News & Analysis

Conseco shoots for $222M in stock offering

December 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The company plans to use at least $150 million to repay debt under its senior credit agreement. The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
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Local funeral home operator interested in troubled Memory Gardens

December 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory is one of two companies that have emerged as potential suitors of the embattled Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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New BioCrossroads venture fund raises $58 million

December 16, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The new INext fund is the successor to the $73 million Indiana Future Fund, which the life science initiative raised in 2003.
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Senate rejects drug-importation proposal

December 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Senate voted down a plan Tuesday to allow Americans to import prescriptions from abroad, handing drug makers such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. a victory.
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Cummins engine business president stepping down

December 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Engine maker Cummins Inc. said the head of its engine business is leaving his role in March to pursue other projects at the company. Jim Kelly joined the company in 1976 and was promoted to president of the engine business in 2005.
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Big Ten Conference ready to explore expansion

December 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors "believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion."
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New president elected for Indiana AFL-CIO

December 15, 2009
Associated Press
Nancy Guyott is the first woman to be president of the Indiana AFL-CIO.
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Speedway slashes schedule of May activities

December 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Belt tightening for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League continues with the much-anticipated announcement that the Brickyard's "month of May" activities will be shortened in 2010.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake plan makes 'perfect sense' to investment pro

December 15, 2009
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co.’s unusual plan to initiate a reverse stock split has the support of at least one local investment adviser, if in fact the company’s CEO is attempting to model it after Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.
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IT firm officially announces plans to create 200 jobs

December 15, 2009
Scott Olson
Executives from BC Forward, Indianapolis’ largest computer consulting firm, said Tuesday the company will get even bigger, with the addition of 200 jobs by 2012.
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Binford group plots next steps in retail revival

December 15, 2009
Tom Harton
The commercial area at 71st Street and Binford Boulevard is recovering from its funk, but a true transformation hinges on implementing a master plan.
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Hurco posts quarterly, yearly losses

December 15, 2009
The company attributed its losses to the ongoing global recession and the credit crunch that has made it difficult for businesses to obtain financing to purchase Hurco's products.
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Steak n Shake plans 20-1 reverse stock split

December 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co., in an unusual gambit, plans to initiate a reverse stock split that would reduce its number of shares outstanding from almost 29 million to just 1.4 million and boost its per-share price from roughly $12 to $240.
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$60M Lilly Endowment grant to fund IU physician research

December 15, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana University, which has received nearly $600 million from the endowment over the last three decades, will leverage the new gift to increase its scientific discoveries and commercialize life science innovations.
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Conseco offering new shares at $4.73 apiece

December 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer hopes to raise $234 million through public offering.
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IUPUI seeking funds from CIB to renovate Natatorium

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
IUPUI says it needs about $15 million to renovate the aging Natatorium swimming complex and wants the city's Capital Improvement Board to fund part of the expense.
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Still hoping to sell securities, Fair Finance seeks extension

December 14, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. says it needs another 30 days to provide Ohio regulators with a mountain of documents they requested relating to insider loans and other issues.
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Former Visteon plant lined up for Carbon Motors

December 14, 2009
Atlanta-based Carbon Motors is a step closer to producing its high-tech police cars in Connersville after a bankruptcy judge authorized auto-parts maker Visteon Corp. to sell a closed plant to the city for $500.
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Supreme Court rejects Indiana's appeal of Chrysler sale

December 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from the state of Indiana pension funds that earlier challenged the automaker's bankruptcy proceedings.
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Lilly wins approval for long-acting Zyprexa

December 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Once-a-month injection of best-selling drug will have patents that could extend until 2018.
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Local home builder placed in receivership

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
A receiver appointed to manage the assets of financially troubled Hansen & Horn Group Inc. will recommend whether the Indianapolis-based home builder should remain in business.
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Indiana weighs changes to combat out-of-state casinos

December 13, 2009
Associated Press
State lawmakers are weighing possible changes to state gambling laws at a time when growing competition from out-of-state casinos threatens to cut into business at Indiana's 11 riverboat casinos.
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Obama reforms not necessarily dire for Sallie Mae in IndianaRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could help weather the cuts.
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Stout's Shoes still in step after 123 years

December 12, 2009
Brock Benefiel
After more than a century in business, Indianapolis-based Stout’s Footwear Co. isn’t just surviving. It also is proceeding with plans to open a store next year on the city’s north side.
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Federal filing lists another link between Brizzi, Durham

December 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
A federal financial-disclosure statement Brizzi submitted in May lists the politician as an investor in Red Rock Pictures Holdings Inc., a film-development firm also backed by Durham.
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