Public Companies

Lilly makes $6.5B acquisitionRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter played a game of pharmaceutical poker with former Lilly Chief Financial Officer Jim Cornelius—and won.
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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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WellPoint shares sufferRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
J.K. Wall
It was a bad year to be a shareholder of most companies. But the value of the Indianapolis-based health insurer's stock lost more than 55 percent of its value during the year.
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Indians score $1.23 million profitRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
The Indianapolis Indians made $1.23 million this year on $8.7 million in revenue, according to the publicly traded company's most recent financial disclosure.
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Kite drops about 10 percent of its staff as retail market floundersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has joined local peers Duke Realty Corp. and Lauth Group Inc. in laying off employees as it copes with dried-up credit and a soft retail market.
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Bold bets on Hoosier firms yield horrific results so farRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value, leaving them way, way below break-even.
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State public company execs grab up stock as prices fallRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
J.K. Wall
The unprecedented plunge on Wall Street the last three months has spurred a couple of dozen executives and directors at Indiana public companies to scoop up shares in their own companies.
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Analyzing intrinsic value unearths some bargain stocksRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
investors looking at business valuations likely will conclude there are companies selling at prices less than their intrinsic values.
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Green Mountain entrepreneur compiles 17-percent stake in struggling Noble Roman's

November 24, 2008
Cory Schouten
Robert P. Stiller, a lifelong entrepreneur who built Green Mountain into a wholesale coffee giant with 7,000 customers and $500 million in revenue, owns 3.4 million shares, or 17 percent of the Noble Roman's company.
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HHGregg looks to grow as other consumer electronic businesses falterRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Greg Andrews
HH Gregg has grown from a local to a national consumer electronic store chain and has its eye on expanding further, given Circuit City's bankruptcy filing.
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Steak n Shake seeks younger customersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake hopes to create buzz with its new marketing plan targeting youth.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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Former Conseco director liable for some unpaid stock loansRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Dennis E. Murray Sr. was declared liable in October by U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney for at least some of the millions of dollars he borrowed to buy Conseco stock in the late 1990s.
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Steak n Shake CEO ordering up cost cuts, but shares still sagRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Cory Schouten

The Steak n Shake Co. has dropped plans to build 20 new restaurants, is cutting overhead expenses by about $20 million, and closed 14 locations. The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain found $16 million in tax savings dating back to 2006 and is working on a new, simple menu built around burgers, fries and milkshakes--all part of a turnaround plan orchestrated by the chain's new CEO, Sardar Biglari.


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Emmis' market value in free fall as radio industry takes beatingRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

For more than two years, Smulyan, 61, has been unflaggingly optimistic during quarterly conference calls. But since early 2007, Emmis' stock has fallen 84 percent, shrinking the company's stock market value from $307 million to $48 million. The troubles have cast uncertainty over one of Indianapolis' highest-profile businesses.


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Simon Property Group exploring overseas marketsRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Cory Schouten

Simon Property Group Inc. has been readying its balance sheet and sizing up buyout targets in hopes of capitalizing on a worldwide markdown on shopping-center owners.


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Hat World shows sign of recovering from lackluster yearRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Chip Cutter

The locally based headwear retailer Hat World made a name for itself by snatching up competitors and opening hundreds of stores around the country. However, after sluggish sales in the fiscal year that ended Feb. 2, the company--a unit of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc.--says it plans to open fewer stores than usual this year so officials can put their focus back on existing operations.


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Marsh sues Roche over sublease dealRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Cory Schouten

Two giants of local business are preparing to slug it out in court over a soured sublease deal. Marsh Supermarkets filed suit in Hamilton County this month to enforce a deal with Swiss pharmaceutical and medical-equipment powerhouse Roche to sublease the grocer's entire 148,000-square-foot headquarters in Fishers. The deal, worth more than $47 million over 18 years, is one of the largest of its kind in central Indiana in years.


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Ailing Steak n Shake rehires ad agency, but will pact stick?Restricted Content

June 30, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Local advertising powerhouse Young & Laramore signed a new contract with Steak n Shake, one of its flagship clients, just two weeks ago, but ad industry observers can't help but wonder if the 18-year-old relationship is about to run its course. Before the ink on the contract was dry, the struggling hamburger chain had a new board chairman who is likely to shuffle Steak n Shake's executive suite and take the company in a new direction.
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At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.
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Conseco wins $29M judgment in latest round of legal warRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. has won another round in court against former Merchants National Bank CEO James D. Massey this month, ringing up a $29 million judgment against him in a court in Illinois. But Massey shows no sign of throwing in the towel in the years-long litigation over millions he borrowed to buy Conseco stock. Massey was a director of Conseco from 1994 to 2000.
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HHGregg tuned into growthRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Cory Schouten
Undeterred by a rocky economy, locally based electronics retailer HHGregg is trailblazing into new markets on a quest to quadruple in size. The firm's "price and advice" mantra seems to be catching on. That's no surprise to Jerry Throgmartin, a 33-year veteran of Gregg who has served as the company's chairman and CEO since 2003.
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WellPoint 401(k) participants sue over decline in stock priceRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
J.K. Wall
Angela Braly, Wayne DeVeydt and the rest of the top brass at WellPoint Inc. face wrath over the company's recent stock swoon from a new group: ex-employees. Four former WellPoint workers have filed lawsuits against the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant over the losses its 401(k) retirement plan suffered in March when the company slashed its profit forecast for the year.
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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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