Towerstream (TWER) versus Crown Castle International (NYSE:CCI) Head to Head Analysis

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


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

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Castle International $3.92 billion 10.87 $356.97 million $1.20 87.43
Towerstream $26.90 million 0.05 -$20.43 million ($83.18) -0.04

Crown Castle International has higher revenue and earnings than Towerstream. Towerstream is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crown Castle International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Crown Castle International has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Towerstream has a beta of 0.12, indicating that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Castle International 0 6 8 0 2.57
Towerstream 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crown Castle International currently has a consensus price target of $111.45, suggesting a potential upside of 6.23%. Given Crown Castle International’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Crown Castle International is more favorable than Towerstream.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.8% of Crown Castle International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Crown Castle International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Towerstream shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Crown Castle International pays an annual dividend of $4.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Towerstream does not pay a dividend. Crown Castle International pays out 350.0% 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 has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.


Crown Castle International beats Towerstream on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crown Castle International

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.

About Towerstream

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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