Public Companies

Reduced production drives Calumet to a loss

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
High crude oil prices and lower production hurt the bottom line at Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, which Wednesday reported a $13.1 million first-quarter loss. It posted a $75.6 million profit in the first three months of 2009.
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Biglari Holdings targets auto-parts chain

May 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake restaurants is angling to acquire a huge stake in the Advance Auto Parts chain.
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PROXY CORNER: Brightpoint Inc.

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Brightpoint Inc. provides worldwide distribution and integrated logistics services to the wireless communications industry.
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Simon Property earnings fall on debt-retirement expenditures

April 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Funds from operations fell to $325.6 million, or 94 cents a share, from $476.8 million, or $1.61 a year earlier, the Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant said Friday morning.
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Earthquake shakes Baldwin's first-quarter profit

April 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The February earthquake in Chile sent first-quarter profit tumbling 90 percent at Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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Duke Realty reports leasing at 5-year high

April 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
Duke Realty Corp. handled more leasing activity last quarter than it has in any first quarter in five years, the locally based real estate investment trust said on Wednesday.
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Medco Health profits climb as it adds big clients

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco, which operates a major pharmacy and distribution center in Whitestown, got a boost from higher prices on brand-name drugs and from greater sales of more profitable generic drugs.
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Dow AgroSciences' profit rises despite lower revenue

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis unit of Dow Chemical sees quarterly profit rise 6 percent, to $384 million, despite an 8-percent dip in revenue. The parent company reports strongest quarterly results in more than a year.
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Interactive Intelligence reports strong profit, revenue

April 28, 2010
Interactive Intelligence's quarterly profit rises to $1.9 million, a 58-percent improvement over the first three months of last year.
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WellPoint profits rise, beat analysts' expectations

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer was helped in first quarter by a mild flu season, but it now expects to lose nearly 700,000 customers by year end.
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Cummins profit jumps on demand from emerging markets

April 27, 2010
Scott Olson
The Columbus-based engine maker sees sales increase in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.
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Celadon reports quarterly profit on higher revenue

April 27, 2010
The Indianapolis-based trucking company saw profit rise to $400,000 in its third quarter from a $2.1 million loss in the same period last year.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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