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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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Angie's List COO joining One Click Ventures

April 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Scott Brenton, the departing chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based Angie’s List Inc., is joining One Click Ventures LLC in Greenwood.
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Simon CEO lands $137 million in compensation

April 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
David Simon must remain CEO of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group for at least six years to see any of the $120 million in special stock awards the company’s board of directors awarded him last year, and must stay on eight years to reap the full amount.
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New Lilly drug has small sales potential

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s newest drug is a boon for Alzheimer’s research but is likely to bring the Indianapolis drugmaker less than $100 million in annual sales—at least initially, according to one of the few analysts to make a forecast.
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Bankers Life paying $10M fine following securities probe

April 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
CNO Financial Group Inc. has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle allegations by regulators in four states that its Bankers Life subsidiary acted as an investment adviser and broker-dealer without proper state licensing.
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Compensation dips slightly for WellPoint brass

April 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Angela Braly, CEO of the Indianapolis-based health insurance company, received total compensation of nearly $13.3 million, down 1.5 percent from the $13.5 million she made the previous year.
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Supreme skepticism boosts WellPoint stock

April 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Wall Street's favorable reaction came not only because harsh questioning by the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices put in doubt the health reform law’s mandate that all Americans buy health insurance, but also because the justices raised the possibility that they would strike down requirements that insurers accept all customers, regardless of health.
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Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Sale of Fortune Industries would take company private

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The company is set to be purchased by CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler. But several law firms are investigating the sale for potential unfairness on behalf of shareholders.
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State's largest private company plans to go public

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Evansville-based Berry Plastics Group Inc., a container maker owned by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC, on Friday filed to sell up to $500 million of stock in an initial public offering.
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Dynamics in place to mint public companies aplentyRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis attorneys say numerous local private firms are on the IPO sidelines, mulling whether to try to capitalize on the strengthening economy and improving investor appetite for new issues.
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Analysts lukewarm to Allison ahead of market debut

March 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Shares of Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. are expected to begin trading Thursday, but the early reaction to the IPO from analysts is lukewarm. The locally based company’s private-equity owners are offering 21.7 million shares for $22 to $24 apiece, which could raise as much as $522 million.
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Fuel prices wreak havoc on Republic Airways turnaroundRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Greg Andrews
If the cost of aircraft fuel continues to approach $3.50 a gallon, 2012 fuel costs for the company's Frontier unit fuel will end up $40 million higher than the business plan.
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Simon Property Group goes on $3.5B mall spending spree

March 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis mall owner is expanding its global profile, agreeing to buy a controlling stake in a French firm with a 271-property European portfolio. Simon also is buying out a partner in its Mills portfolio closer to home.
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Lilly to try again to remove poison-pill provisions

March 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s board is once again recommending the removal of a provision that makes the company an almost impossible target for hostile takeovers. The same proposal has fallen slightly short at each of the past two annual shareholder meetings.
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Arcadia: Don't buy our stock

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc. is telling shareholders not to buy its stock because it is out of cash and faces a $40 million pile of debt that comes due on April 1.
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Allison Transmission seeks $522M in initial public offering

March 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., the former parts unit of General Motors Co., is seeking to raise as much as $522 million for its private-equity owners in an initial public offering.
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Cummins thinks global with executive appointmentsRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The company said its new internal structure is to ensure that Cummins maintains high ethical standards as it grows throughout the world.
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Soaring revenue at Angie's List impresses analysts

February 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Angie's List beat analysts’ revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company, seeing results from a marketing campaign that drove up expenses.
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Brightpoint shares slide after it lowers forecast on loss of customer

February 22, 2012
Shares of the wireless-device logistics provider fell more than 8 percent Wednesday morning after the company lowered its annual earnings guidance in response to the loss of a major customer.
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Angie’s List expected to continue financial losses

February 22, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based company should post a loss of 11 cents per share when it reports its first earnings as a public company on Wednesday afternoon. But at least one analyst is upbeat about its long-term prospects.
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Disappointing quarter puts WellPoint brass on hot seatRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts say the company has struggled to generate the consistent earnings that rivals have, in part because of mispricing of its Medicare Advantage senior coverage.
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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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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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