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Iron Mountain Eyes Expansion in Asia With InfoZafe Buyout

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Iron Mountain Incorporated IRM has expanded its footprint in Bangkok with the acquisition of InfoZafe. Per management, addition of InfoZafe's storage and information management services is a significant move for the company’s Thai business.

Notably, InfoZafe provides document storage and information destruction to preeminent public and private companies in Thailand. It also provides secure storage, shredding and degaussing/erasure of electronic devices and media. The company’s services are backed by its commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

The announced acquisition offers an additional facility, taking the count to more than 210 customers and 19 employees for the company’s existing business. In fact, the buyout will strengthen the company’s service delivery capacity, and complement its portfolio of five facilities and four million cubic feet of storage.

InfoZafe’s impressive level of operational and storage capacity as well as strong customer relationships will enable Iron Mountain to expand its scale and better cater regional, national and international customers with information-management needs. 

Management noted that the acquisition is in line with the company’s specific focus on faster-growing Asian markets. As companies undergo digital transformation, Iron Mountain is on a constant look out to leverage on the convergence of physical and digital information management. This enhances returns for the company’s regional business and positions it to capitalize on the global digital transformation trend.

Notably, Iron Mountain’s inorganic growth strategy to emerge as a preeminent global leader in storage and information management services will bolster its top line. Nonetheless, the competitive landscape of the storage and information management services industry is anticipated to result in aggressive pricing, adversely impacting Iron Mountain’s margins in the near term. 

Over the past three months, shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have declined 6.2% as against the industry’s growth of 6.3%.


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