pass-through revenue detail:2012201120122011 Pass-through revenue $67,933 $49,388 $229,105 $176,085   SELECTED CASH FLOW DETAIL:Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,Payments for purchase of property and equipment and construction activities:2012201120122011 Discretionary - capital projects $86,850 $74,996 $279,015 $296,906 Discretionary - ground lease purchases 33,887 11,012 82,349 91,292 Redevelopment 27,954 18,020 86,656 55,301 Capital improvements (1) 36,477 16,714 99,981 60,829 Corporate 5,853 5,184 20,047 18,687 Total $191,021 $125,926 $568,048 $523,015 ____ (1) Includes new market start-up capital expenditures of: (a) approximately $5.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012; and (b) approximately $24.5 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012.   UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION(Totals may not add due to rounding.)           SELECTED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DETAIL: The following table reflects the estimated impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, straight-line revenue and expense recognition and material one-time items on total rental and management revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO:   The calculation of Core Growth is as follows:Total Rental andManagementRevenueAdjusted EBITDAAFFOThree Months Ended December 31, 2012 Core Growth 19.3% 19.6% 11.6% Estimated impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates (1.8)% (1.4)% (1.4)% Impact of straight-line revenue recognition (2.0)% (2.8)% - Impact of material one-time items - 1.4% (5.6)% Reported growth 15.4% 16.8% 4.7%   Total Rental and ManagementRevenueAdjusted EBITDAAFFOTwelve Months Ended December 31, 2012 Core Growth 21.1% 21.3% 18.8% Estimated impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates (3.8)% (3.1)% (3.8)% Impact of straight-line revenue recognition (0.2)% (0.1)% - Impact of material one-time items 0.5% 0.6% (1.4)% Reported growth 17.5% 18.6% 13.5%             SELECTED PORTFOLIO DETAIL - OWNED SITES:   Tower Count(1):As ofAs ofSeptember 30, 2012ConstructedAcquiredAdjustmentsDecember 31, 2012 United States(2) 21,668 87 627 152 22,534 Brazil 4,311 28 - 6 4,345 Chile 1,180 1 - - 1,181 Colombia 2,847 58 42 57 3,004 Germany - - 2,031 - 2,031 Ghana 1,908 18 - - 1,926 India 10,116 287 - (25) 10,378 Mexico(3) 5,562 26 190 (1) 5,777 Peru 475 - - 25 500 South Africa 1,601 2 - 1 1,604 Uganda 1,031 12 - - 1,043 ___ Total 50,699 519 2,890 215 54,323 (1) Excludes in-building and outdoor distributed antenna system networks. (2) Includes 274 broadcast towers. (3) Includes 199 broadcast towers.             UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES AND THE CALCULATION OF DEFINED FINANCIAL MEASURES(In thousands, except percentages. Totals may not add due to rounding.)         The reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin are as follows:   Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011 Net income $118,153 $196,434 $594,025 $381,840 Income from equity method investments (10) (11) (35) (25) Income tax provision (benefit) 43,187 (36,901) 107,304 125,080 Other expense 18,832 7,265 38,300 122,975 Loss on retirement of long-term obligations - - 398 - Interest expense 104,043 85,119 401,665 311,854 Interest income (1,427) (541) (7,680) (7,378) Other operating expenses 27,035 22,333 62,185 58,103 Depreciation, amortization and accretion 178,488 143,615 644,276 555,517 Stock-based compensation expense 12,329 11,252 51,983 47,437 Adjusted EBITDA $500,630 $428,565 $1,892,421 $1,595,403 Divided by total revenue 768,374 653,199 2,875,960 2,443,532 Adjusted EBITDA Margin 65% 66% 66% 65% UNAUDITED REIT MEASURES AND RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES     (In thousands, except per share data. Totals may not add due to rounding.)           The reconciliation of net income to Funds From Operations and the calculation of Adjusted Funds From Operations and Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share are presented below:   Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011 Net Income $118,153 $196,434 $594,025 $381,840 Adjustment for pro forma income tax provision (benefit) (1) - (40,570) - 82,908 Pro forma net income 118,153 155,864 594,025 464,748 Real estate related depreciation, amortization and accretion 154,329 124,977 562,298 481,926 Funds From Operations 272,482 280,841 1,156,323 946,674 Straight-line revenue (47,260) (50,994) (165,806) (143,994) Straight-line expense 7,553 7,827 33,700 30,952 Stock-based compensation expense 12,329 11,252 51,983 47,437 Non-cash portion of tax provision 2,375 (1,432) 38,027 (11,737) Non-real estate related depreciation, amortization and accretion 24,159 18,638 81,978 73,591 Amortization of deferred financing costs, capitalized interest and debt discounts and premiums (2) 14,492 2,742 21,008 11,021 Other expense (3) 18,832 7,265 38,300 122,975 Loss on retirement of long-term obligations - - 398 - Other operating expense (4) 27,035 22,333 62,185 58,103 Capital improvement capital expenditures (36,477) (16,714) (99,981) (60,829) Corporate capital expenditures (5,853) (5,184) (20,047) (18,687) Adjusted Funds From Operations $289,667 $276,574 $1,198,068 $1,055,505 Divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding 399,625 397,724 399,287 400,195 Adjusted Funds From Operations per Share $0.72 $0.70 $3.00 $2.64 ___ (1) Adjustment for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 assumes the REIT election occurred effective as of January 1, 2011, and that as a result, income taxes would no longer be payable on certain of the Company's activities. As a result, on a pro forma basis, income tax expense is lower by the amount of the adjustment. For more information, see Note (B) to Unaudited Pro Forma Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company's Definitive Proxy Statement, filed with the SEC on October 11, 2011. The pro forma adjustment set forth in this footnote has been made solely for the purpose of this pro forma information. This information is not necessarily indicative of the financial position or operating results that would have been achieved had the REIT election been effective as of January 1, 2011, nor is it necessarily indicative of future financial position or operating results. It also does not reflect one-time transaction costs related to the REIT election and the potential immaterial effect of lower cash balances these transactions have on interest income, higher borrowing costs or foregone investment opportunities. (2) Reflects accrued non-cash interest expense attributable to joint-venture loans. (3) Primarily includes unrealized (gain) loss on foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. (4) Primarily includes impairments and transaction related costs. American Tower CorporationLeah Stearns, 617-375-7500Vice President, Investor Relations & Capital Markets