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Crown Castle International Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results; Raises 2013 Outlook

2012 Highlights

  • Reinforced US leadership position in shared wireless infrastructure through key acquisitions
  • Grew AFFO per share by 18% to $3.04
  • $7 billion in financing activities significantly lowering average cost of debt
  • Inclusion in S&P 500 Index

HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.   

"We delivered excellent financial results throughout 2012 and successfully enhanced Crown Castle's position as the leading provider of shared wireless infrastructure in the US by closing on approximately $4 billion in acquisitions," stated Ben Moreland, Crown Castle's President and Chief Executive Officer. "These strategic acquisitions include the acquisition of exclusive rights to approximately 7,100 T-Mobile USA towers; the acquisition of NextG Networks, the industry leader in distributed antenna systems; and the acquisition of 2,300 ground lease related assets from Wireless Capital Partners. We expect these acquisitions to further strengthen our premier portfolio in the US, positioning us for long-term growth in the largest, fastest growing and most profitable wireless market in the world. I believe the growth we are currently experiencing is an early indicator of the important and increasing role Crown Castle's assets and capabilities will play in enabling wireless carriers to meet the mobile broadband demand of consumers." 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 30% to $674 million from $519 million for the same period in 2011. Site rental revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased $99 million, or 21%, to $570 million from $471 million for the same period in the prior year. Site rental gross margin, defined as site rental revenue less site rental cost of operations, increased $70 million, or 20%, to $421 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $351 million in the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased $79 million , or 23%, to $414 million from $335 million in the same period in 2011. 

Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO") increased 26% to $243 million in fourth quarter 2012 compared to $193 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. AFFO per share increased 22% to $0.83 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.68 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Funds from Operations ("FFO") decreased 52% to $88 million, inclusive of a $117 million loss on retirement of debt in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $182 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. FFO per share decreased 53% to $0.30 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.64 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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