January 18, 2022

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Should You Be Adding Crown Castle International (NYSE:CCI) To Your Watchlist Today?

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. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?’ Leuz et. al. found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.

In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Crown Castle International (NYSE:CCI). Now, I’m not saying that the stock is necessarily undervalued today; but I can’t shake an appreciation for the profitability of the business itself. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

See our latest analysis for Crown Castle International

How Fast Is Crown Castle International Growing?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Crown Castle International has grown EPS by 41% per year, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a crow with a sparkly stone.

One way to double-check a company’s growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. I note that Crown Castle International’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 shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 28% to 31%, and revenue is growing. That’s great to see, on both counts.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

NYSE:CCI Earnings and Revenue History November 26th 2021

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’s future profits.

Are Crown Castle International Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$81b company like Crown Castle International. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$409m. 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.

Should You Add Crown Castle International To Your Watchlist?

Crown Castle International’s earnings per share growth have been levitating higher, like a mountain goat scaling the Alps. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So to my mind Crown Castle International is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. What about risks? Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Crown Castle International (of which 1 is concerning!) you should know about.

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.

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