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With EPS Growth And More, Crown Castle International (REIT) (NYSE:CCI) Is Interesting

Simply Wall St
·3 min read

Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story stocks' without revenue, let alone profit. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Crown Castle International (REIT) (NYSE:CCI). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

See our latest analysis for Crown Castle International (REIT)

How Fast Is Crown Castle International (REIT) Growing?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Over the last three years, Crown Castle International (REIT) has grown EPS by 12% per year. That's a pretty good rate, if the company can sustain it.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). I note that Crown Castle International (REIT)'s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. Crown Castle International (REIT) maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 3.1% to US$5.8b. That's progress.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

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You don't drive with your eyes on the rear-view mirror, so you might be more interested in this free report showing analyst forecasts for Crown Castle International (REIT)'s future profits.

Are Crown Castle International (REIT) Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Since Crown Castle International (REIT) has a market capitalization of US$69b, we wouldn't expect insiders to hold a large percentage of shares. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth US$315m. I would find that kind of skin in the game quite encouraging, if I owned shares, since it would ensure that the leaders of the company would also experience my success, or failure, with the stock.

Is Crown Castle International (REIT) Worth Keeping An Eye On?

One positive for Crown Castle International (REIT) is that it is growing EPS. That's nice to see. If that's not enough on its own, there is also the rather notable levels of insider ownership. The combination sparks joy for me, so I'd consider keeping the company on a watchlist. Before you take the next step you should know about the 3 warning signs for Crown Castle International (REIT) (1 is potentially serious!) that we have uncovered.

You can invest in any company you want. But if you prefer to focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here is a list of companies with insider buying in the last three months.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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