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Crown Castle: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

HOUSTON (AP) _ Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The Houston-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $606 million, or $1.45 per share, in the period.

The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.43 per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $182 million, or 44 cents per share.

The operator of wireless communications towers, based in Houston, posted revenue of $1.43 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.39 billion.

The company's shares have increased 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen 16 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $124.20, an increase of 17 percent in the last 12 months.

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