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Accolades all around as Allison owners exit

September 20, 2014
Greg Andrews
Private equity firms Carlyle Group and Onex Group fared well on their purchase of Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission, with the $763 million each put into the 2007 deal more than tripling in value.
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Will spurned TV station launch ABC courtship?

August 16, 2014
Greg Andrews
Channel 6's affiliation agreement with ABC expires in January, but the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, has strong ties to the network and will be highly motivated to avoid a parting of ways.
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New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
Greg Andrews
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.
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HHGregg ready to dust off, ramp up Fine Lines conceptRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Greg Andrews
HHGregg's high-end-appliance Fine Lines stores are shifting into the spotlight as the struggling retailer looks for ways to offset declining consumer electronics sales.
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Combatants in grocery feud are finally making peace

July 12, 2014
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for the Marsh Supermarkets and Don Marsh have quietly reached a settlement on the final issue: how much each side owes the other for legal fees on claims on which they prevailed. Each had argued since last fall the other owed $1.7 million.
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Durham victims wait and wait, as quest for cash continues

July 5, 2014
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee who has been trying to scrape together money for victims of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham’s Ponzi scheme just struck two lawsuit settlements that underscore the daunting obstacles he faces.
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Fledgling local organization crusading for innovationRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Greg Andrews
Jerry McColgin saw firsthand the power of innovation during his 15 years at Whirlpool Corp., starting on the factory floor and working up to lead an Evansville-based team of 35 people scattered across 17 countries.
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Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
Greg Andrews
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.
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Interactive's stock drop shows vagaries of Wall Street

May 24, 2014
Greg Andrews
The greater success Interactive Intelligence enjoys transitioning customers to the cloud, the greater the drag on short-term results.
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Battery Ventures reaping rewards from big bet on IndyRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Greg Andrews
The tech VC firm recently invested $7 million in Smarter Remarketer. It previously bet on Made2Manage Systems, Angie's List and ExactTarget.
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Yes, the NCAA is a powerhouse, but it’s vulnerable

May 3, 2014
Greg Andrews
If the NCAA were a public company, investors would be fretting about the risks—most notably the thicket of litigation that could upend the definition of amateurism and pave the way for athletes to get paid.
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Bank merger that looked conflict-free goes off the railsRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Greg Andrews
Carmel-based Merchants Bancorp announced in May 2013 that it would merge into Mooresville-based CITBA Financial Corp.—a deal initially so warmly received by CITBA shareholders that the company’s stock shot up 87 percent.
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CEO of Simon spinoff to run company from D.C. perch

March 29, 2014
Greg Andrews
Simon Property’s decision to name the new business Washington Prime had fueled speculation the company would end up based in the D.C. area. However, that apparently is not the case.
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Washington Square’s woes leave it at bottom of heapRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Greg Andrews
The east-side mall's occupancy has fallen to 43.8 percent, down from was 86.6 percent in 2011 and 77.2 percent in 2012.
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Can oil refiner Calumet keep dividend gushing?Restricted Content

March 1, 2014
Greg Andrews
The decline in the stock price has pushed the dividend yield ever-higher, with Calumet now boasting the 18th-largest yield among the more than 3,000 companies that trade on NASDAQ.
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Symbol of Durham’s opulence heading for a sheriff’s saleRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's 10,700-square-foot Geist home has languished on the market for years with an asking price of $5.5 million.
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Mall giant Simon beating back perceptions of Internet threatRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
-Greg Andrews
Brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a rough holiday season, and the doldrums continued through January—fueling hand-wringing among investors and other observers over whether the Internet has permanently diminished the American shopping mall.
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Pain mounts for Telamon after reporting $5M theft

February 1, 2014
Greg Andrews
The Carmel company complains that its  insurers “denied all coverage for the theft-fraud loss under both policies on the grounds that the individual leased to Telamon was an ‘employee’ of Telamon, and simultaneously was not an ‘employee’ of Telamon.”
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Biglari's Steak n Shake licensing deal stirs up criticsRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Greg Andrews
Under the 20-year deal, Sardar Biglari won’t receive royalties if he remains atop the company. But if he were forced out of for anything but malfeasance, or if it were sold, he’d receive 2.5 percent of sales for five years—a sum that could surpass $100 million.
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New grocer's arrival adds to questions about MarshRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Greg Andrews
Because Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle wants to enter the Indianapolis market, you'd think it would initiate discussions to buy Marsh Supermarkets, which has been hanging a for-sale banner for years. But a Giant Eagle spokesman said there have been no discussions.
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Cash-strapped Fair Finance CFO agrees to $50M settlementRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
An attorney for Rick Snow says the executive agreed to the deal because he lacked the money to fight the suit, not because he actually has the money.
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Can Simon’s mall spinoff become a growth company?

January 4, 2014
Greg Andrews
There’s not a lot of sizzle among the 54 strip shopping centers and 44 enclosed malls that Simon Property Group Inc. plans to spin off into a new public company early next year.
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Interactive Intelligence’s early bet on cloud paying off

December 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
The maker of call center software has seen its stock price rocket from about $20 to $62 over the last 25 months. The runup has swelled the company’s market value from $400 million to $1.3 billion.
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Prosecutors concede no ground in Tim Durham’s appeal

December 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
In a new brief, the government insists it pursued wiretaps in late 2009 only after investigating the business using less-invasive techniques for 7-1/2 months.
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Still nothing for investors, as Fair Finance legal fees balloon

November 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Cleveland law firm representing the bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash is seeking approval for more than $11 million in fees.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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