Topic: How To Invest

Q: Pat, do you have any info on Iron Mountain, IRM on the NYSE? They deal in the mass storage of physical records etc. It pays a great dividend. Thanks.

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A: Iron Mountain Incorporated, $32.17, symbol IRM on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 287.3 million; Market cap: $9.1 billion; www.ironmountain.com), stores, protects, and manages documents and information for more than 225,000 organizations, including 96% of the Fortune 1000. (The Fortune 1000 are the 1,000 largest American companies ranked by revenues, as compiled by the American business magazine Fortune). The company has 1,450 facilities in 50 countries, with North America providing 67% of its revenues; Europe, 18%; Asia, 9%; and Latin America, 6%. Iron Mountain also owns nearly 30 million square feet of real estate in major metropolitan areas in North America, Western Europe and Latin America. Iron Mountain derives the majority of its revenue from storage rental fees (63% of total sales). The company’s storage contracts typically range from one to five years with an overall 98% retention rate. As a result, these represent long-term and stable revenue streams. It also earns revenue (37%) by providing ancillary services, including the management of records, destruction…

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