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Forbes  Jan 16  Comment 
Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Friday, shares of Industrial companies are underperforming other sectors, higher by 0.3%. Within that group, United Rentals (NYSE: URI) and Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) are two large stocks that are...
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In the latest look at stocks ordered by largest market capitalization, Russell 3000 component Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE: FSL) was identified as having a larger market cap than the smaller end of the S&P 500, for example Iron Mountain Inc...
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Benzinga  Dec 16  Comment 
Information Technology (IT) departments at colleges and universities are tasked with supporting the needs of thousands of students and often hundreds of departments, programs and services, making the school's disaster recovery and business...
The Australian  Dec 16  Comment 
IRON Mountain shareholders appear unlikely to agitate for the US company to engage further with takeover target Recall.
TheStreet.com  Dec 15  Comment 
Records-management company Recall Holdings Ltd. on Monday, Dec. 15, rejected Boston, Mass-based Iron Mountain Inc.'s A$2.2 billion ($1.8 billion) cash-and-share offer as too low and invited the bidder to up its price. Recall, which is listed...
Wall Street Journal  Dec 14  Comment 
Document-management and data-storage company Recall Holdings has rejected a takeover bid of almost $1.8 billion from Iron Mountain.
Benzinga  Dec 1  Comment 
Organizations are increasingly relying on cloud-based backup and disaster recovery tools to protect their critical data and business operations. Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) and Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced a multi-year...




 
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Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) helps customers manage records, protect data, archive digital files, and discard documents securely. The lion's share of Iron Mountain's business is in storing and discarding physical paper documents. In effect, this means driving a van to the customer's location, filling it with documents in boxes that Iron Mountain has sold to its customers, driving them to a secure location for safekeeping and retrieval when the customer needs them. Companies need Iron Mountain's services because of compliance regulations - they need to keep information on file for a certain amount of time to protect against lawsuits, and proprietary information must be discarded securely when it is no longer needed. The company earned $3.01 billion in revenues and $222 million in net income in 2009.[1]

The company has a diversified client base - it serves 97% of the Fortune 1000, and more than 93% of the FTSE 100 in some fashion.[2] But while its client list is impressive, the company's clients keep many of their data management functions in-house, so Iron Mountain only controls 33% of the overall market. The company's digital segment represents less than 10% of it's revenues, but it is a key to the company's growth strategy as it looks to become a fully-integrated data services provider. This segment presents opportunities in cross-selling and up-selling to existing clients and earning more high margin, high-tech business in addition to the physical storage business.

Record keeping and data storage are long-term needs for a company, and most firms are unlikely to bring this service back in-house after out-sourcing it. Thus the nature of Iron Mountain's client base and "stickiness" is long-term, partially shielding the company from the ebbs and flows of the economy at large. In 2009, the company's revenue (on constant currency) increased by 3%.[1]

Company Overview

Iron Mountain reports its business in three segments - records management services, data protection & recovery services, and information destruction services. The company offers both physical and digital services in each segment.[3]

  • Records Management Services (56% of net revenue): records management services are comprised primarily of the archival storage of records, both physical and digital, for long periods of time. Hard copy business records are typically stored for long periods of time in cartons packed by the customer with limited activity. Digital archiving services focus on archiving digital information with long-term preservation requirements. Typical digital records include e-mail, e-statements, images, electronic documents retained for legal or compliance purposes and other data documenting business transactions.
  • Data Protection & Recovery Services (31% of net revenue): data protection & recovery services are the off-site vaulting of data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes. Physical data protection & recovery services consist of the storage and rotation of backup computer media as part of corporate disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Online backup is a Web-based service that automatically backs up computer data from servers or directly from desktop or laptop computers over the Internet and stores it in secure data center.
  • Information Destruction Services (12% of net revenue): information destruction services consist primarily of the company's physical secure shredding operations.

Business Growth

FY 2009 (ended December 31, 2009)[1]

  • Net revenue fell 1.4% to $3.01 billion. However, on a constant currency rate, revenues actually increased 3%. Revenue was affected by a 2.3% increase in in Storage and a 1.4% decline in Core Services.
  • Net income increased 171.3% to $222.3 million due to foreign currency exchange rate impacts and the tax rate.

Trends/Forces

Business largely non-cyclical and stable

The nature of records-management leads to stability outside of macroeconomic trends. The storage business is inherently-long term since records are kept for the long term and are mission critical to IRM's clients. This has fixed costs for customers, given space requirements of a box of paper filled with records. Loss of revenues from customers ending their contracts is less than 2% of total volume, so the impact of contract losses has been slight. Despite being in a sluggish economy, the company's net revenue increased by 3% on a constant currency basis and net income more than doubled in 2009.[1]

Need for data storage and information management partially mandated by regulation

Regulation like Sarbanes-Oxley Act is a tremendous boon to Iron Mountain's business, as it requires businesses to more fully document and store records of their business, which introduces an opportunity for records-managers. Sarbanes-Oxley in particular is concerned with financial reporting, and requires companies to keep better records of their transactions and other obligations that hadn't been required before. This in turn gives opportunities to Iron Mountain. The company has authored a series of White-Papers on the implications of Sarbanes-Oxley for public businesses to help customers transition. Such regulation not only gets the company new customers, but also helps it up-sell more services, such as email archival, since these services are also necessary in the face of regulatory oversight, such as email subpoenas.

Competition

Iron Mountain is in a fair unique position of having no significant public competitors in its particular space, either in the United States or abroad. It acquired the major ones of note. However, for much of the potential market, clients choose to use in-house storage, lowering Iron Mountain's market share despite a high market penetration. Anacomp is a private competitor, but its scale is much smaller than IRM's.

However, as the company expands its digital offerings, it is beginning to step on the technology-services giants, such as International Business Machines (IBM) and EMC (EMC), who have large diversified operations that include digital data archival options for their clients.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 IRM 2009 10-K "Results of Operations" pg. 36
  2. IRM 2009 10-K "Development of Business" pg. 1-2
  3. IRM 2009 10-K "Service Offerings" pg. 5-8
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