Takeovers

Under-the-radar utility-locating firm scores nearly $1B saleRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based United States Infrastructure Corp. just changed hands for the third time in five years—but not because it’s a hot potato nobody wants. Quite the contrary, as the latest sale price—nearly $1 billion—demonstrates.
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Small-business group absorbed by state was ailing

July 20, 2013
Dan Human
Gov. Mike Pence in June signed an executive order that folded a tiny northern Indiana not-for-profit called Partners in Contracting Corp. into a new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. What he didn’t say was that Partners in Contracting was in trouble and likely would have folded operations had the state not stepped in.
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ExactTarget option gains approach $300MRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
xactTarget Inc.’s sale will swell the value of employee stock options to nearly $300 million—a windfall local tech experts expect will launch a wave of entrepreneurship over the next several years.
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Salesforce to keep ExactTarget independent, 'invest' in it

June 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
In a company memo, ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey assures employees of their importance after announcing deal to sell the company for $2.5 billion.
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Republic's big moves pay off, but rival airline's deal poses threatRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings not only beat analysts' second-quarter estimates this year, but also posted a profit. But just weeks after the new player in scheduled service announced those solid results, arch-enemy Southwest Airlines announced it was buying AirTran for $1 billion.
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Smulyan buyout plan could take Emmis full circleRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
The going-private deal he worked out—with New York-based Alden Global Capital—could result in another public offering five years from now.
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Simon adds $1.1B to General Growth proposal

April 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. added four backers to its proposal to help rival mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. emerge from bankruptcy, increasing the plan’s total investment by $1.1 billion.
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Simon's $10 billion bid for bankrupt General Growth roils retailingRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. already is known for playing hardball with mall tenants over rent. So national retailers like The Gap Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. will be bracing for future lease negotiations if the nation's largest mall owner succeeds in a $10 billion bid to take over its nearest rival, the bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc.
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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder mutiny to succeed.
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General Growth board sued for rejecting $10B Simon bid

February 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Directors at Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. are being sued by a shareholder claiming they shouldn’t have rejected a $10 billion buyout offer from competitor Simon Property Group Inc.
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Insurance company rejects Steak n Shake takeover bid

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
A small Michigan insurer has rejected an acquisition bid from The Steak n Shake Co., describing the offer as a "hostile takeover attempt."
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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assetsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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Republic growth strategy fraught with riskRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight in a fare war Republic hasn't had to fight as a contract carrier.
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Bioanalytical Systems founder fights to be heardRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
It took Pete and Candace Kissinger 33 years to build West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. into one of the largest contract research firms in Indiana's life science sector. It took just a year and a half for them to turn against the company's new management.
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Stock declines could make public companies takeover targetsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Not so long ago, most Indiana public companies were firmly in control of their destinies. Now after seeing their stock prices plunge, many would , be little more than sitting ducks were outsiders to launch takeover bids. If anybody's still got the money and chutzpah to buy, that is.
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Activist shakes up Steak n Shake after taking controlRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After months of agitating for changes at The Steak n Shake Co., investor Sardar Biglari finally got a shot at putting his theories into action.
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Turmoil forces National City saleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial.
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Texas investor enlists former Steak n Shake exec in quest to revive chainRestricted Content

April 21, 2008
Cory Schouten
Two executives with longtime ties to The Steak n Shake Co. have joined a dissident Texas investor in his quest to overhaul the Indianapolis-based restaurant chain. Shareholders who have agreed to work with Sardar Biglari include a former board member the company once described as a "modern-day founder" of the restaurant chain, along with a former partner in Kelley & Partners Ltd., the investment firm led by company patriarch E.W. Kelley before his 2003 death.
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Texas investor wins over Steak n Shake shareholders, aims for chairmanship

March 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Texas investor Sardar Biglari rode a wave of shareholder anger to a landslide victory in his quest for Steak n Shake Co. board seats. Now, the dissident 30-year-old investor who models his approach after Warren Buffett's is hoping to deliver on his promise to turn around the Indianapolis-based chain, with or without the chairmanship he covets.
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First Indiana Bank's sale timing paid offRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Greg Andrews
First Indiana Corp.'s announcement that it would be sold to Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. for $529 million in cash came just 17 days after sale discussions began. Banking observers have speculated for weeks that First Indiana acted fast to cut a deal before it would have to report second-quarter results.
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Once-hot cooler company's new owners trying to rejuvenate businessRestricted Content

March 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
After almost 60 profitable years that saw Elliott-Williams Co. install walk-in refrigerators and freezers in almost every Indiana school, hospital and hotel, the venerable firm was brought to its knees last year. But an unlikely savior, a new locally based venture capital firm, bought EW out of bankruptcy for $507,000, about the cost of 10 EW walk-ins.
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Changes flowing at Delta; is sale next?Restricted Content

March 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Amid sagging profits, locally based Delta Faucet Co. has parted ways with two of its top executives. And some analysts think Delta's parent corporation--tiring of its sagging performance--is considering selling the faucet manufacturer.
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Brightpoint's buy turns the tablesRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
On Feb. 20, Plainfield-based cell phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. announced a blockbuster deal to buy Dangaard, its largest European rival, for $308 million, a reversal of fortunes from five years ago between the competitors.
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Buyout boom isn't all bad for HoosiersRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Announcements that major Indiana companies have been acquired are traditionally met with trepidation. But a rash of recent buyouts of Indiana companies shows they're not always bad news.
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