Public Companies

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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Arcadia agrees to sell DailyMed to Walgreen

December 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
It looks like Arcadia Resources Inc.’s DailyMed pharmacy business will live on—but under the wing of Walgreen Co. instead of on its own.
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Spate of Indiana firms lines up for IPOs

December 24, 2011
The highest-profile Hoosier initial public offering was staged by Angie’s List Inc., the online provider of consumer reviews. The Indianapolis-based company raised $76 million by selling new shares, and existing stockholders raked in another $31 million by selling some of their holdings.
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Finish Line got strong start to holiday season

December 22, 2011
For the three-week period ended Dec. 18, the Indianapolis-based athletic apparel retailer said sales in stores open at least a year increased 7 percent from the same time last year. For the entire quarter, company profit increased 35 percent, to $5.5 million.
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Cracker Barrel rebuffs Biglari

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cracker Barrel shareholders appear to have rejected Sardar Biglari’s move to join the restaurant chain’s board, but stopped short of passing a “poison pill” plan that would deter outside investors from taking over the business.
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Preferred shareholders blocking Emmis’ repurchase plans

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
The investors are concerned Emmis will gain voting rights to two-thirds of the preferred shares and that it would use that clout to get out of paying millions of dollars in dividends.
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Overseas rules change could pave way for Simon deals

December 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
New rules proposed for real estate investment trusts in the United Kingdom could help Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. as it seeks to expand its shopping mall dominance outside the United States.
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Third-quarter profit dips at OneAmerica

December 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica earned $15.4 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 53 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Most of that difference came from a 17-percent jump in policy benefit payments.
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ExactTarget has remade itself since last IPO bidRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Things change so fast in the technology world that the prospectus ExactTarget Inc. filed four years ago when it first sought to go public reads today almost like something from the floppy-disk era.
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Angie's List falls below offer price, adding to woes of new IPOs

November 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc. fell 9.2 percent on Tuesday, dropping below its initial public offering price for the first time and joining a crop of Internet companies that have lost value since their IPOs this year.
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Hillenbrand profit up 17 percent after Rotex deal

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
Hillenbrand Inc. said Monday its profit grew 17 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter after it acquired Rotex Global LLC.
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Investors across city hit jackpot in Angie's List IPORestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
The initial public offering price was $13, the high end of the range projected in regulatory filings. That price was more than quadruple the average price of $2.76 paid by prior investors.
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Struggling Ener1 receives $4.5M from investor

November 23, 2011
The parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel received the financing to continue operating while the company evaluates its options to reorganize debt.
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Local business bank parent reports third-quarter profit

November 18, 2011
Indiana Business Bancorp attributed its profit of 9 cents per share to higher non-interest income a lower loan-loss provision expense.
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Shoe Carnival quarterly earnings rise 15 percent

November 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana-based footwear and accessories company reported Thursday that its earnings rose to $10.5 million for the period ended Oct. 29, up from $9.1 million a year ago.
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Venture firm set to score on Angie's List, Groupon IPOs

November 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Battery Ventures’ investments in Angie’s List Inc. and Groupon Inc. have produced more than $440 million in paper profit after the Internet-commerce companies sold shares to the public this month.
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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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