Iron Mountain Shares Soar After Company Announces Conversion REIT
Shares of records management and document storage company Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM: Charts, News) shot up in after hours trading Tuesday, after the company announced it would convert into a real estate investment trust. Shares of the company had closed at $28.40, up +0.99 or +3.61 percent in NYSE trading, but traded as high as $33 or almost +15 percent higher in after-hours trading when the news came out.
The decision to convert to a REIT comes one year after a major investor in the company - Elliot Management - approached Iron Mountain's management to make the conversion. The conversion is planned to take effect on January 1st, 2014. Daily Chart
Boston, MA based Iron Mountain Inc. is a component of the S&P 500 and provides data backup, records management and document storage services to over 120,000 customers in Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe. Iron Mountain stores information in 64 million square feet of real estate all over the world. The company, which started as a storage facility for documents in an abandoned iron mine in 1951 in the event of a nuclear war, expanded buying real estate worldwide. The company manages warehouses for the storage and safekeeping of important physical documents for many corporations. The decision to convert to a REIT was overseen by current CEO, Richard Reese, who replaced former CEO Bob Brennan. In a statement after the news, Reese explained, "A key element of our strategic plan is a disciplined capital allocation strategy to increase stockholder payouts and the REIT structure supports this plan. Additionally, a REIT conversion will have virtually no impact on our customers. They will experience no change in the people, procedures or industry-leading chain-of-custody they have come to trust with Iron Mountain." He continued, "The quality and diversity of our customers are at the center of this opportunity - supporting a very durable rental income stream, with stable, high occupancy levels, strong retention and low tenant turnover costs. These characteristics of our business are strikingly similar to those of many real estate and related service companies, and by some measures, even more attractive." The conversion will include the distribution of between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to its shareholders from earnings and profits previously accumulated. In addition, Iron Mountain also increased its quarterly dividend payment by 8 percent to $0.27 per share. The dividend will be paid on July 13th to holders of the stock on record June 22nd. As a REIT, the company will have to pay out 90 percent of its profits to shareholders, nevertheless, the conversion might not go through, as CEO Reese noted, "We have done the work necessary to feel comfortable that we can operate as a REIT; however, there are a number of hurdles yet to be cleared that are out of our control and there can be no assurances we will be successful in our planned conversion," those hurdles have to do with the U.S. IRS and technical tax issues which may impede the conversion. Other News About IRM Iron Mountain going back to roots in storage services
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Published on Jun 6, 2012
By Jay Hawk