Head-to-Head Comparison: American Tower (NYSE:AMT) vs. Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC)

American Tower (NYSE: AMTGet a rating) and Howard Hughes (NYSE: HHCGet a rating) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk, and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for American Tower and Howard Hughes, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
American Tower 0 4 11 0 2.73
Howard Hughes 0 0 3 0 3.00

American Tower currently has a consensus target price of $291.56, suggesting a potential upside of 13.30%. Howard Hughes has a consensus target price of $105.00, suggesting a potential upside of 50.39%. Given Howard Hughes’ stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly think Howard Hughes is more favorable than American Tower.

Risk and Volatility

American Tower has a beta of 0.46, indicating its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Howard Hughes has a beta of 1.43, indicating its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of American Tower and Howard Hughes.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
American Tower 26.72% 30.44% 4.07%
Howard Hughes 8.62% 3.42% 1.32%

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of American Tower and Howard Hughes.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
American Tower $9.36 billion 12.78 $2.57 billion $5.78 44.52
Howard Hughes $1.43 billion 2.51 $56.10 million $2.29 30.49

American Tower has higher revenues and profits than Howard Hughes. Howard Hughes trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Tower, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.0% of American Tower’s shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 99.2% of Howard Hughes shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Tower shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 26.9% of Howard Hughes shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


American Tower beats Howard Hughes on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About the American Tower

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American Tower Corporation, one of the world’s largest REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multi-tenant communications real estate with a portfolio of approximately 219,000 communications sites. For more information about American Tower, please visit the Earnings and Investor Presentations sections of our Investor Relations website at www.americantower.com.

About Howard Hughes

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The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops operating commercial, residential and hotel properties in the United States. It operates through four segments: Operating Assets; Principal Planned Communities (MPC); Seaport district; and strategic developments. As of December 31, 2020, the operating assets segment held 15 retail businesses, 33 offices, 12 multi-family properties, 3 hotels and 13 other operating and investment assets primarily located in The Woodlands, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; Columbia, Maryland; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Honolulu, Hawaii. The MPC segment develops and sells detached and attached single-family homes, and ranges from entry-level homes to luxury homes to residential builders and developers; and sells or leases land for commercial development, including land parcels for retail, office, hospitality and residential projects. The Seaport District segment is involved in owner operations, managed businesses, events and sponsorships. The Strategic Development segment invests in residential condominium and commercial property projects. This segment includes 18 development or redevelopment projects. The Howard Hughes Corporation was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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