Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) based on that data.

Is Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) a splendid investment right now? Prominent investors are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 6 recently. Our calculations also showed that irm isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. IRM was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with IRM positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Thomas Bancroft - Makaira Partners

Let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund action encompassing Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM).

What have hedge funds been doing with Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 43% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 18 hedge funds with a bullish position in IRM at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with IRM Positions

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Thomas Bancroft’s Makaira Partners has the number one position in Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), worth close to $63.2 million, corresponding to 6.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holding a $12.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Now, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, assembled the largest position in Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM). D E Shaw had $2.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $1.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management, and Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM). These stocks are Huaneng Power International Inc (NYSE:HNP), Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN), Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPR), and Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). This group of stocks’ market values resemble IRM’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HNP 4 1992 -1
NLSN 35 1088943 14
SPR 32 2730557 2
Y 21 366277 -3
Average 23 1046942 3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.05 billion. That figure was $107 million in IRM’s case. Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Huaneng Power International Inc (NYSE:HNP) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard NLSN might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.