Crown Castle International Corporation (NYSE: CCI) and Inseego Corp. (NASDAQ:INSG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Crown Castle International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Inseego Corp. does not pay a dividend. Crown Castle International Corporation pays out 304.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Inseego Corp. has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.8% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.4% of Inseego Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Crown Castle International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Inseego Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Crown Castle International Corporation and Inseego Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Castle International Corporation 0 4 8 0 2.67
Inseego Corp. 0 1 2 0 2.67

Crown Castle International Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $104.05, suggesting a potential upside of 3.25%. Inseego Corp. has a consensus target price of $2.17, suggesting a potential upside of 98.78%. Given Inseego Corp.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Inseego Corp. is more favorable than Crown Castle International Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Crown Castle International Corporation and Inseego Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crown Castle International Corporation 11.14% 6.21% 1.95%
Inseego Corp. -32.34% -204.22% -16.53%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crown Castle International Corporation and Inseego Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Castle International Corporation $4.08 billion 9.04 $2.17 billion $1.25 80.62
Inseego Corp. $232.00 million 0.26 -$8.41 million ($1.33) -0.82

Crown Castle International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Inseego Corp.. Inseego Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crown Castle International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Crown Castle International Corporation has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inseego Corp. has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crown Castle International Corporation beats Inseego Corp. on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crown Castle International Corporation Company Profile

Castle International Corp. (CCIC) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company owns, operates and leases shared wireless infrastructure, including towers and other structures, such as rooftops (towers), and to a lesser extent, distributed antenna systems (DAS), a type of small cell network (small cells), and interests in land under third party towers in various forms (third party land interests). Its core business is renting space or physical capacity (collectively, space) on its towers, DAS and, to a lesser extent, third party land interests (collectively, site rental business) through long-term contracts in various forms, including license, sublease and lease agreements (collectively, contracts). The Company owned, leased or managed approximately 39,600 towers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,700 towers in Australia.

Inseego Corp. Company Profile

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. The Company’s range of products includes intelligent mobile hotspots, universal serial bus (USB) modems, embedded modules, integrated asset-management and mobile tracking machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, communications and applications software and cloud services. It operates in the wireless communications industry in two product categories: M2M Products and Solutions, and Mobile Computing Solutions. M2M Products and Solutions includes its M2M embedded modules, integrated M2M communications devices, Ctrack fleet management platform and its service delivery platforms, Crossroads, DMS, the N4A DM and N4A CMS that provide device management and service enablement. Mobile Computing Solutions includes its MiFi brand of intelligent mobile hotspot devices, USB modems and embedded modules that enable Internet access and data transmission and services via cellular wireless networks.

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