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Crown Castle International Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results; Provides 2011 Outlook

HOUSTON, Oct 27, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

"We had another excellent quarter as our results exceeded the high-end of our third quarter Outlook for site rental revenue, site rental gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and recurring cash flow, and we closed the previously announced acquisition of NewPath Networks," stated Ben Moreland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Castle. "As reflected in our 2010 and 2011 Outlook, we continue to experience solid growth in our business and remain excited about the strong fundamentals underlying our industry, driven by increasing network demand from integrated devices and the move toward fourth generation wireless data services. Further, as a core part of our strategy, we seek to invest our capital in activities we expect will maximize recurring cash flow per share. We remain disciplined as we pursue augmenting our organic growth through investments such as tower acquisitions, new site construction and share purchases."

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased 12% to $481.9 million from $429.1 million in the same period in 2009. Site rental revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased $40.6 million, or 10%, to $437.1 million from $396.5 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 $39.3 million, or 14%, to $320.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 from $281.6 million in the same period in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2010 increased $45.6 million, or 18%,to $306.1 million from $260.5 million in the same period in 2009.

Recurring cash flow, defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest expense and sustaining capital expenditures, increased 24% from $143.8 million in the third quarter of 2009 to $177.8 million for the third quarter of 2010. Weighted average common shares outstanding was 286.1 million for the third quarter of 2010, as compared to 286.7 million for the same period in the prior year. Recurring cash flow per share, defined as recurring cash flow divided by weighted average common shares outstanding, was $0.62 in the third quarter of 2010, up 24% compared to $0.50 in the third quarter of 2009.

Net loss attributable to CCIC stockholders was $135.0 million for the third quarter of 2010, inclusive of $104.4 million of net losses from interest rate swaps and $71.9 million of net losses from repayments, purchases and early retirement of debt, compared to a net loss of $31.6 million for the same period in 2009, inclusive of $58.3 million of net losses from interest rate swaps. Net loss attributable to CCIC common stockholders after deduction of dividends on preferred stock was $140.2 million in the third quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $36.8 million for the same period in 2009. Third quarter 2010 net loss attributable to CCIC common stockholders after deduction of dividends on preferred stock per common share was $0.49, compared to $0.13 in the third quarter of 2009.

FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES

On August 15, 2010, Crown Castle issued, at par, $1.55 billion of Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes. These notes were issued at a weighted average interest rate of 4.48%. The proceeds of these notes were used to repay in full the remaining $1.33 billion outstanding of Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Series 2006-1.

"I am very pleased with the successful refinancing we accomplished in August and our third quarter results," stated Jay Brown, Chief Financial Officer of Crown Castle. "Our significant outperformance in the third quarter was aided by a modification to a customer's lease agreement, which resulted in an increase in its rent in exchange for rights to additional antenna space relating to amendment activity on towers it currently leases. As such, we achieved a meaningful step-up in recurring site rental revenue commencing in the third quarter. As I look forward, I am excited about the strength of our balance sheet and the significant amount of cash that we expect to produce and deploy in activities, such as share purchases, tower acquisitions and land purchases, that we believe will increase long-term recurring cash flow per share."

During the third quarter of 2010, Crown Castle invested $56.5 million in capital expenditures, comprised of $26.1 million of land purchases, $5.1 million of sustaining capital expenditures and $25.2 million of revenue generating capital expenditures, the latter consisting of $22.1 million on existing sites and $3.1 million on the construction of new sites. Additionally, during the third quarter we closed the previously announced acquisition of NewPath Networks for $128 million, inclusive of construction-in-progress.

After the third quarter of 2010, Crown Castle spent $5.8 million to purchase its common shares at an average price of $42.42 per share. Common shares outstanding at September 30, 2010 were 286.4 million. Since January 2003, Crown Castle has spent $2.4 billion to purchase approximately 92.5 million of its common shares and potential shares, at an average price of $25.62 per share.

Further, during and after the third quarter, Crown Castle used $52 million of cash to settle approximately $302.5 million of the total notional $1.55 billion interest rate swap ("February 2011 Swap") due to be settled in February 2011.

As of September 30, 2010, pro forma for the purchase of its common shares and partial settlement of the February 2011 Swap, Crown Castle has approximately $279.1 million in cash and cash equivalents (excluding restricted cash) and $400 million of availability under its revolving credit facility. A summary of our debt outstanding as of September 30, 2010 is set forth below under "Other Calculations."

In addition to the tables and information contained in this press release, Crown Castle will post supplemental information on its website at http://investor.crowncastle.com that will be discussed during its conference call tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 28, 2010.

OUTLOOK

This Outlook section contains forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially. Information regarding potential risks which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements herein is set forth below and in Crown Castle's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

The following Outlook table is based on current expectations and assumptions and assumes a US dollar to Australian dollar exchange rate of 0.95 US dollars and 0.90 US dollars to 1.00 Australian dollar for fourth quarter 2010 and full year 2011 Outlook, respectively.

As reflected in the following table, Crown Castle has increased the midpoint of its full year 2010 Outlook, previously issued on July 28, 2010, for site rental revenue by $26.5 million, site rental gross margin by $25.5 million, Adjusted EBITDA by $30.0 million and recurring cash flow by $25.0 million.

The following table sets forth Crown Castle's current Outlook for the fourth quarter of 2010, full year 2010 and full year 2011:


(in millions,
   except per                            Fourth Quarter
   share amounts)                              2010           Full Year 2010         Full Year 2011
                                        -----------------  ---------------------  -------------------
  Site rental revenue                      $442 to $447       $1,696 to $1,701     $1,815 to $1,835
  Site rental cost of operations           $118 to $123         $463 to $468         $470 to $490
  Site rental gross margin                 $322 to $327       $1,230 to $1,235     $1,335 to $1,355
  Adjusted EBITDA                          $302 to $307       $1,163 to $1,168     $1,248 to $1,268
  Interest expense and amortization of
   deferred financing costs(a)             $124 to $128         $488 to $492         $499 to $509
  Sustaining capital expenditures            $6 to $8           $21 to $23             $20 to $25
  Recurring cash flow                      $169 to $174         $651 to $656         $721 to $741
  Net income (loss) after deduction of
   dividends on preferred stock(b)          $6 to $31         $(366) to $(333)        $63 to $151
  Net income (loss) per share(c)         $0.02 to $0.11     $(1.28) to $(1.16)       $0.22 to $0.53

  (a)     Inclusive of $25 million, $86 million and $103 million, respectively, of non-cash expense,
   including approximately $18 million, $54 million and $72 million, respectively, related to the
   amortization of interest rate swaps.
  (b)     Full year 2010 guidance reflects the amount recognized for interest rate swaps through
   September 30, 2010 only and reflects no future changes in fair value, and full year 2011 guidance
   reflects no amounts for future changes in fair value from interest rate swaps.
  (c)     Represents net income (loss) per common share, based on 286.4 million common shares
   outstanding as of September 30, 2010.


CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Crown Castle has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. eastern time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 480-629-9678 and asking for the Crown Castle call at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call may also be accessed live over the Internet by logging onto the web at http://investor.crowncastle.com. Any supplemental materials for the call will be posted at the Crown Castle website at http://investor.crowncastle.com.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available from 12:30 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, October 28, 2010, through 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, November 4, 2010, and may be accessed by dialing 303-590-3030 using access code 4374729. An audio archive will also be available on the company's website at http://investor.crowncastle.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days.

Crown Castle owns, operates, and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications. Crown Castle offers significant wireless communications coverage to 92 of the top 100 US markets and to substantially all of the Australian population. Crown Castle owns, operates and manages over 22,000 and approximately 1,600 wireless communication sites in the US and Australia, respectively. For more information on Crown Castle, please visit www.crowncastle.com.

The Crown Castle International Corp. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3063

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Calculations

This press release includes presentations of Adjusted EBITDA and recurring cash flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

Crown Castle defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) plus restructuring charges (credits), asset write-down charges, acquisition and integration costs, depreciation, amortization and accretion, interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs, gains (losses) on purchases and redemptions of debt, net gain (loss) on interest rate swaps, impairment of available-for-sale securities, interest and other income (expense), benefit (provision) for income taxes, cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, income (loss) from discontinued operations and stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flow from operations (as determined in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP")).

Crown Castle defines recurring cash flow to be Adjusted EBITDA, less interest expense and less sustaining capital expenditures. Each of the amounts included in the calculation of recurring cash flow are computed in accordance with GAAP, with the exception of sustaining capital expenditures, which is not defined under GAAP. We define sustaining capital expenditures as capital expenditures (determined in accordance with GAAP) which do not increase the capacity or life of our revenue generating assets and include capitalized costs related to (i) maintenance activities on our towers, (ii) vehicles, (iii) information technology equipment, and (iv) office equipment. Recurring cash flow is not intended as an alternative measure of cash flow from operations or operating results (as determined in accordance with GAAP).

Adjusted EBITDA and recurring cash flow are presented as additional information because management believes these measures are useful indicators of the financial performance of our core businesses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of current financial performance used in our debt covenant calculations. Our measures of Adjusted EBITDA and recurring cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, including other companies in the tower sector. The tables set forth below reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP financial measures. The components in these tables may not sum to the total due to rounding.

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Comparable GAAP Financial Measures:

Adjusted EBITDA, recurring cash flow and recurring cash flow per share for the quarters ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 are computed as follows:


                                                  For the Three Months
                                                         Ended
                                                 ---------------------

                                                  September  September
                                                  30, 2010    30, 2009
                                                 ----------  ---------

  (in millions, except per share amounts)
  Net income (loss)                              $ (135.2 )  $ (31.1 )
  Adjustments to increase (decrease) net income
   (loss):
   Asset write-down charges                             4.4        3.1
   Depreciation, amortization and accretion           136.2      131.5
   Acquisition and integration costs                    0.9    ―
   Interest expense and amortization of
    deferred financing costs                          123.2      111.2
   Gains (losses) on purchases and
    redemption of debt                                 71.9        4.8
   Net gain (loss) on interest rate swaps             104.4       58.3
   Interest and other income (expense)               (0.8 )     (2.6 )
   Benefit (provision) for income taxes              (7.6 )    (21.8 )

   Stock-based compensation expense                     8.7        7.2
                                                 ----------  ---------

  Adjusted EBITDA                                   $ 306.1    $ 260.5
                                                 ==========  =========
  Less: Interest expense and amortization of
   deferred financing costs                           123.2      111.2

  Less: Sustaining capital expenditures                 5.1        5.6
                                                 ----------  ---------

  Recurring cash flow                               $ 177.8    $ 143.8
                                                 ==========  =========

  Weighted average common shares outstanding -
   Basic                                              286.1      286.7

  Recurring cash flow per share                      $ 0.62     $ 0.50
                                                 ==========  =========


Other Calculations:

Adjusted EBITDA and recurring cash flow for the quarter ending December 31, 2010 and the years ending

                                                     Q4 2010       Full Year 2010     Full Year 2011

  (in millions)                                      Outlook           Outlook           Outlook
                                                  --------------  -----------------  ---------------

  Net income (loss)(a)                              $11 to $36     $(345) to $(312)    $84 to $172
  Adjustments to increase (decrease) net income
   (loss):
   Asset write-down charges                          $3 to $6        $11 to $14         $13 to $23
   Depreciation, amortization and accretion        $135 to $140      $537 to $547     $542 to $562
   Acquisition and integration costs                 $1 to $2          $2 to $3         $1 to $3
   Interest expense and amortization of
    deferred financing costs(a)                    $124 to $128      $488 to $492     $499 to $509
   Gains (losses) on purchases and
    redemptions of debt                              ―         $138 to $138        ―
   Net gain (loss) on interest rate swaps            ―         $292 to $292        ―
   Interest and other income (expense)(a)           $(1) to $1       $(2) to $0         $(4) to $4
   Benefit (provision) for income taxes              $0 to $3      $(21) to $(18)       $15 to $25

   Stock-based compensation expense                  $9 to $11       $35 to $40         $30 to $38
                                                  --------------  -----------------  ---------------

                                                                                        $1,248 to
  Adjusted EBITDA                                  $302 to $307    $1,163 to $1,168       $1,268
                                                  ==============  =================  ===============
  Less: Interest expense and amortization of
   deferred financing costs(a)(b)                  $124 to $128      $488 to $492     $499 to $509

  Less: Sustaining capital expenditures              $6 to $8        $21 to $23         $20 to $25
                                                  --------------  -----------------  ---------------

  Recurring cash flow                              $169 to $174      $651 to $656     $721 to $741
                                                  ==============  =================  ===============

  (a)    Full year 2010 guidance reflects the amount recognized for interest rate swaps through
   September 30, 2010 only and reflects no future changes in fair value, and full year 2011 reflects
   no amounts for future changes in fair value from interest rate swaps.
  (b)   Inclusive of approximately $25 million, $86 million and $103 million, respectively, of
   non-cash expense, including approximately $18 million, $54 million and $72 million, respectively,
   related to the amortization of interest rate swaps.


The components of interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs are as follows:


                                             For the Three Months
                                                    Ended
                                             --------------------

                                             September  September
                                                30,        30,
                                                2010       2009
                                             ---------  ---------
  (in millions)
  Interest expense on debt obligations         $ 101.0     $ 94.2
  Amortization of deferred financing costs         3.8        6.8
  Amortization of discounts on long-term
   debt                                            3.7        3.5
  Amortization of interest rate swaps             14.4        6.2

  Other                                            0.3        0.5
                                             ---------  ---------

                                               $ 123.2    $ 111.2
                                             =========  =========


The components of interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs are forecasted as follows:

                                                  Q4 2010      Full Year 2010   Full Year 2011

                                                  Outlook         Outlook          Outlook
                                               -------------  ---------------  ---------------
  (in millions)
  Interest expense on debt obligations          $99 to $101    $402 to $405     $397 to $403
  Amortization of deferred financing costs        $3 to $4       $15 to $16       $14 to $16
  Amortization of discounts on long-term debt     $3 to $4       $14 to $15       $15 to $17
  Amortization of interest rate swaps           $17 to $19       $53 to $55       $66 to $76

  Other                                           $0 to $1       $1 to $3         $1 to $3
                                               -------------  ---------------  ---------------

                                                $124 to $128   $488 to $492     $499 to $509
                                               =============  ===============  ===============


Debt balances and maturity dates as of September 30, 2010:


                                                Face
  (in millions)                                Value      Final Maturity
                                             ---------  ------------------
  2007 Crown Castle Operating Company Term
   Loan                                        $ 627.3     March 5, 2014
  9% Senior Notes Due 2015                       866.9   January 15, 2015
  7.5% Senior Notes Due 2013                       0.1   December 1, 2013
  7.75% Senior Secured Notes Due 2017          1,000.4     May 1, 2017
  7.125% Senior Notes Due 2019                   500.0   November 1, 2019
  Senior Secured Notes, Series 2009-1(a)         236.4       Various
  Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes,
   Series 2010-1-2010-3(b)                     1,900.0       Various
  Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes,
   Series 2010-4-2010-6(c)                     1,550.0       Various

  Capital Leases and Other Obligations            27.6
                                             ---------       Various
  Total Debt                                 $ 6,708.6

  Less: Cash and Cash Equivalents(d)             304.0
                                             ---------

  Net Debt                                   $ 6,404.6
                                             =========

  (a)      The 2009 Securitized Notes consist of $166.4 million of
   principal as of September 30, 2010 that amortizes during the period
   beginning January 2010 and ending in 2019, and $70.0 million of
   principal that amortizes during the period beginning in 2019 and ending
   in 2029.
  (b)     The Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Series 2010-1, 2010-2,
   and 2010-3 have principal amounts of $300.0 million, $350.0 million,
   and $1,250.0 million with anticipated repayment dates of 2015, 2017,
   and 2020, respectively.
  (c)      The Senior Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Series 2010-4, 2010-5,
   and 2010-6 have principal amounts of $250.0 million, $300.0 million and
   $1,000.0 million with anticipated repayment dates of 2015, 2017 and
   2020, respectively.
  (d)     Excludes restricted cash.

Sustaining capital expenditures for the quarters ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 is computed as follows:


                                         For the Three Months
                                                Ended
                                         --------------------

                                         September  September
                                            30,        30,
                                            2010       2009
                                         ---------  ---------
  (in millions)
  Capital Expenditures                      $ 56.5     $ 32.4
  Less: Revenue enhancing on existing
   sites                                      22.1       21.1
  Less: Land purchases                        26.1        1.0
  Less: New site acquisition and
   construction                                3.1        4.7
                                         ---------  ---------

  Sustaining capital expenditures            $ 5.1      $ 5.6
                                         =========  =========


Site rental gross margin for the quarter ending December 31, 2010 and for the years ending December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2011 is forecasted as follows:


                                      Q4 2010          Full Year 2010         Full Year 2011
  (in millions)                       Outlook              Outlook                Outlook
                                 -----------------  ---------------------  ---------------------
  Site rental revenue               $442 to $447       $1,696 to $1,701       $1,815 to $1,835
  Less: Site rental cost of
   operations                       $118 to $123         $463 to $468           $470 to $490
                                 -----------------  ---------------------  ---------------------

  Site rental gross margin          $322 to $327       $1,230 to $1,235       $1,335 to $1,355
                                 =================  =====================  =====================


        Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are based on our management's current expectations. Such statements include plans, projections, Outlook and estimates regarding (i) the growth of our business, (ii) demand for our sites and towers, including the drivers of such demand, (iii) demand for integrated devices and fourth generation wireless data services, (iv) the availability and amount of funds and liquidity available for discretionary investments, (v) our investments of cash from cash flows and other sources, including the availability and type of investments and the impact and return on our investments, (vi) currency exchange rates, (vii) site rental revenues, (viii) site rental cost of operations, (ix) site rental gross margin, (x) Adjusted EBITDA, (xi) interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs, (xii) capital expenditures, including sustaining capital expenditures, (xiii) recurring cash flow, including on a per share basis, (xiv) net income (loss), including on a per share basis, and (xv) the utility of certain financial measures in analyzing our results. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to prevailing market conditions and the following:

  --  Our substantial level of indebtedness could adversely affect our ability
      to react to changes in our business, and the terms of our debt
      instruments limit our ability to take a number of actions that our
      management might otherwise believe to be in our best interests. In
      addition, if we fail to comply with our covenants, our debt could be
      accelerated.
  --  We have a substantial amount of indebtedness. In the event we do not
      repay or refinance such indebtedness, we could face substantial
      liquidity issues and might be required to issue equity securities or
      securities convertible into equity securities, or sell some of our
      assets to meet our debt payment obligations.
  --  Our interest rate swaps are currently in a substantial liability
      position and will need to be cash settled within the next thirteen
      months, which could adversely affect our financial condition.
  --  Our business depends on the demand for wireless communications and
      towers, and we may be adversely affected by any slowdown in such demand.
  --  A substantial portion of our revenues is derived from a small number of
      customers, and the loss, consolidation or financial instability of, or
      network sharing among, any of our limited number of customers may
      materially decrease revenues and reduce demand for our towers and
      network services.
  --  Consolidation among our customers may result in duplicate or overlapping
      parts of networks, which may result in a reduction of sites and have a
      negative effect on revenues and cash flows.
  --  Sales or issuances of a substantial number of shares of our common stock
      may adversely affect the market price of our common stock.
  --  A wireless communications industry slowdown may materially and adversely
      affect our business (including reducing demand for our towers and
      network services) and the business of our customers.
  --  As a result of competition in our industry, including from some
      competitors with significantly more resources or less debt than we have,
      we may find it more difficult to achieve favorable rental rates on our
      new or renewing customer leases.
  --  New technologies may significantly reduce demand for our towers and
      negatively impact our revenues.
  --  New wireless technologies may not deploy or be adopted by customers as
      rapidly or in the manner projected.
  --  If we fail to retain rights to the land under our towers, our business
      may be adversely affected.
  --  Our network services business has historically experienced significant
      volatility in demand, which reduces the predictability of our results.
  --  If we fail to comply with laws and regulations which regulate our
      business and which may change at any time, we may be fined or even lose
      our right to conduct some of our business.
  --  If radio frequency emissions from wireless handsets or equipment on our
      towers are demonstrated to cause negative health effects, potential
      future claims could adversely affect our operations, costs and revenues.
  --  Certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation, by-laws and
      operative agreements and domestic and international competition laws may
      make it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of us or for
      us to acquire control of a third party, even if such a change in control
      would be beneficial to our stockholders.
  --  We may be adversely affected by our exposure to changes in foreign
      currency exchange rates relating to our operations in Australia.


Should one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected. More information about potential risk factors which could affect our results is included in our filings with the SEC. As used in this press release, the term "including", and any variation thereof, means "including, without limitation."

         CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP.
       CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
                    (UNAUDITED)
                   (in thousands)
                                      September
                                          30,                       December 31,

                                         2010                    2009
                                     ------------     --------------------------

              ASSETS
  Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents            $ 303,979                      $ 766,146
   Restricted cash                        207,055                        213,514
   Receivables, net                        55,201                         44,431
   Deferred income tax assets              92,678                         76,089
   Prepaid expenses, deferred
    site rental receivables and
    other current assets, net              95,392                         95,853
                                     ------------     --------------------------
     Total current assets                 754,305                      1,196,033
  Property and equipment, net           4,897,340                      4,895,983
  Goodwill                              2,029,139                      1,984,804
  Other intangible assets, net          2,338,517                      2,405,422
  Deferred site rental
   receivables, long-term
   prepaid rent, deferred
   financing costs and other
   assets                                 633,941                        474,364
                                     ------------     --------------------------

                                     $ 10,653,242                   $ 10,956,606
                                     ============     ==========================


      LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
  Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable and other
    accrued liabilities                 $ 179,872                      $ 197,139
   Deferred revenues                      232,940                        179,649
   Interest rate swaps                    234,940                        160,121
   Short-term debt, current
    maturities of debt and other
    obligations                            22,039                        217,196
                                     ------------     --------------------------
     Total current liabilities            669,791                        754,105
  Debt and other long-term
   obligations                          6,594,066                      6,361,954
  Deferred income tax
   liabilities                             87,889                         74,117
  Deferred ground lease payable,
   interest rate swaps and other
   liabilities                            604,150                        514,691
                                     ------------     --------------------------
     Total liabilities                  7,955,896                      7,704,867
  Redeemable preferred stock              316,349                        315,654
  CCIC Stockholders' equity             2,381,394                      2,936,241

  Noncontrolling interest                  (397 )                         (156 )
                                     ------------     --------------------------

     Total equity                       2,380,997                      2,936,085
                                     ------------     --------------------------

                                     $ 10,653,242                   $ 10,956,606
                                     ============     ==========================


                                 CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP.
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
                                     AND OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
                              (in thousands, except per share data)

                                             Three Months Ended           Nine Months Ended
                                                September 30,               September 30,

                                              2010         2009          2010          2009
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
  Net revenues:
   Site rental                               $ 437,079    $ 396,466   $ 1,253,582   $ 1,140,577

   Network services and other                   44,811       32,613       128,762       101,286
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------

     Total net revenues                        481,890      429,079     1,382,344     1,241,863
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
  Costs of operations (exclusive of
   depreciation, amortization and
   accretion):
   Site rental                                 116,233      114,899       345,453       337,979

   Network services and other                   26,767       21,613        82,990        64,683
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------

     Total costs of operations                 143,000      136,512       428,443       402,662
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
  General and administrative                    41,420       39,230       121,449       113,969
  Asset write-down charges                       4,429        3,073         8,588        14,459
  Acquisition and integration costs                867      ―         1,139       ―
  Depreciation, amortization and
   accretion                                   136,218      131,463       403,512       396,236
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
     Operating income (loss)                   155,956      118,801       419,213       314,537
  Interest expense and amortization of
   deferred financing costs                 (123,196 )   (111,169 )    (364,322 )    (327,006 )
  Gains (losses) on purchases and
   redemptions of debt                       (71,933 )     (4,848 )    (138,367 )     (90,174 )
  Net gain (loss) on interest rate swaps    (104,421 )    (58,327 )    (292,295 )    (114,060 )

  Interest and other income (expense)              847        2,569           985         5,572
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
     Income (loss) before income taxes      (142,747 )    (52,974 )    (374,786 )    (211,131 )

  Benefit (provision) for income taxes           7,597       21,836        22,622        78,276
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
  Net income (loss)                         (135,150 )    (31,138 )    (352,164 )    (132,855 )
  Less: Net income (loss) attributable
   to the noncontrolling interest               (141 )          501        (351 )        (375 )
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------
  Net income (loss) attributable to CCIC
   stockholders                             (135,009 )    (31,639 )    (351,813 )    (132,480 )

  Dividends on preferred stock .              (5,201 )     (5,202 )     (15,604 )     (15,604 )
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------

  Net income (loss) attributable to CCIC
   stockholders after deduction of
   dividends on preferred stock           $ (140,210 )  $ (36,841 )  $ (367,417 )  $ (148,084 )
                                          ============  ===========  ============  ============


  Net income (loss) attributable to CCIC
   common stockholders, after deduction
   of dividends on preferred stock, per
   common share -- basic and diluted         $ (0.49 )    $ (0.13 )     $ (1.28 )     $ (0.52 )

  Weighted-average common shares
   outstanding (in thousands) -- basic
   and diluted                                 286,119      286,707       286,883       286,356


  Adjusted EBITDA                            $ 306,137    $ 260,549     $ 860,472     $ 749,807
                                          ============  ===========  ============  ============

  Stock-based compensation expenses:
   Site rental cost of operations                $ 261        $ 231         $ 801         $ 700
   Network services and other cost of
    operations                                     368          298         1,096           893

   General and administrative                    8,038        6,683        26,123        22,982
                                          ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------

     Total                                     $ 8,667      $ 7,212      $ 28,020      $ 24,575
                                          ============  ===========  ============  ============



         CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP.
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                    (UNAUDITED)
                  (in thousands)
                                                     Nine Months Ended
                                                       September 30,

                                                     2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------

  Cash flows from operating activities:
   Net income (loss)                               ($352,164)   ($132,855)
   Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to
    net cash provided by (used for) operating
    activities:
    Depreciation, amortization and accretion          403,512      396,236
    Gains (losses) on purchases and redemptions
     of long-term debt                                138,367       90,174
    Amortization of deferred financing costs and
     other non-cash interest                           59,734       43,549
    Stock-based compensation expense                   26,185       21,810
    Asset write-down charges                            8,588       14,459
    Deferred income tax benefit (provision)          (34,279)     (83,531)
    Income (expense) from forward-starting
     interest rate swaps                              292,295      111,396
    Other adjustments, net                                818          179
    Changes in assets and liabilities, excluding
     the effects of acquisitions:
     Increase (decrease) in liabilities               (8,348)        3,205

     Decrease (increase) in assets                  (127,053)     (70,949)
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Net cash provided by (used for) operating
       activities                                     407,655      393,673
                                                  -----------  -----------

  Cash flows from investing activities:
   Proceeds from disposition of property and
    equipment                                           2,035        3,374
   Payments for acquisitions (net of cash
    acquired) of businesses                         (126,972)      (2,581)
   Capital expenditures                             (148,274)    (111,297)

   Payments for investments and other                (25,247)      ―
                                                  -----------  -----------

      Net cash provided by (used for) investing
       activities                                   (298,458)    (110,504)
                                                  -----------  -----------

  Cash flows from financing activities:
   Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt         3,450,000    2,228,848
   Proceeds from issuance of capital stock             16,311       16,742
   Principal payments on long-term debt and
    other long-term obligations                      (18,282)      (4,875)
   Purchases and redemptions of long-term debt    (3,541,312)  (2,131,910)
   Purchases of capital stock                       (146,907)      (1,231)
   Borrowings under revolving credit agreements       ―       50,000
   Payments under revolving credit agreements         ―    (219,400)
   Payments for financing costs                      (58,731)     (59,000)
   Payments for forward-starting interest rate
    swaps settlements                               (266,870)      ―
   Net decrease (increase) in restricted cash           9,467     (31,061)

   Dividends on preferred stock                      (14,909)     (14,908)
                                                  -----------  -----------

      Net cash provided by (used for) financing
       activities                                   (571,233)    (166,795)
                                                  -----------  -----------


  Effect of exchange rate changes on cash               (131)      (2,762)
                                                  -----------  -----------

  Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
   equivalents                                      (462,167)      113,612
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
   period                                             766,146      155,219
                                                  -----------  -----------


  Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $303,979     $268,831
                                                  ===========  ===========

  Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
   information:
   Interest paid                                     $319,519     $257,567
   Income taxes paid                                    3,037        5,130


  CCI FACT SHEET Q3 2009 to
   Q3 2010
  -------------------------
  dollars in millions


  -------------------------------------------------------

                              Q3 '09    Q3 '10   % Change
                             --------  --------  --------

  CCUSA
  -------------------------
  Site Rental Revenues        $ 376.3   $ 414.3     10%
  Ending Sites                 22,385    22,265     -1%


  CCAL
  -------------------------
  Site Rental Revenues         $ 20.2    $ 22.8     13%
  Ending Sites                  1,595     1,595     0%


  TOTAL CCIC
  -------------------------
  Site Rental Revenues        $ 396.5   $ 437.1     10%

  Ending Sites                 23,980    23,860     -1%
  -------------------------  --------  --------  --------

  Ending Cash and Cash
   Equivalents                $268.8*   $304.0*


  Total Face Value of Debt   $6,248.1  $6,708.6

  Net Leverage Ratios (1)
  Net Debt / EBITDA              5.7X      5.2X
  Last Quarter Annualized
   Adjusted EBITDA           $1,042.2  $1,224.5

  *Excludes Restricted Cash
  (1) Based on Face Values

  Note: Components may not sum to
   total due to rounding.

  CROWN CASTLE
   INTERNATIONAL
   CORP.
  EBITDA Fact Sheet
  (dollars in
   millions)


                       ----------------------------------------------------------

                          Quarter Ended 12/31/09        Quarter Ended 3/31/10
                       ----------------------------  ----------------------------

                        CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC     CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Revenues
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental          $ 381.1             $ 402.6                       $ 406.9
                       --------   $ 21.5  ---------   $ 384.0   $ 22.8  ---------

   Services                37.8      3.1       40.9      34.8      2.6       37.5
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Total Revenues          418.9               443.5                         444.3
                       --------     24.6  ---------     418.9     25.4  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------

  Operating Expenses
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental            111.9               118.6                         118.6
                       --------      6.6  ---------     107.0      6.7  ---------

   Services                26.8      1.3       28.1      24.3      2.0       26.3
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------
  Total Operating
   Expenses               138.8               146.7                         140.1
                       --------      7.9  ---------     131.3      8.7  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  General &
   Administrative          37.4                39.1                          39.5
                       --------      1.7  ---------      35.0      4.5  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  Add: Stock-Based
   Compensation             7.4                 5.7                           9.4
                       --------    (1.7)  ---------       8.3      1.2  ---------


                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Adjusted EBITDA       $ 250.1   $ 13.3    $ 263.5   $ 260.9   $ 13.4    $ 274.3
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------


                       ----------------------------------------------------------

                          Quarter Ended 12/31/09        Quarter Ended 3/31/10
                       ----------------------------  ----------------------------

                        CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC     CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Gross Margins:
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental              71%                 71%                           72%
                       --------      69%  ---------       72%      71%  ---------

   Services                 29%                 31%                           30%
                       --------      58%  ---------       30%      23%  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  Adjusted EBITDA
   Margin                   60%      54%        59%       62%      53%        62%
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------


                       ----------------------------------------------------------

                          Quarter Ended 6/30/10         Quarter Ended 9/30/10
                       ----------------------------  ----------------------------

                        CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC     CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Revenues
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental          $ 388.0             $ 409.6                       $ 437.1
                       --------   $ 21.7  ---------   $ 414.3   $ 22.8  ---------

   Services                44.3      2.2       46.5      42.5      2.3       44.8
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Total Revenues          432.2               456.1                         481.9
                       --------     23.9  ---------     456.8     25.1  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------

  Operating Expenses
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental            108.7               115.5                         116.2
                       --------      6.8  ---------     109.0      7.3  ---------

   Services                28.5      1.4       29.9      25.2      1.6       26.8
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------
  Total Operating
   Expenses               137.2               145.4                         143.0
                       --------      8.2  ---------     134.2      8.8  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  General &
   Administrative          36.9                40.6                          41.4
                       --------      3.7  ---------      37.5      3.9  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  Add: Stock-Based
   Compensation             9.9                 9.9                           8.7
                       --------      0.0  ---------       8.0      0.6  ---------


                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Adjusted EBITDA       $ 268.1   $ 12.0    $ 280.1   $ 293.2   $ 12.9    $ 306.1
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------


                       ----------------------------------------------------------

                          Quarter Ended 6/30/10         Quarter Ended 9/30/10
                       ----------------------------  ----------------------------

                        CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC     CCUSA     CCAL       CCIC
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Gross Margins:
                       --------           ---------                     ---------

   Site Rental              72%                 72%                           73%
                       --------      69%  ---------       74%      68%  ---------

   Services                 36%                 36%                           40%
                       --------      36%  ---------       41%      31%  ---------


                       --------           ---------                     ---------
  Adjusted EBITDA
   Margin                   62%      50%        61%       64%      52%        64%
                       --------  -------  ---------  --------  -------  ---------

  Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure (Adjusted EBITDA) to GAAP Financial Measure:
  (dollars in millions)


                                               ---------------------------------------------

                                                               Quarter Ended
                                               ---------------------------------------------
                                               12/31/2009  3/31/2010   6/30/2010  9/30/2010
  Net income (loss)                                $ 18.7   $ (119.4)   $ (97.6)   $ (135.2)
  Adjustments to increase (decrease) net
   income (loss):
   Asset write-down charges                           4.8         1.6        2.6         4.4
   Acquisition and integration costs                  0.0         0.0        0.3         0.9
   Depreciation, amortization and accretion         133.5       132.9      134.4       136.2
   Gains (losses) on purchases and
    redemptions of debt                               0.9        66.4        0.0        71.9
   Interest and other income (expense)                0.2       (0.4)        0.2       (0.8)
   Net gain (loss) on interest rate swaps          (21.1)        73.3      114.6       104.4
   Interest expense, amortization of deferred
    financing costs                                 118.9       120.8      120.3       123.2
   Benefit (provision) for income taxes               1.9      (10.3)      (4.7)       (7.6)

   Stock-based compensation                           5.7         9.4        9.9         8.7
                                               ----------  ----------  ---------  ----------

  Adjusted EBITDA                                 $ 263.5     $ 274.3    $ 280.1     $ 306.1
                                               ==========  ==========  =========  ==========

  Note: Components may not sum to total due
   to rounding.

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SOURCE: Crown Castle International Corp.

CONTACT:  Crown Castle International Corp.
Jay Brown, CFO
Fiona McKone, VP - Finance
713-570-3050