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Lilly fights view that fate hinges on Alzheimer's drugRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Analysts have eyes on trial data for drug that could be a game-changer for the company.
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Indiana making hay from Illinois' tax mayhem

October 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Many Illinois firms are serious about moving or expanding out of state—and Indiana economic development officials are racing to capitalize.
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Cracker Barrel battling to keep Biglari at bay

October 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has rejected Biglari’s request that directors appoint him and business partner Phil Cooley to the board. It also has rolled out a “poison pill” plan that would deter outside investors from taking over the business without negotiating with the board first.
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Finish Line, HHGregg step up their e-commerce strategiesRestricted Content

October 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
Traditional retailers are trying to connect with customers, however and whenever they want to do business.
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Suit says Irwin Union Bank execs missed snowballing riskRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee's suit against the top three officers of the bank's parent seeks more than $500 million.
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Former partner of Moe & Johnny's owner alleges fraudRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Greg Andrews
Real estate executive John Bales filed a lawsuit last month accusing Chuck Mack of “willfully and maliciously” misappropriating $200,000 that belonged to him.
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Judge in Ponzi case deals blow to Hoosier developerRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge in Florida has rejected a settlement that would have extricated former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams from tens of millions of dollars in claims for a mere $334,000.
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New financing may give battered dry cleaner fresh startRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
US Dry Cleaning’s September 2008 purchase of Tuchman Cleaners was supposed to end years of financial strain for the 25-store Indianapolis chain, but it didn’t happen.
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Angie's List hopes investors see beyond the lossesRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
The company's IPO filing includes this sobering disclaimer: “We have incurred net losses since inception, and we expect to continue to incur net losses in the foreseeable future.”
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Weak market could derail Allison's planned IPORestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission in March said it planned to raise $750 million through a public stock sale, but the economic outlook has darkened since then.
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Finish Line brass buoyant as key retail season arrivesRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Greg Andrews
The company clearly is on a nice run, with seven straight quarters of increasing same-store sales and increasing earnings per share.
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Eli Lilly using big dividend to prevent investor exodusRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Greg Andrews
Lilly executives are emphatic that they have no plans to reduce the company's 49-cents-a-share quarterly cash dividend, which gives the stock a rich annual yield of 5.2 percent.
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Will Biglari use Steak n Shake playbook at Cracker Barrel?Restricted Content

July 2, 2011
Greg Andrews
Biglari Holdings began scarfing up Cracker Barrel shares in March and now has amassed a 9.8-percent stake worth $109 million.
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Smulyan says Emmis ready 'to go back on offensive'Restricted Content

June 25, 2011
Greg Andrews
Emmis' sale of two stations in Chicago and one in New York City will allow the company to chop more than $100 million off its $331 million in long-term debt—clearing the way for it to arrange a refinancing under favorable terms.
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Merger of cell phone titans takes glow off BrightpointRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some analysts say investors overreacted to the risk Brightpoint would lose T-Mobile as a customer. Merriman Capital's Scott Searle estimates the earnings impact from losing that client would be “dramatically less than investors originally feared” and “is more than adequately reflected in the stock price.”
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Effort to save minority car dealer lands Bill Mays in ditchRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Greg Andrews
PNC Bank last month sued Mays, one of the city’s most prominent black businessmen, charging he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan he received in 2008 that has an unpaid balance of $2 million.
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Multiple tenants likely needed to plug Nordstrom holeRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Greg Andrews
Nordstrom occupies a staggering 210,000 square feet spread across three floors—60 percent more space than the Seattle-based chain occupies at the Fashion Mall at Keystone and likely more than any single retailer would be willing to lease.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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ExactTarget stays patient as riches from IPO awaitRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
CEO Scott Dorsey says remaining private in the short term allows the company to more easily exploit business opportunities on the horizon.
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Eli Lilly's slumbering stock finally shows signs of lifeRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Greg Andrews
Is it finally time to get some growth again out of a stock that since its debut on the public market 59 years ago has minted thousands of millionaires?
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Firms' faith in stock buybacks not always well-placedRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
The ultimate test of whether buybacks are good deals for shareholders hinges on whether the price paid for the stock proves over time to have been a bargain or inflated.
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Short-time CFO altered course at Marsh SupermarketsRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
John Elbin forced the ailing grocery chain to confront its problems during his five months with the company.
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Shares of embattled ITT may not have hit bottomRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some analysts believe the thrashing ITT investors have taken since the federal government unveiled a tougher regulatory scheme for for-profit schools a year ago is only the start.
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China making big gains in drug R&D jobs state covets

April 9, 2011
Greg Andrews
The total annual cost for one researcher at Lilly might run $300,000 to $350,000 a year. The figure at Crown Bioscience is one-third of that, said a company executive.
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CEO says transformation prepped Remy International for IPO

April 2, 2011
Greg Andrews
Remy’s transformation since 2007, when a $700 million debt load propelled it into bankruptcy court, could be fodder for business-school case studies of the 21st century.
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