Crown Castle International Corporation (NYSE: CCI) and Towerstream Corporation (OTCMKTS:TWER) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crown Castle International Corporation and Towerstream Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Castle International Corporation $3.92 billion 11.62 $356.97 million $1.20 93.43
Towerstream Corporation $26.90 million 0.07 -$20.43 million N/A N/A

Crown Castle International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Towerstream Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Crown Castle International Corporation and Towerstream Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Castle International Corporation 0 7 8 0 2.53
Towerstream Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crown Castle International Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $109.41, suggesting a potential downside of 2.41%. Given Crown Castle International Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Crown Castle International Corporation is more favorable than Towerstream Corporation.

Dividends

Crown Castle International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Towerstream Corporation does not pay a dividend. Crown Castle International Corporation pays out 316.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Crown Castle International Corporation has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Crown Castle International Corporation has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its share price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Towerstream Corporation has a beta of 0.15, suggesting that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.0% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Towerstream Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Crown Castle International Corporation and Towerstream Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crown Castle International Corporation 11.35% 5.93% 2.05%
Towerstream Corporation -53.20% N/A -51.49%

Summary

Crown Castle International Corporation beats Towerstream Corporation on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crown Castle International Corporation Company Profile

Castle International Corp. (CCIC) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company owns, operates and leases shared wireless infrastructure, including towers and other structures, such as rooftops (towers), and to a lesser extent, distributed antenna systems (DAS), a type of small cell network (small cells), and interests in land under third party towers in various forms (third party land interests). Its core business is renting space or physical capacity (collectively, space) on its towers, DAS and, to a lesser extent, third party land interests (collectively, site rental business) through long-term contracts in various forms, including license, sublease and lease agreements (collectively, contracts). The Company owned, leased or managed approximately 39,600 towers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,700 towers in Australia.

Towerstream Corporation Company Profile

Towerstream Corporation is a provider of fixed wireless services to businesses in over 10 urban markets across the United States. The Company operates through Fixed Wireless Services (Fixed Wireless) segment. Its fixed wireless service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data and video services. Towerstream installs equipment on the rooftops of the buildings in which the Fixed Wireless segment customers operate and refer to these as Customer Locations. This equipment includes receivers and antennas, and a wireless connection is established between the Customer Location to one or more of its points of presence (PoPs). It provides fixed wireless broadband services to commercial customers and delivers access over a Wireless network transmitting over both regulated and unregulated radio spectrum. It provides services to business customers in various locations, including New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston.

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