Mergers & Acquisitions

Tobias Insurance agency merges with Florida firm

January 10, 2013
Tobias Insurance, the Indianapolis area's eighth-largest independent insurance brokerage, is now part of Florida-based AssuredPartners. Tobias will retain its name, employees and leadership.
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Local elevator service firm bought by German company

January 8, 2013
The Indianapolis elevator repair and installation company has been acquired by ThyssenKrupp AG. Amco Elevator was founded in 1965 and had been locally owned until the purchase.
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Big drug deals expected to return in 2013

January 7, 2013
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. could be ready to start making major acquisitions again.
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Celadon snaps up two more trucking companies

January 4, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis-based company's Celadon Trucking Services subsidiary has agreed to acquire Warren-based Rock Leasing Inc. in northeast Indiana and Wadley, Ala.-based Kelly Logistics Inc.
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G3 Technology Partners acquired by Minnesota firm

December 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
G3 Technology Partners, an Indianapolis-based business communications company with 120 employees, has been acquired by Eagan, Minn.-based ConvergeOne, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Feds clear WellPoint's $4.5B acquisition of Amerigroup

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
The government has dropped its antitrust concerns about health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., the Justice Department said Wednesday, clearing WellPoint to proceed with the $4.46 billion deal.
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Plenty of turbulence ahead, despite Republic's progressRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts are impressed by Bedford’s cost-cutting achievements at Republic’s scheduled-service carrier, Frontier Airlines, and his early progress in restructuring its Chautauqua unit, which flies small regional jets on contract for branded carriers.
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ExactTarget eyed as attractive takeover target

October 26, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based ExactTarget Inc., the fast-growing e-mail marketer that went public in March, is likely being looked at as a possible takeover target by software giants including Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, according to industry experts.
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Hillenbrand paying $530M for German company

October 16, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Batesville-based conglomerate best known for making caskets is making its biggest move yet to diversify away from the funeral care business.
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Ingram Micro completes acquisition of BrightPoint

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
Ingram Micro Inc. said Monday that it has completed its roughly $840 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based mobile-device logistics provider BrightPoint Inc.
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ExactTarget aims to be one-stop shop with acquisitions

October 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based ExactTarget Inc., which grew up as an e-mail blasting company focused on consumers, is trying to entrench itself as a one-stop shop for smartly interacting with all manner of customers.
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ExactTarget buys interactive marketing firms for $116M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The newly public tech company said it paid $95.5 million for Atlanta-based Pardot LLC and $21 million for Indianapolis-based iGoDigital.
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Local furniture maker acquires northern Indiana company

October 9, 2012
Facility Concepts Inc.'s purchase of Classico Seating in Peru, Ind., gives the manufacturer of restaurant furniture about 100 employees and 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
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T2 Systems might tap cash hoard for acquisitionsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing T2 Systems has been biding its time since scoring a $28 million equity infusion a year ago, but the maker of parking management software could soon be towing competitors out of its space.
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Longtime insurance agency acquired by local rivalRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Property-casualty and employee benefits firm MJ Insurance buys Mead & Co., which dates to the 1860s.
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Defender Direct acquires Williams Comfort Air

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Home-security and satellite-dish installer Defender Direct Inc. has acquired local heating, cooling and plumbing powerhouse Williams Comfort Air, creating a home-services company with nearly 2,200 employees and $335 million in annual revenue.
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Nyhart makes first West Coast acquisition

September 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits has established its first office on the West Coast with its latest acquisition.
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WellPoint dragged into Goldman Sachs suit

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion offer for Virginia-based Amerigroup Inc. apparently wasn’t the only—or even the most lucrative—offer for the Medicaid managed care company. But it was the deal surest to come to fruition before a key deadline for a big payout for Goldman Sachs & Co., according to a shareholder lawsuit filed Aug. 16 against the Amerigroup board of directors.
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BrightPoint merger talks driven by 'deal certainty'Restricted Content

July 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
When BrightPoint officials saw conditions in the cell phone distribution business take a turn for the worse, they were quick to cash out while the going was still good.
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Ex-Progress CEO says Duke tried to nix merger amid tensions

July 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bill Johnson, the man who was CEO of Duke Energy Corp. for eight hours after its $17.8 billion takeover of Progress Energy Inc., began testifying Thursday to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
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Author Solutions acquired by Pearson for $116M

July 19, 2012
London-based Pearson Plc has purchased Bloomington-based self publisher Author Solutions Inc., which has about 400 employees, most of whom are in Indiana, and had revenue in 2011 of $100 million.
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Westfield health IT firm sold for $473 million

July 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
MaxIT’s 1,300 employees, who provide information technology services to hospitals and physician practices, will join Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp.
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WellPoint using deals to prep for new era in insuranceRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The buying spree is back on at WellPoint Inc., with a twist. A decade ago, the insurer consolidated Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that catered to employers. Today, it is making deals to grow the non-employer part of its business.
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Meridian CPAs folding into larger Somerset firm

July 13, 2012
Four principals and about a dozen other staff accountants and support staff at Meridian will join Somerset in August. Somerset is Indianapolis' seventh-largest accounting firm, based on the number of local full-time employees.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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