Public Companies

Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Sale of Fortune Industries would take company private

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The company is set to be purchased by CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler. But several law firms are investigating the sale for potential unfairness on behalf of shareholders.
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State's largest private company plans to go public

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Evansville-based Berry Plastics Group Inc., a container maker owned by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC, on Friday filed to sell up to $500 million of stock in an initial public offering.
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Dynamics in place to mint public companies aplentyRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis attorneys say numerous local private firms are on the IPO sidelines, mulling whether to try to capitalize on the strengthening economy and improving investor appetite for new issues.
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Analysts lukewarm to Allison ahead of market debut

March 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Shares of Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. are expected to begin trading Thursday, but the early reaction to the IPO from analysts is lukewarm. The locally based company’s private-equity owners are offering 21.7 million shares for $22 to $24 apiece, which could raise as much as $522 million.
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Fuel prices wreak havoc on Republic Airways turnaroundRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Greg Andrews
If the cost of aircraft fuel continues to approach $3.50 a gallon, 2012 fuel costs for the company's Frontier unit fuel will end up $40 million higher than the business plan.
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Simon Property Group goes on $3.5B mall spending spree

March 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis mall owner is expanding its global profile, agreeing to buy a controlling stake in a French firm with a 271-property European portfolio. Simon also is buying out a partner in its Mills portfolio closer to home.
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Lilly to try again to remove poison-pill provisions

March 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s board is once again recommending the removal of a provision that makes the company an almost impossible target for hostile takeovers. The same proposal has fallen slightly short at each of the past two annual shareholder meetings.
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Arcadia: Don't buy our stock

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc. is telling shareholders not to buy its stock because it is out of cash and faces a $40 million pile of debt that comes due on April 1.
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Allison Transmission seeks $522M in initial public offering

March 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., the former parts unit of General Motors Co., is seeking to raise as much as $522 million for its private-equity owners in an initial public offering.
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Cummins thinks global with executive appointmentsRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The company said its new internal structure is to ensure that Cummins maintains high ethical standards as it grows throughout the world.
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Soaring revenue at Angie's List impresses analysts

February 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Angie's List beat analysts’ revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company, seeing results from a marketing campaign that drove up expenses.
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Brightpoint shares slide after it lowers forecast on loss of customer

February 22, 2012
Shares of the wireless-device logistics provider fell more than 8 percent Wednesday morning after the company lowered its annual earnings guidance in response to the loss of a major customer.
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Angie’s List expected to continue financial losses

February 22, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based company should post a loss of 11 cents per share when it reports its first earnings as a public company on Wednesday afternoon. But at least one analyst is upbeat about its long-term prospects.
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Disappointing quarter puts WellPoint brass on hot seatRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts say the company has struggled to generate the consistent earnings that rivals have, in part because of mispricing of its Medicare Advantage senior coverage.
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Roche sales rise 4 percent in 2011

February 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp.’s North American business, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, posted a 4-percent boost in sales last year on the strength of its fluid analyzer business unit, even though its diabetes sales fell.
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Republic Airways boosts expectations for 4th quarter

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Wednesday raised its outlook related to the performance of its Frontier Airlines service.
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Deceased HHGregg chairman oversaw explosive growth

January 23, 2012
Greg Andrews
Jerry Throgmartin helped transform HHGregg from a local electronics retailer into a national player with more than $2 billion in revenue. He died over the weekend while visiting his ranch in Colorado.
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ProLiance might go on blockRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance, a natural-gas marketer and supplier, was singed by a $57.2 million pretax loss in the first nine months of 2011, causing some analysts to wonder if majority owner Vectren Corp. will try to sell its 61-percent stake in the company.
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Hurco reports fourth straight quarterly profit

January 13, 2012
Strong sales in North America and Europe helped the Indianapolis-based machine-tool maker.
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Pressure rises as Lilly tries squeeze play

January 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. is now in the predicament of watching revenue fall as its patents on older products expire, even as the company needs to spend more money on marketing and research to boost sales of new drugs.
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Simon chasing title of state's most valuable companyRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
David Simon's massive new compensation plan—which includes a $120 million long-term bonus—is a drop in the bucket compared with the wealth the company has been creating in recent years, even as the overall market zigs and zags.
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PROXY CORNER: Biglari Holdings Inc.

January 7, 2012
Biglari Holdings Inc. is a San Antonio-based holding company that owns Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake, Roanoke, Va.-based Western Sizzlin and invests in a diverse range of businesses.
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Battle between phone rivals spills into the courtroomRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Brightpoint sues Miami rival Brightstar twice in one week over its hiring of two former executives of the local wireless-phone distributor.
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Lilly losing dominance in diabetes treatmentRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co., after more than a decade of setbacks, is counting on diabetes to help it survive a string of patent losses on other products that have begun to sap the drugmaker's sales.
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