Mergers & Acquisitions

Investor pressure pushing drugmakers to make deals

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's blockbuster deal involving Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was just the latest of several that have taken place since the beginning of the year.
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Lilly to pay dearly for Novartis animal health biz

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts raised their eyebrows at the hefty price Eli Lilly and Co. will pay to acquire Novartis Animal Health, when compared to the value of the biggest player in the field.
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Blockbuster deal: Eli Lilly paying $5.4B for Novartis Animal Health

April 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to pay $5.4 billion for Novartis Animal Health in the second-largest deal in the company's history. The acquisition is part of a blockbuster three-way drug deal.
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Insurer acquires Indy-based StreetLinks for $60 million

April 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
StreetLinks, which sells real estate appraisal management services and software, will retain its brand name and remain headquartered in Indianapolis, according to the statement.
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Lender bids $26 million to take over Indiana Limestone Co.

April 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An investment firm was the only bidder for an Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings.
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MainSource strengthens Cincinnati foothold with acquisition

April 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
Greensburg-based MainSource Financial Group agreed Monday to pay $34 million in cash and stock for MBT Bancorp, the parent of Merchants Bank and Trust Co.
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Indy-based Web firm for coaches makes Atlanta acquisition

April 7, 2014
Dan Human
Startup dot-com BookIt Commerce Inc. is in the midst of expanding its site for vetting and marketing coaches into new markets.
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Dow Agro parent sets stage for sale or spinoffRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dow AgroSciences LLC is likely to become a stand-alone public company in the next three years, according to some Wall Street analysts—if the wunderkind division of Dow Chemical Co. lives up to sky-high expectations.
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Calumet to acquire drilling-fluids maker for $235 million

March 26, 2014
Calumet Specialty Products said it plans to complete its acquisition of ADF Holdings by March 31. ADF is the parent of Tulsa-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA Inc., a leading provider of drilling-fluid solutions to the oil and gas industry.
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Indiana among states probing Comcast-Time Warner deal

March 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Comcast Corp.’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. is being probed by at least six states that have joined a federal review of whether the deal violates antitrust laws.
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Lilly acquires animal health business, lowers forecast

February 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. is buying a privately held, poultry-vaccine maker based in Germany to strengthen its Elanco animal health subsidiary.
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NiSource's pipelines make it a prime takeover target

January 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
NiSource, which operates the largest natural gas distribution company and second largest electric distribution company in the state, could be acquired by a company seeking to profit from the shale-gas boom.
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WellPoint to unload 1-800-Contacts unit

January 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Financial terms of the sale to Boston-based private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP weren't disclosed. WellPoint paid a reported $900 million to buy the company in June 2012.
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ExactTarget sells for eye-popping $2.5 billion

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget Inc. sold for more than $2.5 billion after a bidding war among some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players.
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Group plans $2.8B mall buy from firm with heavy Simon ownership

December 16, 2013
Bloomberg News
Carrefour SA joined a group of institutional investors to buy 127 European shopping malls in a $2.75 billion deal with Klepierre SA, which is 29-percent owned by Simon Property Group.
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Lender to buy training firm Adayana in bankruptcy case

December 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Adayana Inc. received permission this week from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis to sell the business to a secured lender in exchange for millions of dollars in debt.
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Calumet acquires New Jersey lubricant maker

December 11, 2013
Dan Human
Bel-Ray Co. deal brings East Coast ports to Indianapolis-based Calumet.
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Republic Airways completes sale of Frontier unit to Indigo

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Republic said selling Frontier for $36 million plus assumed debt will let it refocus on running feeder airlines for major carriers such as Delta and United.
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Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Wheaton Van Lines acquires high-end Boston mover

November 25, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based Wheaton is making a strong move into the high-end corporate relocation business with its purchase of Boston-based firm Clark & Reid Co. Inc.
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Corporations still deal-shy even as stocks surge

November 20, 2013
Associated Press
Mergers and acquisitions are lagging this year, even as the market notches a series of record highs and is headed for its best year in a decade.
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Law firm Taft to merge with Chicago practice

November 19, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, which includes about 100 attorneys in Indianapolis, expects the merged firm to bill in the range of $175 million to $200 million annually.
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Celadon to acquire Canadian trucking, rail firm

November 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking firm plans to establish a foothold in the Canadian rail industry by acquiring N. Yanke Transfer Ltd., which posted $90 million in revenue in 2012.
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Denver company completes Chromcraft acquisition

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
Apparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. has closed its $3.45 million purchase of Indiana-based furniture maker Chromcraft Revington.
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Republic Airways extends time to close $145M Frontier sale

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
Buyer Indigo Partners says it first needs agreements with the union for Frontier flight attendants, and with credit card issuer Barclays.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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