Financial Review: MobileSmith (OTCMKTS:MOST) and Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (IRM)

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (NYSE: IRM) and MobileSmith (OTCMKTS:MOST) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT and MobileSmith’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT 5.54% 15.49% 2.99%
MobileSmith -23.23% N/A -93.30%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT and MobileSmith’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT $3.51 billion 3.02 $104.82 million $0.80 47.16
MobileSmith N/A N/A N/A ($0.30) -5.83

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT has higher revenue and earnings than MobileSmith. MobileSmith is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT pays an annual dividend of $2.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. MobileSmith does not pay a dividend. Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT pays out 293.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MobileSmith has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, MobileSmith has a beta of -45.76, suggesting that its share price is 4,676% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.2% of Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT and MobileSmith, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT 1 1 2 0 2.25
MobileSmith 0 0 0 0 N/A

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT currently has a consensus target price of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.34%. Given Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT is more favorable than MobileSmith.

Summary

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT beats MobileSmith on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Iron Mountain) is engaged in storing records, primarily paper documents and data backup media, and provide information management services. The Company offers records management services, data protection and recovery services and information destruction services. Its information management services are divided into three categories: records management services, data protection and recovery services, and information destruction services. The Company’s records management services include flexible retrieval access, retention management and records management program development and implementation based on practices to help customers comply with specific regulatory requirements and policy-based programs. It provides data protection and recovery services for both physical and electronic records. The Company’s information destruction services consist primarily of physical secure shredding operations.

About MobileSmith

MobileSmith, Inc. develops and markets a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that allows non-programmers to design and build native mobile applications for smartphones and tablets. The Company’s product is the MobileSmith Platform (the Platform). The Company’s Platform is an application development platform that enables organizations to create, deploy and manage custom, native smartphone and tablet applications deliverable across iPhone operating system (iOS) and Android mobile platforms. The Company’s principal products and services include subscription to its SaaS cloud-based mobile application development platform to customers who design and build their own applications; internal and secure mobile development platform for the United States Department of Defense and related contractors; custom mobile application design and development services; mobile application marketing services, and mobile strategy implementation consulting.

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