Banking & Finance

Renamed Carmel financing firm planning big growth

February 1, 2013
Dealer Services Corp. in Carmel has begun operating as NextGear Capital after being acquired by Atlanta-based Manheim Inc. NextGear plans to relocate in the next month and double its employment, to 450, in the next year.
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Simon unit suing Stir Crazy chain for unpaid rent

February 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of Castleton Square Mall is suing its former tenant for $471,031 following the restaurant's closing late last month.
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Families sue to recover lost investments

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana county commissioner, his wife and members of three other families who lost more than $700,000 they invested in businesses state officials say were shell companies are suing two men accused of orchestrating the scheme.
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Old National's earnings highest since 2002

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Old National Bancorp's earnings rose 26 percent in 2012, to $91.7 million, its greatest since 2002, the Evansville-based company announced Monday morning.
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ChaCha secures $14M investment to expand services

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest round of funding will enable ChaCha to make "significant" investments in new products to expand both mobile and online services, CEO Scott Jones said. Internally, the project is dubbed "Go Big."
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Hillenbrand diversifies by growing whole new businessRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Casket company turns heads with aggressive foray into equipment manufacturing.
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APPEL: Mergers and acquisitions will accelerate by midyearRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Savvy Indiana business owners rightly wonder about the merger-and-acquisition and capital market outlook for 2013. Unfortunately, it is likely mixed, with a sluggish outlook for the first half of the year. However, many hope that, by midyear, there will be a pickup to end the year strong.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2013Restricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Lack of a disclosed price kept these deals off of Indianapolis Business Journal's list of deals.
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S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.
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Michigan lawyer claims Indiana prosecution was political

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
A Michigan attorney claims in a lawsuit that former Indianapolis prosecutor Carl Brizzi and former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita used unwarranted charges against her in a cemetery theft scheme to enhance their political reputations.
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ITT suffers tough quarter on enrollment drop, loan losses

January 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. shares swooned Thursday morning after the private educator reported sinking revenue and a $9.5 million loss in the fourth quarter. But the stock rebounded strongly later Thursday.
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Lampoon paid for Durham’s defense, trustee alleges

January 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash, charged with recovering funds for Fair investors, alleges in a court filing that National Lampoon funded convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham's defense. Durham is a former CEO of the film company.
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Ex-councilor Bateman agrees to plead guilty to fraud charges

January 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Paul C. Bateman Jr., a former Democrat city-county councilor, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to 13 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Local buyout firm acquires New York shapewear maker

January 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis investment firm E&A Industries has acquired a fast-growing New York apparel firm specializing in body-slimming fashions, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Local tooling manufacturer acquired by private-equity firm

January 21, 2013
Techniks Inc., a designer and distributor of industrial cutting tools, has been acquired by Tenex Capital Management. Tenex, in turn, merged Techniks into another of its companies, Jasper-based Nap Gladu, to form a new holding company.
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New tool could drive down employers' health care costsRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Ten of Indiana’s largest employers—including the state of Indiana; Cummins Inc.; CNO Financial Group Inc.; Indiana, Purdue and Butler universities; and Indiana University Health—think they have hit upon a solution.
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HHGregg ratchets back, but analysts still uneasyRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Greg Andrews
HHGregg now has 228 stores in 20 states. So it has grown a great deal. But the “exceptional store economics” it used to promote are gone, thanks largely to a breathtaking collapse in sales of flat-screen televisions.
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Indiana firms see big drop in venture funding

January 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital investments in Indiana dropped off in 2012, but local investors see the market here steadily gaining strength.
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Leader of fraud scheme pleads guilty to 20 counts

January 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Michael Russell faces between 57 and 71 months in prison for defrauding an Indianapolis investor of $1.7 million. Two associates, Paul Bateman, a former City-County councilor, and Manuel Gonzalez, have pleaded not guilty and are set for trial Feb. 11.
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Indiana liberal arts colleges strategize to survive perfect stormRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Colleges are experimenting with business models at a time when the ability of students and their families to pay are dropping dramatically, and endowments and scholarship funds remain depressed.
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Farmers seek rescue from unexpected property tax hitRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
New soil-productivity factors issued by the Department of Local Government Finance last year would have raised tax collections an average 18.5 percent this year.
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Emmis' well-paid CEO signs on for 3 more yearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Jeff Smulyan's supporters praise him for repositioning Emmis during a harrowing stretch for the media industry. Detractors complain about his hefty compensation.
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Analyst cuts Cummins rating, citing rise in shares

January 11, 2013
Associated Press
Analyst Stephen Volkmann lowered his rating on the engine maker's stock to "Hold" from "Buy," noting that the shares have risen 30 percent from their October lows and are now just 10 percent below all-time highs.
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BioCrossroads seed fund makes first investments

January 10, 2013
Local startups Esanex Inc. and Algaeon Inc. have received $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, from Indiana Seed Fund II, BioCrossroads' second fund to help fledgling life sciences companies.
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Old National buying 24 branches from Bank of America

January 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. plans to sell 24 branches in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan with about $779 million in deposits to Old National Bancorp.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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