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Durham enlisted directors with personal, financial ties

December 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carl Brizzi's short stint as a Fair Finance director reflects a larger pattern in Tim Durham’s business dealings.
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Debt-shedding efforts start to pay off for BrightpointRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Greg Andrews
The wireless phone wholesaler had survived two prior recessions and recognized the spoils in tough times go to companies with the strongest balance sheets.
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Retailers surprisingly upbeat as they head into holidaysRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Greg Andrews
Those in the trenches say this won't be a blockbuster Christmas, but it won’t be horrid, either.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Steak n Shake's Biglari adds intrigue by buying stake in insurer

October 31, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based company's CEO revealed earlier this year that he intends to use Steak n Shake as a holding company that will pursue purchases “either related or unrelated to its ongoing business activities.”
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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assetsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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A pair of community banks see loan woes escalateRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Greg Andrews
Community Bank of Noblesville and Blue River Bancshares Inc. of Shelbyville have seen loans sour at a rate that might have seemed unimaginable before the housing market tanked and the recession set in.
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Australian owner abandons efforts to sell Chase TowerRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
Macquarie Office Trust of Sydney has quietly pulled the 48-story Chase Tower off the market, along with a property in Boston and a property in Denver that failed to draw juicy enough offers.
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Flush with cash, developer Simon revives hunt for acquisitionsRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
Simon Property Group Inc. has managed to grow revenue tenfold since going public 16 years ago. The key has been well-timed acquisitions.
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Rash of bank failures sure to spread to IndianaRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
Not a single Indiana bank has failed since the sector tanked last year. But Bob Jones, CEO of Old National Bancorp in Evansville, figures it’s only a matter of time.
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Exiting AgroSciences chief shook up strategy, cultureRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Greg Andrews
Jerome Peribere shifted Dow AgroScience’s focus toward what he calls “revolutionary solutions."
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Biglari consolidates power, as Steak n Shake reboundsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Texas investor running the chain doesn't seem like such a champion of transparency these days.

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Lauth Group's collapse offers a lesson in hubrisRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Greg Andrews
Since key Lauth Group subsidiaries landed in bankruptcy in May, the company has described its misfortune almost as if it were an act of God.
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Large HHGregg investor ups stake, surprising analystsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. shares have enjoyed a spectacular runup this year. But the company’s biggest shareholder is making a huge bet that the good times are only beginning.
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Lilly's Effient launch just one of its many challengesRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Greg Andrews
Eli Lilly and Co. has blasted past analysts’ earnings projections for two straight quarters. But if Lilly officials take that as a sign they can breathe easier, they need only flip through a stack of Wall Street research reports on the company.
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Why ailing Emmis could bounce backRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
Let's play the contrarian. For Emmis, that means arguing that the battered company is poised for resurgence, rather than sliding deeper into the abyss.

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Brightpoint's Danish deal not so sweet two years laterRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
The cross-continent mega deal that made Brightpoint Inc. the world’s biggest wireless phone distributor has lost much of its sheen two years after being struck. Brightpoint Inc. in August 2007 purchased Denmark-based Dangaard Telecom for $385 million in stock and the assumption of $350 million in Dangaard debt.
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If Dow AgroSciences sells, let's hope it's not to a rivalRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
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EnerDel poised to get jolt of stimulus juiceRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Greg Andrews
Within weeks, EnerDel expects to receive notification that it's getting as much as $480 million in financing under a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at fostering advanced vehicle manufacturing.
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Judge slams law firm Bose over 'misrepresentations' in Red Spot caseRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Greg Andrews
Bose McKinney & Evans' defense of an Evansville company in a high-stakes environmental-contamination lawsuit has degenerated into a fiasco, with a federal judge sanctioning both the client Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co. and law firm and ordering each to pay half the plaintiff's legal bills.
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Prosecutors see seedy side to seemingly tame industryRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Greg Andrews
Current and former employees of Bloomington-based International Outsourcing Services LLC are under assault by federal prosecutors who charged they participated in a scheme to bilk some of the nation's largest issuers of coupons out of more than $250 million.
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Banker's seat on board turns into bigger challengeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Greg Andrews
Within a month of joining the board of Evansville's Integra Bank Corp. Mike Alley, former CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp's central Indiana operations, had become Integra's interim CEO.
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Bankrupt firm's creditors unlikely to rubber-stamp saleRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Greg Andrews
Norwood Promotional Products Inc. suggests it's positioned to sail through bankruptcy, thanks to a pending-sales agreement. But creditors, owed nearly $300 million, are expected to balk.
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REITs get boost, not scorn, for selling cheap sharesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Greg Andrews
Here's more evidence we're in strange times: Indianapolis' real estate investment trusts have been issuing hundreds of millions of dollars of stock at woefully low prices—and getting a pat on the back from their shareholders for doing so.
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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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