Crown Castle International Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results; And Announces Plan To Initiate Dividend

HOUSTON, Oct. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

"We are thrilled with the announcement of the AT&T tower transaction and the continued performance of our core business, which delivered 38% growth in AFFO per share in the third quarter 2013 compared to the same quarter last year," stated Ben Moreland, Crown Castle's President and Chief Executive Officer. "During the third quarter, we saw a significant increase in new leasing activity as the carriers focused on improving network quality. Based on this activity and our expectations for next year, our 2014 Outlook assumes 25% to 30% more revenue from new leases in 2014 compared to 2013, before additional leasing activity we expect on the AT&T towers."

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2013 increased 21% to $749 million from $621 million for the same period in 2012. Site rental revenue for the third quarter of 2013 increased $82 million, or 15%, to $621 million from $539 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 $35 million, or 9%, to $439 million in the third quarter of 2013 from $403 million in the same period in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 increased $40 million , or 10%, to $441 million from $400 million in the same period in 2012.

Funds from Operations ("FFO") increased 23% to $272 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $221 million in the third quarter of 2012. FFO per share increased 22% to $0.93 in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $0.76 in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted Funds from Operations ("AFFO") increased 38% to $318 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $230 million in the third quarter of 2012. AFFO per share increased 38% to $1.09 in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $0.79 in the third quarter of 2012.

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