Mergers & Acquisitions

Demise of Radio Disney causing static; local station in play

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that it would sell its 23 radio stations that target children ages 3 to 15. The only Radio Disney outpost on the FM dial, WRDZ-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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Insurance agencies Shepherd, Consolidated merge

August 21, 2014
Jeff Newman
Two local insurance agencies with long histories and well-known leaders have merged, creating a firm with eight Indiana offices, 145 agents and more than 160 employees.
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Lilly among those eyeing antibiotic maker Cubist, analyst says

August 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
The rising threat from drug-resistant germs and increasing calls from global health groups for more potent antibiotics is placing a premium on companies such as Cubist. The $4.8 billion drug developer is preparing to introduce four new medicines by 2020.
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Mainstreet's Turner to sell REIT in $2.3B deal

August 13, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
HealthLease Properties REIT, which is led by Mainstreet Property's Zeke Turner, will be sold to Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc., along with 17 projects Mainstreet has under construction. The deal includes 45 future projects.
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KAR Auction Services makes $30M acquisition

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc., which released a solid quarterly earnings report Tuesday, acquired a 50-percent stake in Toronto-based Nth Gen Software Inc., which makes the TradeRev automotive remarketing system.
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WRTV Channel 6 parent grows in major media merger

July 31, 2014
Journal Communications Inc. and E.W. Scripps Co. have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.
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Hunt Construction acquired by L.A. engineering firm

July 29, 2014
Scott Olson
The city's largest construction contractor, whose local projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based engineering firm Aecom Technology Corp.
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First Merchants acquires Noblesville-based bank

July 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Muncie-based First Merchants Corp. has agreed to acquire Noblesville-based Community Bancshares Inc. for about $46 million in stock, the companies announced Tuesday.
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ExactTarget acquisition boosted Indy's tech mojo, local execs say

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
Near the first anniversary of ExactTarget's $2.5 billion purchase by Salesforce.com, local tech gurus explain how the acquisition lifted all ships by bringing new prestige, investment and expertise to the city.
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Telemon unit acquires automotive manufacturer

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Westbrook Mfg., founded in 1977, makes electro-mechanical assemblies and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry at its manufacturing plant in Fresnillo, Mexico. The company has about 400 workers.
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OneAmerica acquires California retirement business

June 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. announced Wednesday that it will acquire a San Diego-based retirement business, gaining access to another large market.
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Carmel firm acquired by Silicon Valley company

June 24, 2014
Dan Human
Anacore Inc., which develops software for touch-screen programs, has been acquired by Prysm Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based company that makes big-screen video walls that use Anacore’s technology.
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IU Health consolidation would cut 3 downtown hospitals to 2

June 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health wants to consolidate its University and Methodist hospitals into one downtown location, a plan that would see one or both facilities close or be converted to another use.
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Medtronic to acquire device maker Covidien for $42.9B

June 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Medtronic Inc., the second-largest maker of medical devices, will be based in Ireland after the acquisition for tax advantages.
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Sale ends 83-year run for Indy’s Harlan Laboratories

June 14, 2014
Greg Andrews
Whether the merger of the former rivals is good for Indianapolis will play out in the coming months. Huntingdon has 1,200 employees, most of them in the United Kingdom and Princeton, N.J. Harlan has about 2,300 employees worldwide, including 300 locally.
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Calumet acquires $25M stake in Louisiana plant

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP plans to spend $25 million acquiring a 22-percent stake in a gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana.
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Merger forms $382M, Indy-based motorcycle parts company

June 5, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis-based holding company LDI Ltd. has tripled its motorsports employee count and broadened its national reach with a deal for privately held Motorsport Aftermarket Group.
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Old National scoops up Lafayette Savings Bank for $42M

June 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The purchase of LSB Financial Corp., parent of Lafayette Savings Bank, will add $366 million in assets and five branches to Old National's portfolio.
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Pfizer pulls plug on push to buy AstraZeneca

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry's history.
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Big-rig seller Stoops to unload six-location dealership

May 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stoops Freightliner, an Indianapolis truck and trailer dealer, has agreed to sell to a larger dealership after more than 25 years in business. Owner Jeff Stoops grew it into a $323 million firm with 563 employees.
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UPDATE: AstraZeneca board rejects new offer from Pfizer

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer's proposed deal would have been the richest acquisition ever among drugmakers and the third-biggest deal in any industry, according to figures from research firm Dealogic.
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Bayer’s $14.2 billion Merck buy shows pharma strategy split

May 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Bayer AG's $14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co. is the latest in a series of big pharma deals and it exposes a deepening split in the way drugmakers approach their portfolios.
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Megadeals drive torrid pace for M&A activity

April 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
The value of corporate takeovers announced in 2014 hit the $1 trillion mark Monday, reaching that level at the fastest pace in seven years.
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Firm that figured out how to sell hair-salon products online is snapped up by giantRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis startup Loxa Beauty was barely generating revenue last year when one of the biggest companies in its industry offered to buy it.
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Finish Line's chain of running stores 'turning a corner'Restricted Content

April 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The Finish Line Inc.’s 48-store specialty running chain has been stuck in neutral and unable to grind out a profit since its inception three years ago. But the Indianapolis-based athletics retailer thinks its Running Specialty Group is poised at least to break even this year after reporting small losses every year since 2011.
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