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KeyBanc cuts SBA Communications stock target, keeps overweight

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 04/30/2024, 08:45 AM

On Tuesday, KeyBanc Capital Markets adjusted its financial outlook for SBA Communications (NASDAQ:SBAC), a leading wireless communications infrastructure company. The firm's analyst reduced the price target on the company's stock to $227 from the previous target of $276. Despite this change, the firm continues to hold an Overweight rating on the stock.

The analyst at KeyBanc cited several reasons for the adjustment, noting that while the company's consolidated organic growth was as expected, its Domestic organic growth underperformed. Additionally, SBA Communications reported weaker than anticipated results in terms of Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO per share.

KeyBanc's revised price target stems from applying a lower multiple to the company's earnings. The firm believes that SBA Communications remains attractively valued when compared to its historical averages. The analyst also pointed out potential positives for the company, including the possibility of increased leasing activity as the market cycle reaches its lowest point and the potential for AFFO (Adjusted Funds From Operations) to benefit from moderating interest rates.

However, the analyst acknowledged certain challenges facing SBA Communications. It is anticipated that domestic leasing levels will remain static through 2025. Moreover, if interest rates remain high, the company could face headwinds related to refinancing in 2025 and 2026. These factors are expected to contribute to minimal or no growth in AFFO per share over the intermediate term.

InvestingPro Insights

For investors looking to delve deeper into SBA Communications' (NASDAQ:SBAC) financials, real-time data from InvestingPro offers a clearer picture of the company's valuation and performance. With a market capitalization of $21.81 billion and a P/E ratio standing at 43.25, the company trades at a significant earnings multiple. This is further nuanced by a P/E ratio adjusted for the last twelve months as of Q1 2024, which is lower at 30.51, indicating a potential reassessment of earnings expectations by the market.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that SBA Communications has a history of rewarding its shareholders, having raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years, a testament to its financial health and commitment to returning value. Moreover, the company's role as a prominent player in the Specialized REITs industry cannot be overlooked. On the flip side, a note of caution is warranted as the company is trading at a high P/E ratio relative to its near-term earnings growth, with a PEG ratio of 0.81 for the last twelve months as of Q1 2024, suggesting that its stock price might be outpacing earnings growth.

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