SBA stock: buy or sell?

SBAC stock price: $260.53 0.04% At close on August 22nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 22nd, 2019


After climbing to all-time highs several times in past weeks, SBA Communications stayed steady 0.04% to $260.53.

SBA Communications Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust. The company operates through two segments, Site Leasing and Site Development.

Should I buy SBA stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups match with SBA stock right now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is SBA Communications stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 15 ratings published for SBAC stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for SBAC stock, with 9 positive ratings.
Is SBAC a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-8-14Bank of AmericaNeutralNeutral
2019-8-1JPMorgan Chase & Co.OverweightNeutral
2019-7-8Moffett NathansonBuyNeutral
2019-7-30SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-7-15Bank of AmericaBuyNeutral
2019-6-7UBS GroupBuyNeutral
2019-5-20Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-5-1Raymond JamesOutperformMarket Perform

SBA stock analysis

Daily outlook

After climbing to all-time highs several times in past weeks, SBA Communications stayed constant 0.04% to $260.53.

After several days of continuous hikes in past weeks, SBA Communications stayed stable 0.04% to $260.53. From a daily perspective, SBAC is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($241.01, on Aug/5) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($263.04, on Monday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top SBAC might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $263.04 or down under $241.01. On Monday, SBAC hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $261.73 recorded on Friday. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

SBAC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of SBA ended this week at $260.53 after topping to a new all time high ($263.04) and remained steady a tight 0.09%. This week was the 5th green week in a row.

If you observe the weekly chart, price finally broke over the resistance at $236.90 and continued climbing. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up late December 2018, SBAC price climbed $98.04 per share (60.34%). Since late October 2018 when SBAC stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $109.32 (72.30%).

SBAC stock chart (weekly)

SBA stock price history

SBA stock went public on June 16th, 1999 with a price of $9.061. Since then, SBAC stock surged a 2,775.60%, with an average of 138.80% per year. If you had invested right after SBAC's IPO a $1,000 in SBA stock in 1999, it would worth $27,756.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

SBA stock historical price chart

SBAC stock reached all-time highs on Monday with a price of $263.04.

SBA stock price target is $249.10

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We detected 12 price targets for SBAC stock posted in the last month:
SBAC stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-14Bank of AmericaReiterates$245.00$260.006.1%
2019-8-1JPMorgan Chase & Co.Downgrades$220.00$270.0022.7%
2019-7-30SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$255.00-
2019-7-30KeyCorpRaises Target$252.00$259.002.8%
2019-6-7UBS GroupDowngrades$209.00$240.0014.8%
2019-5-20Morgan StanleyRaises Target$204.00$222.008.8%
2019-4-30KeyCorpRaises Target$195.00$215.0010.3%
(in average)$222.60$249.1012.0%
The price prediction for SBA Communications stock is $249.10, moving in a range between $292.00 and $215.00. In average, analysts' outlook on SBAC price target is positive, increasing the target by a 12.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

SBA Communications reported fine results for 2018-Q4 on February. SBA Communications grew Earnings per Share (EPS) by 9.30%, beating analysts estimates of $1.83. SBA Communications posted $2.00.
SBAC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, SBA annual sales escalated a very good 7.99% to $1,865.69 million USD from $1,727.67 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) slightly fell a -3.46% to 2.54%.

SBAC annual Sales and Income evolution
2014$1,527 M-$-24.30 M-1.6%-
2015$1,638 M7.30%$-175.66 M-10.7%623.01%
2016$1,633 M-0.33%$76 M4.7%-143.40%
2017$1,728 M5.79%$104 M6.0%35.96%
2018$1,866 M7.99%$47 M2.5%-54.22%

Quarterly financial results

SBA posted $483.85 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 3.56% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $57.15 million with a profit margin of 11.81%. Profit margin jumped a 8.36% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 3.46%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, SBA Communications sales marked an impressive increase and rose a 9.20%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, SBA posted 2 positive quarters in a row.
SBAC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$427,294 M-$9,234 M2.2%-
2017-Q3$434 M-99.90%$49 M11.3%-99.47%
2017-Q4$443 M2.10%$8 M1.7%-84.42%
2018-Q1$458 M3.44%$32 M6.9%311.81%
2018-Q2$456 M-0.43%$-57 M-12.6%-281.93%
2018-Q3$467 M2.39%$16 M3.5%-128.13%
2018-Q4$484 M3.56%$57 M11.8%254.02%
2019-Q1$493 M1.95%$26 M5.3%-54.53%

SBA ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a stock, it's worth to have a look its ownership structure.

SBA shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 1.31% of all shares.

Bearish positions for SBAC stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$29.5 B$100.7 B$60.8 B$2.6 B$1.9 B
Total shares113.3 M442.7 M415.7 M106.6 M53.4 M
Float shares112.1 M441.1 M413.7 M100.2 M15.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)96.2%95.7%94.5%90.3%27.5%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.3%0.2%0.4%0.8%0.5%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

SBA summary

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Day range$257.50 - $261.15
Previous close$260.42
Session gain0.04%
Average true range$4.77
50d mov avg$239.40
100d mov avg$223.26
200d mov avg$199.83
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lb01c

SBA performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. In the following table, we compare SBA Communications performance to American Tower, Crown Castle International, Telephone and Data Systems and United States Cellular:
SBACSBA Communication...24.81%42.72%66.97%
AMTAmerican Tower12.49%29.88%56.65%
CCICrown Castle Inte...15.28%24.06%34.83%
TDSTelephone and Dat...-19.03%-23.45%-17.19%
USMUnited States Cel...-23.08%-27.70%-18.82%

SBA competitors

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