Vital Source lands Brazil contract

Vital Source Technologies, the e-textbook division of Ingram Content Group, has signed an agreement to provide its services to Brazilian scientific, technical and professional publisher GEN Grupo. The companies already have started to convert GEN Grupo's catalog of 3,500 titles into digital formats. Vital Source's platform is used on some 6,000 campuses around the world.

Jan 29, 2014 9:56 AM

HealthStream hits mark with 16% profit growth

Company raises revenue guidance as customer base grows 15% from year ago
Oct 22, 2013 7:22 AM

Ingram unit sets up UK e-textbook store

Vital Source Technologies, the e-textbook subsidiary of Ingram Content Group, has rolled out an online store for the United Kingdom market. Students can buy directly from the store or via their university platforms.

Sep 26, 2013 8:41 AM

Analyst praise takes HealthStream market cap past $1B

Shares of HealthStream are up about 50 percent so far in 2013 and more than 600 percent in the past three years but Northland Capital Markets analyst Scott Berg has some very simple advice in launching coverage of the downtown-based company: Buy and hold.

We believe HealthStream uniquely benefits from the confluence of two significant mega-trends: strong secular adoption rates within the Talent Management Enterprise Software sub-sector but also an increasingly more regulated environment requiring its products’ end users to evaluate competencies and train on a more frequent basis. We believe these create a positive multi-year risk/reward scenario for investors.

Berg's price target for HealthStream is $43, more than 20 percent higher than where it closed Tuesday. Spurred on by his recommendation, investors have pushed up HealthStream (Ticker: HSTM) by about 7 percent today, taking the company's market value above the $1 billion mark for the first time ever.

Sep 25, 2013 11:17 AM

HealthStream paying $8.5M for Florida consulting group

Company adds to training tools arsenal, inks five-year contract with 7,500-employee system that had owned advisory firm
Sep 10, 2013 7:22 AM

Local software venture still in running to be Journal Startup of the Year

East Nashville-based software company LiveSchool has made it through to the next round of The Wall Street Journal's Startup of the Year competition. LiveSchool, which raised more than $1.6 million early this year, gives teachers the ability to track student behavior in real time via a software app. After starting as part of a pool of more than 500 applicants, the company now is competing with just nine others from around the country.

Check out a Journal video profiling a recent company event here.

Aug 28, 2013 2:25 PM

HealthStream director books $1M+ gain on stock deals

Local entrepreneur Mike Shmerling has been active in the market in the past week in his role as a board member of HealthStream. First, he exercised 15,000 options that would have expired in 2018 last Friday. Then he turned around and unloaded more than 37,000 shares — some 30 percent of his total HealthStream holdings — on Tuesday and Wednesday. His profits on the transactions topped $1.1 million.

Aug 16, 2013 7:07 AM

Ryman CEO trust buys shares, HealthStream co-founder cashes in some chips

Do you see value in shares of Ryman Hospitality Properties (Ticker: RHP), which are down 10 percent year to date? The trustee of the rabbi trust handling some of Chairman and CEO Colin Reed's supplemental retirement payments does and last week spent $300,000 on the hotel real estate investment trust's shares.

Headed in the other direction is HealthStream co-founder and director Jeff McLaren, who on Monday cashed in a bunch of stock options with an exercise price of less than $5 and sold them for more than $33. His profit on the transactions ran to more than $430,000. HealthStream shares (Ticker: HSTM) are up more than 35 percent so far in 2013.

Aug 14, 2013 7:10 AM

UAE learning company picks VitalSource

The VitalSource e-textbook platform owned by Ingram Content Group has been picked by a recently launched venture that aims to bring education technology to the many parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Panworld Education was launched earlier this summer by the Pan World General Trading conglomerate.

The education marketplace in the Middle East is expanding rapidly, with industry sources projecting its worth to be approximately $61 billion by 2015, and the school-age population in the MENA region is predicted to grow to 53.6 million students in 2015. Recently, Saudi Arabia announced a 13 percent increase in its education budget, allocating $54 billion towards higher education and workforce training.

Jul 31, 2013 11:17 AM

ENA scores another big Idaho contract

Wireless work could be extended to 15 years
Jul 29, 2013 9:51 AM