Public Companies

General Growth hearing delayed to weigh bids

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, said a bankruptcy court hearing on its auction process will be delayed five days to give the company time to consider competing bids, including one from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group.
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UPDATE: Emmis takeover deal unlikely to hit turbulence

April 26, 2010
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson
A big Emmis Communications Corp. shareholder believes the $90 million deal CEO Jeff Smulyan unveiled Monday morning to take the company private is unlikely to get derailed—even though it’s worth far less than a takeover offer Smulyan failed to get through his board four years ago.
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Emmis chief looks to take company private

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
JS Acquisition Inc., the company Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has established to complete the acquisition, would purchase all shares of publicly traded Emmis for about $90 million, according to Monday morning's announcement.
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Old National improves first-quarter performance

April 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Old National Bancorp on Monday reported a first-quarter profit of $10.1 million, up 84 percent from the prior-year period and a big improvement from the fourth quarter of 2009, when the company posted a loss of $9.3 million.
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ITT Educational posts first-quarter profit, raises forecast

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges pulled in profits of $85.7 million, or $2.46 per share, up nearly 44 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Shareholders fail to remove Lilly's anti-takeover provision

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The proposal to remove an 80-percent approval threshold for takeover bids against the wishes of Lilly’s board received approval from shareholders holding 74 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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Shares fall after Lilly earnings report

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Lilly shareholders are set to gather Monday in Indianapolis to hear an update on the company’s performance, including how it will keep paying its generous dividend during the lean years after Zyprexa’s patent expiration.
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Lilly to pay $400M to repurchase Cymbalta rights

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. will repurchase rights to develop and market antidepressant Cymbalta outside the U.S. and Japan from European partner Boehringer Ingelheim for an initial payment of $400 million.
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Health reform dings Lilly's earnings

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also lowered its forecast for full-year profits because the new health care law grants bigger rebates on prescription drugs to federal health insurance programs.
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Can Lilly afford to maintain its dividend?Restricted Content

April 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
As shareholders gather April 19 for Eli Lilly and Co.'s annual meeting, more of them than ever will come with an unusual question: Will Lilly be able to keep paying its dividend?
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Biglari's comparisons to Buffett debatedRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sardar Biglari has copied some of the trademarks of his investing idol, Warren Buffett, including a folksy annual letter to shareholders. But Biglari is just starting his career and already is showing signs of taking a different approach than that of the Oracle of Omaha.
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Interactive Intelligence performance lifts CEO's pay

April 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
CEO Donald Brown saw a 32.4-percent increase in total compensation last year as the software-maker's shares soared 169 percent.
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Kite Realty Group slashes CEO's pay 44 percent

April 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
John A. Kite's total compensation fell to $689,074 last year while the rest of his management team also took deep pay cuts.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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Steak n Shake unveils new restaurant prototype

April 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The company now known as Biglari Holdings Inc. on Thursday unveiled a new prototype for future Steak n Shake restaurants. CEO Sardar Biglari said the goal is to open about 1,500 new franchise locations in the coming years.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake shareholders OK name change

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. shareholders on Thursday approved changing the parent company’s name to Biglari Holdings Inc. Shares begin trading under the new name on Friday.
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Steak n Shake CEO woos investors in New York City

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. doesn't operate a single restaurant in New York City, where it is hosting its annual meeting Thursday. But the world financial capital is chock full of high-profile investors intrigued by Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari's plans to harvest cash from the 485-location restaurant chain and deploy it on other investments.
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Brightpoint cuts CEO's pay by almost 35 percent

April 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Robert J. Laikin earned $2.2 million in 2009, nearly 35 percent less than in 2008. Several other members of his management team also took substantial pay cuts.
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Proxy Corner: ITT Educational Services Inc.

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
ITT Educational Services Inc., 13000 N. Meridian St., Carmel, 46032, www.ittesi.com, provides technology-oriented, post-secondary education, including associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as non-degree programs.
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Compensation for WellPoint's Braly rises 51 percent

April 2, 2010
Associated Press
Stock options, bonus fuels CEO's pay.
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Conseco trims CEO's pay but gives exec team raises

April 2, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
James Prieur's total compensation fell 5 percent last year to $3.3 million, but other Conseco executives saw pay hikes between 25 percent and 54 percent.
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Severance boosts pay of former Duke Realty exec

March 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Duke Realty's former chief operating officer took home $3.1 million last year. The office, industrial and retail property owner and manager also awarded raises to its CEO and the rest of his management team.
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Simon Property hiked CEO's pay 34.7 percent last year

March 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
David Simon's $4.6 million in total compensation last year was $1.2 million more than in 2008. The rest of his management team's pay declined or remained flat.
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Conseco seeking to change its name

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. will ask shareholders to approve changing the company’s name to CNO Financial Group, the company said Thursday morning.
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Cummins cuts CEO's pay by nearly one-quarter

March 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Columbus-based engine maker Cummins trimmed Solso's total compensation by $2.3 million last year; remainder of management team took similar pay cuts.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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