Deals

Biglari was persistent in pressing Western Sizzlin deal

November 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari proposed buying Western Sizzlin in January and again in May and advocated the unusual structure of the $39 million transaction.
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Chemical-maker Benchmark Products merges with Ohio's New Surface Technologies

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Benchmark Products Inc., a local manufacturer of metal-finishing chemicals, will combine with a Bedford, Ohio, company and keep its headquarters and production in Indianapolis. The combined company will be renamed Asterion LLC.
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Greensburg manufacturer sold, jobs moving to Oklahoma

November 3, 2009
The Autoquip Corp. has completed its acquisition of American Lifts in Greensburg and will be moving nearly 50 jobs to company headquarters in Guthrie, Okla.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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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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Report: Ice Miller, Louisville firm end merger talks

September 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Merger talks that began last year between local legal heavyweight Ice Miller LLP and a Louisville-based law firm reportedly have broken down, putting an end to a deal that was expected to close by the end of the year.
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Local contractor Enterprise acquires Freije

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Enterprise Electrical & Mechanical Co. has acquired The Freije Company, a 50-year-old local firm that specializes in refrigeration-systems design, installation and service.
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IT consultant Apparatus buying WFYI building

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based information technology consultant Apparatus has agreed to buy the former WFYI building at 1401 N. Meridian St. for a new headquarters.
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Southwest bid for Frontier could be in trouble

August 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Southwest Airlines Co.'s bid for Denver-based Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. may have hit turbulence, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Lilly software spinoff Maaguzi sells for $11 millionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Investors in a company built around clinical research software bought from Eli Lilly and Co. have found their exit, though it’s far from the lucrative payoff they’d once imagined.
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Dow Chemical seems poised to keep AgroSciencesRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. is still considering divesting Indianapolis subsidiary Dow AgroSciences LLC. But chances that the chemical manufacturing giant will sell its local agricultural chemical and biotech unit appear to have decreased.
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Republic Airways closes purchase of Midwest

August 2, 2009
Republic Airways Holdings says it has completed its acquisition of privately held Midwest Airlines for $31 million in cash and debt.
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Indianapolis benefits firms merge

July 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Two Indianapolis benefits consulting firms have finalized their merger, the companies announced this morning. Terms of the deal between Benefit Associates Inc. and Benefit Consultants Inc., in the works since March, were not disclosed.
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Republic growth strategy fraught with riskRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight in a fare war Republic hasn't had to fight as a contract carrier.
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A.J. Gallagher & Co. strikes again, hires two more benefits brokersRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
National acquisition-and-merger rage among benefits firms continues as Gallagher swallows groups in Noblesville and Louisville. Gallagher's Carmel office grows its client portfolio to 300.
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Ice Miller still in merger talks with Louisville law firmRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's third-largest law firm is poised to tie the knot with Kentucky's Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. But differences in the way the firms compensate partners are taking longer than expected to sort out.
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Express Scripts closer to $4.7B WellPoint deal

May 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Express Scripts Inc. has cleared an antitrust review for its planned purchase of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.'s pharmacy benefits management business, bringing the $4.7 billion deal closer to completion.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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$4.7B WellPoint deal leaves workers in limbo

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Investors cheered this morning after WellPoint Inc. agreed to sell its pharmacy management unit to Express Scripts Inc., but the fate of about 2,100 WellPoint employees now is up in the air.
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WellPoint to sell subsidiary for $4.6B

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has agreed to sell its pharmacy benefits management arm for $4.675 billion in cash and stock to St. Louis-based Express Scripts, the companies announced April 13.
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Benefits mergers on the increaseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Benefits brokers and agents—facing increasing demands from employers and declining commissions—are merging at an accelerating pace.
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Indiana Public worker, teacher funds have lost $8B in 15 monthsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The state's two biggest pension funds are poised to combine into one Indiana Public Retirement System, with a single executive director and board.
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PNC plans return to 'old-fashioned' lending standardsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
PNC CEO James Rohr, 60, recently sat down with IBJ to discuss the merger between PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and National City Corp., as well as the recession and PNC's strategy.
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Fast-growing appraisal firm evolves from subprime pastRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
One of the largest independent survivors of the subprime debacle is staking its future on a real estate appraisal business based in Indianapolis.
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