CCI Posts First COVID-Era Earnings for 2020

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Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) yesterday reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, and maintained its full year 2020 Outlook.

Capital expenditures during the quarter were $447 million, comprised of $13 million of discretionary land purchases, $21 million of sustaining capital expenditures and $413 million of discretionary capital expenditures. The discretionary capital expenditures included approximately $319 million attributable to Fiber and approximately $87 million attributable to Towers.

“In the first quarter, we delivered strong results that were in line with our expectations, positioning us to generate attractive growth in cash flows and dividends per share for full year 2020,” stated Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown. “Our business continues to perform well during this period of unprecedented uncertainty with COVID-19, and we are focused on taking the appropriate steps to deliver on our long-term annual dividend per share growth target of seven percent to eight percent. To this end, we have prioritized the health and safety of our workforce, while continuing to deliver critical infrastructure for our customers and the communities in which we operate. I’d like to thank our team for quickly adjusting to a new operating environment and prioritizing the needs of our customers. Although COVID-19 has the potential to create challenges in the near term, we remain confident our long-term contracted revenues will allow us to deliver value to shareholders through a high quality and growing dividend.”

Site rental revenues grew approximately 5.5 percent, or $68 million, from first quarter 2019 to first quarter 2020, inclusive of approximately $71 million in Organic Contribution to Site Rental Revenues and a $3 million decrease in straight-lined revenues. The $71 million in Organic Contribution to Site Rental Revenues represents approximately 5.8 percent growth, comprised of approximately 9.9% growth from new leasing activity and contracted tenant escalations, net of approximately 4.1% from tenant non-renewals.

“We believe our ability to offer towers, small cells and fiber solutions, which are all integral components of communications networks and are shared among multiple tenants, provides us the best opportunity to generate significant growth while delivering high returns for our shareholders. We believe that the U.S. represents the best market in the world for communications infrastructure ownership, and we are pursuing that compelling opportunity with our comprehensive offering. As we look forward to what will likely be another decade-long investment cycle for our customers with the deployment of 5G, I am excited about the opportunity we see for Crown Castle to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”

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