Sentinel sells Inscape Publishing, Inc. to John Wiley & Sons


Successful Exit of Leading Corporate Training Solutions Provider


NEW YORK, February 17, 2012 – Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising, lower middle market companies, today announced the sale of Inscape Publishing, a leading provider of assessment and training products that develop interpersonal skills. Inscape’s products are based upon DiSC®, a psychological assessment tool which has been widely used to evaluate behavior for nearly a century. Inscape was acquired by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWa, JWb) in a transaction valued at $85 million on Feb. 16, 2012.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Inscape’s DiSC® offerings provide a suite of content-rich, technology-enabled corporate training solutions for the development of employee skills such as sales, leadership, teamwork, communications and time management. Inscape’s products are used to train more than one million people in 70 countries and 30 different languages each year.

During Sentinel’s ownership, Inscape added a number of new assessments and related training tools to the DiSC® platform. The latest generation of products personalizes the training experience for end-users and enhances the training capabilities for Inscape’s affiliated trainers, resulting in substantial revenue and profit growth for Inscape.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of Inscape under Jeff Sugerman’s leadership,” said Paul Murphy, a Sentinel Partner. “Inscape’s management team did a superb job advancing the DiSC® platform and extending Inscape’s leadership position in the corporate training industry. We believe Wiley is particularly well suited for Inscape’s next phase of growth and continued success.

“Sentinel was a terrific partner to the Inscape team throughout their ownership period,” said Jeff Sugerman, Inscape’s Chief Executive Officer. “Sentinel’s support during the recent economic downturn as well as their expertise in helping management drive the growth of business services companies was instrumental in our achievements in recent years.&rdquo