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Aptara, Inc. is a US-based media company specializing in digital content development. It is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. Aptara's services include content production, digital publishing, data conversion, editorial services, eLearning and technology development, legal content solutions, and business process outsourcing (BPO). Its customers include publishers, information aggregators, professional societies, universities and corporations worldwide.[2][3]

Aptara, Inc.
Formerly
TechBooks, Inc.
Private
IndustryMedia, publishing, e-learning, digital learning, outsourcing
Founded1988
Headquarters,
United States
Number of employees
~5,600 (2018)[1]
Websitewww.aptaracorp.com

The company has operations in Noida, Sec-60, Pune, Dehradun and Kerala, India.[3][4] Aptara is considered one of the leading knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) companies in India.[5]

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HistoryEdit

The company was founded in 1988 as TechBooks, Inc. by a sibling entrepreneurial team, including Rakesh Gupta, Neal Gupta and Anita Gupta.[2]

In 1999, TechBooks acquired York Graphic Services, which became its print division. After integrating York's content preparation business into its own operations, TechBooks sold the division under its former name in 2001. The sale was part of the company's strategy for focusing on its core businesses at the time: data conversion and production of cross-media content. In 2001, the print group accounted for about $8 million of TechBooks' $54-million revenues.[6]

In 2000, TechBooks had 1,100 employees in New Delhi, India, and 500 at operations in Pennsylvania, California, and Virginia. Total revenues approached $60 million in spite of a difficult environment for tech firms. Its rate of growth was sufficient to land it a spot on the Inc. 500 list of up and coming small companies. Around this time TechBooks acquired a couple of content preparers, including The PRD Group of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and The GTS Companies of Los Angeles.[7]

By August 2005, TechBooks raised a total of $24 million in three rounds of funding from various investors.[4]

In August 2005, equity firm American Capital, Ltd. made an investment of $45 million in TechBooks to support the company's recapitalization.[8][9] In the same month, TechBooks acquired online learning firm Maximize Learning, which was based in Pune, India. At that moment, the number of TechBooks' employees reached around 2,900.[4] The company's total revenues were $60 million in 2005.[10]

Later, American Capital and its associates made further investments of $50 million in the company to support its growth.[9]

In September 2006, TechBooks acquired Los Angeles-based Whitmont Legal Technologies, which provided litigation support services. At that time, TechBooks employed more than 4,000 workers.[11] In October 2006, the company opened its new main office in Falls Church, Virginia.[12] (Previously it was based in Fairfax, Virginia; both cities are in the Washington metropolitan area).[4]

In January 2007, TechBooks changed its name to Aptara, Inc.[2] According to Aptara, the decision to change the name was related to the company's aspiration to reach markets outside of the publishing industry. The company planned to apply its "content transformation expertise to other markets, such as legal services and the financial and automotive industries".[13]

On February 7, 2012, American Capital sold Aptara, Inc. to iEnergizer, a publicly traded UK company, for $144 million.[1][14] The equity firm has earned 17% compounded annual rate on its investment in Aptara.[9] At the time of the sale, Aptara had roughly 5,000 employees.[1][14]

RecognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Aptara Inc. sold to iEnergizer for $144 million". Yahoo! Finance. February 16, 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Company Overview of Aptara, Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Shardul, Sachin (21 September 2010). "Aptara: A leader in cross-media publishing". PrintWeek. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d McCarthy, Ellen (August 25, 2005). "Fairfax Publishing Firm Buys Indian Company". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ Baruah, Sudeshna B (July 19, 2006). "'Techbooks has many opportunities for freshers'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "TechBooks Sells Print Unit". Publishers Weekly. December 24, 2001. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3480000095.html
  8. ^ "American Capital invests $45 mn in TechBooks". The Economic Times. New Delhi. August 18, 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "American Capital Offloads Aptara". Yahoo! Finance. February 21, 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  10. ^ Kumar, V. Rishi (June 28, 2006). "Techbooks to invest $10 m in India expansion". Business Line. Hyderabad. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  11. ^ Adler, Neil (September 26, 2006). "Techbooks buys litigation support firm in Calif". Washington Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  12. ^ Adler, Neil (October 3, 2006). "Techbooks opens new corporate office in Falls Church". Washington Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  13. ^ Tan, Teri (May 11, 2007). "The Content Continuum". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b Greenfield, Jeremy (February 13, 2012). "E-Book Vendor Aptara Acquired by iEnergizer for $144 Million". Digital Book World. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  15. ^ "12 Indian firms among 50 best BPO vendors". Rediff.com. April 13, 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  16. ^ "The 2014 Global Outsourcing 100". IAOP.org. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

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