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What Are the Valuation Metrics for AT&T?

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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

Valuation metrics for AT&T

Previously in this series, we looked at some of the key updates for AT&T (T). Now we’ll look at AT&T’s value proposition among select global telecom giants.

On October 27, 2016, AT&T had a market capitalization of $223.1 billion, as you can see in the graph below. Verizon Communications (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had a market capitalization of $197 billion and $40.8 billion, respectively.

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AT&T’s earnings multiples

Let’s look at AT&T’s (T) valuation multiple compared to other global telecom players. AT&T was trading at a current year’s PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of ~12.8x on October 27, 2016. This figure is higher than Verizon Communications’ (VZ) comparable PE multiple of ~12.4x.

In the US telecom space, T-Mobile (TMUS) had a PE multiple of ~33.5x as of October 27, 2016.

Enterprise value multiples for AT&T and some global peers

Now let’s move on to AT&T’s EV (enterprise value) multiples. The carrier’s current year’s EV-to-EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple was ~7x on October 27, 2016, which was higher than Sprint’s (S) multiple of ~5.6x.

Remember, instead of investing directly in AT&T stock, you can consider diversified exposure to the company by investing in ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). AT&T makes up 1.2% of SPY.

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