Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire two Credit Suisse data centers in London and Singapore, which would expand its data center business internationally. As part of the $100 million transaction, Credit Suisse will enter into a long-term lease with Iron Mountain to maintain their existing data center operations.
The transaction comes soon after closing the FORTRUST data center acquisition on September 1, 2017 and marks Iron Mountain’s first step toward international data center expansion. It expands Iron Mountain’s portfolio, which provides data center services to organizations across all industries that require highly secure, reliable, and compliant data storage and related capabilities. The two Credit Suisse data centers would add a total of 273,000 square feet, and over 14 megawatts (MW) of capacity (including future expansion) to Iron Mountain’s growing portfolio – of which 4.2MW is leased to Credit Suisse – and give the company presence in two of the fastest-growing global markets, London and Singapore, in terms of absorption.
The London data center is 120,000 total square feet and located in the Slough Trading Estate, while the Singapore data center is 153,000 total square feet located in Serangoon. Both facilities provide access to large power networks and an ability to serve numerous enterprises in the respective data center markets. Designed to meet the security requirements of a highly regulated financial services firm, the data centers comply with Iron Mountain’s standards for security and compliance. Additionally, after accounting for the 4.2MW leased to Credit Suisse, Iron Mountain will have additional expansion capacity of approximately 10MW in these two attractive data center markets.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, with completion anticipated in the first quarter of 2018. The company intends to fund the purchase with proceeds from share issuance under its ATM program, filed earlier today. Data center acquisitions, such as this transaction, were not part of the company’s previously disclosed 2020 growth plan, but the company’s strategy of growing its data center business does include expanding through acquisitions as well as organic growth. The company projects a double-digit stabilized yield following build-out and lease-up of the expansion capacity.
“With these acquisitions – our first outside of the US and the agreement coming just weeks after the acquisition of the FORTRUST data center – we are continuing to expand our global data center capabilities to better serve our customers seeking the high levels of security, customer service and compliance that Iron Mountain delivers,” said Iron Mountain President and CEO William L. Meaney. “The demand for, and growth in, our data center offerings has been consistent and strong, drawing customers in highly regulated industries. The combination of our capabilities and the recent completion of the first phase of our Northern Virginia campus would strengthen the foundation of our fast-growing data center business, and are consistent with Iron Mountain’s strategic focus on leveraging our core strengths to develop and accelerate the growth of new business opportunities.”
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About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 230,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain boasts a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 52 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, cloud services, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding to help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.