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Noble Roman's profit up, revenue down

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. late yesterday reported a larger profit in the second quarter, primarily due to its continuing efforts to cut expenses by replacing company-owned restaurants with franchises.
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Large HHGregg investor ups stake, surprising analystsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. shares have enjoyed a spectacular runup this year. But the company’s biggest shareholder is making a huge bet that the good times are only beginning.
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Finish Line execs sell shares en masse in recent months

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Top executives at The Finish Line Inc. cashed in stock worth more than $10 million in recent months. They sold many of the shares in July as the locally based athletic retailer saw its stock rise to a high for 2009 of about $9.
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PROXY CORNER: Franklin Electric Co. Inc.

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bluffton-based Franklin Electric Co. Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes electric motors, electronic motor controls and related equipment. For the quarter ended July 4, the company reported net income of $5.8 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, on $165.3 million in revenue. That compares with net income of $15.3 million, or 66 cents per diluted share, on $201.7 million in revenue for the the same period a year ago.
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Hill-Rom profit drops, beat expectations

August 7, 2009
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. topped analysts' expectations in its fiscal third quarter even as hospital-spending cuts clipped its revenue by 9 percent, the company announced late yesterday.
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Brightpoint profit slips, but beats expectations

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc. said yesterday that profit and revenue fell in the second quarter because it sold fewer of the devices, and at lower prices.
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Accuride warns of bankruptcy, reports loss

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Evansville-based truck parts maker Accuride Corp., one of the state's largest companies, warned today in its quarterly financial report that the company might seek bankruptcy protection if lenders refuse to restructure its debt.
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First Merchants posts larger loss on fraud charge

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Muncie-based First Merchants Corp. disclosed this week that the bank lost $31.2 million in the second quarter, including $10.2 million it blamed on fraudulent financial statements provided by a large commercial borrower.
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Irwin Financial narrows losses, continues restructuring

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Irwin Financial Corp. narrowed its losses in the second quarter, as the company continued to restructure or face the possible suspension of its business.
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Calumet Specialty suffers loss on falling sales

August 5, 2009
Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. this morning reported a loss of $26 million in the second quarter due to high crude oil prices and flagging product demand.
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Conseco profit at high end of estimates

August 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. recorded profit at the high-end of its preliminary estimates, the company announced today.
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Lilly offering buyouts to 4,000 sales reps

August 4, 2009
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. today said it is offering buyouts to its U.S. sales force, with hopes of trimming about 300 sales representatives before a sales restructuring set to begin in January, Reuters reported.
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UPDATE: Simon rents, occupancy buck shopping decline

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Sales still are suffering at shopping centers owned by Simon Property Group Inc., but the Indianapolis-based mall giant managed in the second quarter to keep occupancy steady and eke out an increase in average rent rates.
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White River Capital's profit drops 33 percent

August 4, 2009
White River Capital Inc. today reported its profit in the second quarter fell 33 percent compared to the same period last year, due primarily to expenses associated with its canceled merger.
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Simon reports loss amid tough retail conditions

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis shopping mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. today said it lost $20.8 million in the second quarter in what it called a "difficult retail environment."
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Lilly's Effient launch just one of its many challengesRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Greg Andrews
Eli Lilly and Co. has blasted past analysts’ earnings projections for two straight quarters. But if Lilly officials take that as a sign they can breathe easier, they need only flip through a stack of Wall Street research reports on the company.
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Arcadia hopes health care reform means more revenueRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
The CEO of Indianapolis-based Arcadia Resources said the environment is perfect for his company's fast-growing DailyMed service.
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Dow Chemical seems poised to keep AgroSciencesRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. is still considering divesting Indianapolis subsidiary Dow AgroSciences LLC. But chances that the chemical manufacturing giant will sell its local agricultural chemical and biotech unit appear to have decreased.
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Republic Airways closes purchase of Midwest

August 2, 2009
Republic Airways Holdings says it has completed its acquisition of privately held Midwest Airlines for $31 million in cash and debt.
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Duke Realty suffers second-quarter loss

July 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. late yesterday posted a 32-percent drop in its second-quarter funds from operations, a key performance measure for real estate investment trusts.
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Dow Agro sale still possible, but less likely

July 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. is still considering divesting Indianapolis subsidiary Dow AgroSciences LLC. But chances that the chemical manufacturing giant will sell its local agricultural chemical and biotech unit have decreased.
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Cummins' stock rises despite lower revenue, profit

July 30, 2009
Cummins Inc.'s stock jumped more than 6 percent in morning trading after its quarterly results beat analyst estimates.
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Investments propel Baldwin & Lyons profit

July 30, 2009
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. said today that its profit last quarter was the second-highest in company history, as investment gains from recovering equity markets helped boost performance.
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Finish Line extends 500 Festival relationship

July 29, 2009
Indianapolis-based Finish Line Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to extend its title sponsorship of the 500 Festival's 5K race held each May, officials announced today.
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WellPoint stock falls despite quarterly profit

July 29, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. shares slipped in morning trading after the company beat analysts’ expectations for second-quarter profits but failed to raise its year-end earnings forecast. WellPoint earned $1.50 per share in the latest quarter, excluding investment losses. Analysts were expecting $1.43 per share, according to a survey by Thomson Financial Network.
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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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