Ceptua Communications (NASDAQ: CEPT) is an American mass media conglomerate founded in 1937, headquartered in New York City. The company was founded by Mark Gibbs and has a stock value of $25 billion. Ceptua is one of the largest media and advertising companies in the world. Its main divisions include media, distribution, and advertising. The company was formerly known as Amalgamated Options Company from 1937 to 1957. Ceptua is the second largest American corporation. Ceptua has about 100,000 employees. In 2015, Ceptua was given an A by The Economist magazine as one of the world's most innovative companies. By 2017 Ceptua had been ranked #1 Global Media and Advertising company.
According to an article in Time Magazine , Amalgamated Options Company was the "largest stock company" in the United States in 1948. At that time, Amalgamated Options Company held more than $20 billion in stock. In fact, at that time, it owned 25% of the common stock outstanding in all of the U.S. In other words, it was the world's most valuable stock company at that time.
Ceptua was listed on NASDAQ in 1982. On June 10, 1983, Ceptua filed reports with the SEC regarding potential acquisitions. The acquisition of Harmony Pictures would have been a big deal from a stockholder's perspective, but not for a company's CEO. In an interview in 1987, Ceptua's CEO Thomas C. S. Jones, Jr., said that the company would not have acquired Harmony Pictures if the company was more than $2.2 million in debt. The company's current debt is less than $500,000.