Stock Analysis Report

Crown Castle International (REIT)

Executive Summary

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and more than 75,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S.

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record second-rate dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Crown Castle International (REIT)'s share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CCI has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return






US Market

1 Year Return






US Market

Return vs Industry: CCI exceeded the US REITs industry which returned 16% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CCI exceeded the US Market which returned 18% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.3%-0.07%-1.0%
30 Day12.2%3.3%0.6%
90 Day27.0%8.1%7.9%
1 Year45.1%40.2%20.7%16.0%20.4%18.0%
3 Year103.0%81.5%37.9%20.6%48.0%38.5%
5 Year136.2%94.7%60.3%27.3%72.2%53.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Crown Castle International (REIT)'s share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Crown Castle International (REIT) undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CCI ($168.06) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($191.97)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CCI is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CCI is poor value based on its PE Ratio (84.2x) compared to the REITs industry average (37.2x).

PE vs Market: CCI is poor value based on its PE Ratio (84.2x) compared to the US market (18.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CCI is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (8.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CCI is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (6.2x) compared to the US REITs industry average (2.1x).

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Future Growth

How is Crown Castle International (REIT) forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 15 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CCI's forecast earnings growth (10.2% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: CCI's earnings (10.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CCI's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: CCI's revenue (4.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CCI's revenue (4.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CCI's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (11%).

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Past Performance

How has Crown Castle International (REIT) performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CCI has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CCI's current net profit margins (14.2%) are higher than last year (8.5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CCI's earnings have grown by 16.5% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CCI's earnings growth over the past year (86.7%) exceeds its 5-year average (16.5% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: CCI earnings growth over the past year (86.7%) exceeded the REITs industry 9.3%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: CCI's Return on Equity (8.3%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Crown Castle International (REIT)'s financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: CCI has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: CCI's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.1x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: CCI's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if CCI has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: CCI reports no customer deposits, loans are made up entirely of externally borrowed funds.

Loan Level: Insufficient data to determine if CCI has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: CCI has advanced significantly more loans than the customer deposits it holds.

Level of Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if CCI has an appropriate level of bad loans.

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What is Crown Castle International (REIT)'s current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: CCI's dividend (2.86%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.45%).

High Dividend: CCI's dividend (2.86%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, CCI has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CCI's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 6 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (76.2%), CCI's payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CCI's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be thoroughly covered by earnings (0.2% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Jay Brown (46yo)





Mr. Jay A. Brown is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at CC Holdings GS V LLC and served as its Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Brown has been the Chief Exec ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Jay's total compensation ($USD9.03M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.79M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Jay's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Jay Brown
President3.7yrsUS$9.03m0.049% $34.0m
Daniel Schlanger
CFO, Senior VP & Treasurer3.7yrsUS$3.36m0.0092% $6.4m
Kenneth Simon
Senior VP & General Counsel4.1yrsUS$3.41m0.0085% $5.9m
James Young
Senior VP & COO of Fiber11yrsUS$4.34m0.042% $29.7m
Robert Ackerman
Senior VP and COO of Towers & Small Cells2.4yrsUS$3.18m0.0021% $1.4m
Robert Collins
Principal Accounting Officer3.1yrsno data0.00040% $279.5k
Benjamin Lowe
Vice President of Corporate Finance2.3yrsno datano data
Fiona McKone
Vice President of Communications & Marketing0yrsno datano data
Philip Kelley
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy11.4yrsUS$2.89m0.028% $19.4m
Laura Nichol
Senior Vice President of Business Support5.8yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CCI's management team is considered experienced (3.7 years average tenure).

Board Members

Jay Brown
President3.7yrsUS$9.03m0.049% $34.0m
Robert Garrison
Independent Director14.8yrsUS$254.35k0.0064% $4.5m
Edward Hutcheson
Independent Director20.6yrsUS$249.35k0.015% $10.3m
W. Moreland
Director13.5yrsUS$252.34k0.17% $115.4m
J. Martin
Chairman of the Board17.8yrsUS$329.91k0.039% $27.5m
Robert McKenzie
Independent Director25.1yrsUS$254.35k0.0077% $5.4m
Lee Hogan
Independent Director18.9yrsUS$234.95k0.012% $8.6m
Ari Fitzgerald
Independent Director17.5yrsUS$239.95kno data
Cindy Christy
Independent Director12.5yrsUS$244.95k0.0065% $4.5m
P. Bartolo
Independent Director6yrsUS$272.34k0.0069% $4.8m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CCI's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 16.1 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT)'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT)
  • Ticker: CCI
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1994
  • Industry: Specialized REITs
  • Sector: Real Estate
  • Market Cap: US$69.874b
  • Shares outstanding: 415.77m
  • Website: https://www.crowncastle.com

Number of Employees


  • Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT)
  • 1220 Augusta Drive
  • Suite 600
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • 77057
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CCINYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDAug 1998
8CWDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURAug 1998
0I4WLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDAug 1998
8CWETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURAug 1998
CCINWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURAug 1998
CCI.PRANYSE (New York Stock Exchange)6.875% CON PFD AUSUSDJul 2017
C1CI34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 4 REPR 1 SHS UNSPONBRBRLJan 2020


Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and more than 75,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S. market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology and wireless service - bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/22 02:30
End of Day Share Price2020/02/21 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.