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Crown Castle Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

HOUSTON, Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) ("Crown Castle") announced today that it has priced its previously announced public offering of 11,350,000 shares of its common stock.

The gross proceeds from the offering are expected to be approximately $1.0 billion. Crown Castle intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include the funding of acquisitions, including the recently announced acquisition of FPL FiberNet Holdings, LLC and certain other subsidiaries of NextEra Energy, Inc. (“FiberNet Transaction”), discretionary investments and the repayment or repurchase of outstanding indebtedness. This offering is not contingent upon the consummation of the FiberNet Transaction.

J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are acting as underwriters for the offering (“Underwriters”). The Underwriters may offer the shares of common stock from time to time in one or more transactions on the New York Stock Exchange, in the over-the-counter market, through negotiated transactions or otherwise at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices.  The last reported sale price of Crown Castle’s common stock on November 1, 2016 was $89.94 per share.

The offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus, copies of which may be obtained by contacting the Underwriters using the information provided below.  An electronic copy of the prospectus supplement, together with the accompanying prospectus, is also available on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

CAUTIONARY LANGUAGE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on Crown Castle management's current expectations.  Such statements include plans, projections and estimates regarding the proposed offering, including the net proceeds therefrom and the use of such proceeds.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including prevailing market conditions and other factors.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected.  More information about potential risk factors that could affect Crown Castle and its results is included in Crown Castle's filings with the SEC.  The term "including," and any variation thereof, means "including, without limitation."

ABOUT CROWN CASTLE
Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running.  With approximately 40,000 towers and 17,000 miles of fiber supporting small cells, Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure with a significant presence in the top 100 US markets.

UNDERWRITER CONTACT INFORMATION

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Attention: Prospectus Department
(866) 803-9204
        Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Attention: Prospectus Department
(800) 831-9146
           
 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014
Attn: Prospectus Department 
         
           
Contacts: Dan Schlanger, CFO
Son Nguyen, VP & Treasurer
Crown Castle International Corp.
713-570-3050
         


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