Mergers & Acquisitions

Grain Dealers Mutual merges with Florida firm

July 28, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Co., one of the largest property-casualty insurers in the state, will become part of The Main Street America Group, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said this morning.
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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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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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If Dow AgroSciences sells, let's hope it's not to a rivalRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
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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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Ritter's buyer retools custard chainRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Sam Stall
Indianapolis residents have been passionate about Ritter's handmade frozen custard ever since it debuted almost two decades ago. But while the ice cream is sweet, the story of the former mom-and-pop company's attempts to morph into something grander is decidedly bitter. Now, New York-based TruFoods, which bought the company in May 2008, is trying to get the formula right.
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With pharma famine looming, Lilly relying on snack-size dealsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
Compared with some of his pharmaceutical CEO peers these days, John Lechleiter has his company on a diet. Instead of using a mega-merger to bulk up before the famine that patent expirations will bring on the industry next year, Lechleiter has Eli Lilly and Co. burning management fat while looking for smaller companies to munch on.
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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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Stock declines could make public companies takeover targetsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Not so long ago, most Indiana public companies were firmly in control of their destinies. Now after seeing their stock prices plunge, many would , be little more than sitting ducks were outsiders to launch takeover bids. If anybody's still got the money and chutzpah to buy, that is.
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Financial crisis, recession hammer deal flowRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Scott Olson
Companies searching for a merger or acquisition partner had one heck of a time finding a match last year. Place much of the blame on the credit crunch that rattled the nation's economy and sent deal-making into a downward spiral.
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Slow M&A activity predicted by KPMGRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Mergers and acquisitions are unlikely to rebound before the last quarter of this year, international accounting firm KPMG International said.
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Targanta receives rescue line for drugRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
A former Eli Lilly and Co. antibiotic being developed in Indianapolis will live to try again. The company developing the drug, Massachusetts-based Targanta Therapeutics Inc., has agreed to be acquired by New Jersey-based The Medicines Co. for $42 million.
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MacVittie reviving Caldwell VanRiper agencyRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One of Indianapolis' most storied advertising agency names is coming back to the local market. Longtime local ad exec Paula MacVittie came out of retirement late last year to acquire Marc USA Indianapolis from its Pittsburgh-based parent company, renaming the firm Caldwell VanRiper.
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Lilly makes $6.5B acquisitionRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter played a game of pharmaceutical poker with former Lilly Chief Financial Officer Jim Cornelius—and won.
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Mergers transform Indianapolis legal landscapeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis law firms finally jumped in a big way into the merger mania that's sweeping the legal profession.
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