Contrasting Crown Castle International (CCI) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) and Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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93.6% of Crown Castle International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Crown Castle International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Jones Lang LaSalle shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Crown Castle International and Jones Lang LaSalle, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Castle International 0 6 9 0 2.60
Jones Lang LaSalle 0 4 4 0 2.50

Crown Castle International currently has a consensus target price of $112.73, indicating a potential upside of 3.47%. Jones Lang LaSalle has a consensus target price of $152.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.06%. Given Crown Castle International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Crown Castle International is more favorable than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Risk & Volatility

Crown Castle International has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jones Lang LaSalle has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crown Castle International and Jones Lang LaSalle’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Castle International $4.36 billion 10.18 $444.55 million $1.02 106.81
Jones Lang LaSalle $7.93 billion 0.99 $254.20 million $5.55 31.14

Crown Castle International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones Lang LaSalle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crown Castle International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Crown Castle International and Jones Lang LaSalle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crown Castle International 10.21% 4.95% 1.77%
Jones Lang LaSalle 3.20% 13.55% 5.46%

Dividends

Crown Castle International pays an annual dividend of $4.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Jones Lang LaSalle pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Crown Castle International pays out 411.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Jones Lang LaSalle pays out 13.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Crown Castle International has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Jones Lang LaSalle has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Crown Castle International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Crown Castle International beats Jones Lang LaSalle on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crown Castle International 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.

Jones Lang LaSalle Company Profile

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) is a financial and professional services company specializing in real estate. The Company operates through four business segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and LaSalle. It offers integrated services on a local, regional and global basis to owner, occupier, investor and developer clients. It delivers various real estate services (RES) across three geographic business segments: the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Its RES is organized into five product categories: leasing; capital markets and hotels; property and facility management; project and development services, and advisory, consulting and other services. LaSalle offers clients with real estate investment products and services, such as private investments in multiple real estate property types, including office, industrial, healthcare and multifamily residential. LaSalle enables clients to invest in separate accounts focused on public real estate equities.

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