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SBA Communications: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ SBA Communications Corp. (SBAC) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results topped Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Boca Raton, Florida, said it had funds from operations of $229.9 million, or $2 per share, in the period.

The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.92 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 $57.2 million, or 50 cents per share.

The communications tower operator, based in Boca Raton, Florida, posted revenue of $483.8 million in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $472.3 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $880.1 million. Revenue was reported as $1.87 billion.

SBA Communications expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $7.95 to $8.44 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.93 billion to $1.97 billion.

The company's shares have climbed 13 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $182.64, an increase of roughly 8 percent in the last 12 months.

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