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

Dividends

Crown Castle International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. 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 increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Towerstream Corporation and Crown Castle International Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

Crown Castle International Corporation has a consensus target price of $109.41, suggesting a potential downside of 0.56%. Given Crown Castle International Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Crown Castle International Corporation is more favorable than Towerstream Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Towerstream Corporation $26.90 million 0.07 -$20.43 million N/A N/A
Crown Castle International Corporation $3.92 billion 11.40 $356.97 million $1.20 91.68

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.8% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Towerstream Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

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

Summary

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

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.

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.

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