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Bioanalytical taps accountant for turnaround

July 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
With spending running well ahead of revenue, West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. ousts its CEO in favor of its CFO.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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Heartland Bancshares approves acquisition by HorizonRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
The deal, effective July 17, will give the Michigan City bank its first presence in Central Indiana.
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Lawsuit: Smulyan angling for Emmis buyoutRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Greg Andrews
Jeff Smulyan has been considering a new plan to buy out other Emmis Communications Corp. shareholders—a deal that could clear the way for him to finally take the Indianapolis media company private. But Emmis’ founder and CEO insists he has no plans to do so.
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PROXY CORNER: Vera Bradley Inc.

June 23, 2012
Vera Bradley Inc., 2208 Production Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46808, sells handbags, accessories, paper-and-gift items and travel items through 55 retail stores, nine outlet stores, 3,300 specialty stores and through verabradley.com.
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Lilly resumes $3B stock buyback program, declares dividend

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
The local pharmaceutical giant plans to complete the program started in 2000 by repurchasing $420 million in shares by the end of the year. And on Tuesday, it declared a regular dividend of 49 cents.
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WellPoint lowers earnings forecast after $90M legal bill

June 18, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. said it is lowering its profit forecast for the year by 3 percent after reaching a $90 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
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Analysts say Angie's List on path to profitability

June 16, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Angie's List hasn’t made a profit since it was founded nearly 17 years ago. But analysts think the company that offers consumer-written reviews of service providers is on track to become profitable in 2014.
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Largest Indiana public companies mostly fared well in 2011Restricted Content

June 16, 2012
Performance varied widely as industries ebbed, flowed.
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WellPoint settlement: $90M for former Anthem members

June 15, 2012
Scott Olson
The federal lawsuit was set to go to trial June 18 in Indianapolis. The claims arise from Anthem's 2001 conversion from a mutual company, owned by its insured policyholders, to a public company.
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Lilly sinks $20M into Chinese firm for 'branded generic' drugs

June 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. has invested $20 million in Chinese pharmaceutical company Novast Labs in an effort to build up a portfolio of branded generic medicines in the fast-growing Asian market.
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Fortune buyout would help exec out of financial jamRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Greg Andrews
Sale to managers would alleviate problems for company's 70-year-old namesake and keep firm from being seized by bank.
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PROXY CORNER: Emmis Communications Corp.

June 9, 2012
Emmis Communications Corp., One Emmis Plaza, 40 Monument Circle, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (www.emmis.com), is a media company that owns radio stations and magazines.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Greg Andrews
IBJ's annual review of proxy statements for Indiana public companies found senior executives' median compensation rose 14 percent in 2011. But that analysis uses the fair market value of stock and options awards on the date they were granted. If a company's stock price surges, executives can make out far better. (with searchable database)
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BASI promises 'never again' after big losses

May 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
Bioanalytical Systems Inc.’s new CFO won praise this month for laying out an aggressive cost-cutting plan—but not before the rest of the company’s leaders got a tongue lashing for their past performance.
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Activists plan to protest WellPoint political giving at meeting

May 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A mix of union groups, activist investors and single-payer advocates will call for increased disclosure from WellPoint, and some investment funds will vote against WellPoint board members who they say have failed to exercise proper oversight of WellPoint’s political spending.
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Klipsch helps parent firm double cash flow

May 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based speaker maker now owned by Voxx International posted year-end sales of $169.5 million, which appeared to be flat compared with prior periods.
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First-quarter profit, revenue flat for Noble Roman’s

May 15, 2012
The pizza franchisor earned $365,079 in the quarter ended March 31. But it continues to see more growth from take-n-bake products in grocery stores.
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Lilly: Forget Alzheimer's; think diabetes

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
For more than a year, Eli Lilly and Co. has been viewed by investors as a laggard stock with one, slim shot at producing a huge jackpot: its experimental Alzheimer’s drug. But now company leaders are trying to direct investor attention toward the drugmaker’s diabetes portfolio.
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Six Hoosier firms among country’s 500 largest

May 7, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. topped the list of Indiana companies, ranking 45th. Locally, Eli Lilly and Co. and BrightPoint Inc. also made Fortune magazine's latest annual ranking of the 500 largest corporations based on revenue.
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Growth tear swells Simon Property GroupRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. this year joined the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index, a listing of the nation’s largest and most established companies including Apple, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. The Indianapolis-based company is the only real estate company on the list and is now the largest real estate company in the world.
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After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimbleRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis media company is on track to have less than $75 million in debt by this summer—down from $1.6 billion before it launched the divestiture of its TV stations seven years ago.
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Allison earnings rise on surging sales

April 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. saw profits rise 57 percent, to $58 million, in the first quarter, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer announced Monday. The earnings announcement was Allison’s first since it went public in March.
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SKARBECK: Investors, boards at odds over executive pay, powerRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Perhaps now we will see more shareholders oppose excessive pay, putting more pressure on corporate boards to come up with reasonable compensation plans.
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Motley Fool puts Angie's List IPO on its 'toxic' listRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Investor site pans companies whose stock advanced in spite of years of losses.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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