Mergers & Acquisitions

First Financial aims to use Flagstar deal as springboardRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A deal scheduled to close next month will give Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp the foothold it has long sought to build a major presence in the Indianapolis market.
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SHERLOCK: The sensibility of responsible acquisitionsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Russ Sherlock / Special to IBJ
In a time when capital for growth is hard to come by, acquisitions can provide a much-needed boost not only to an entrepreneur but also to our nation’s economic recovery.
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Celadon snub obscures other purchasesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Celadon Group has swallowed, whole or in part, nine trucking firms in as many years. But the acquisition momentum lurched to a halt late this month like a semi stopped by a runaway-truck ramp when it was rebuffed by Arkansas-based USA Truck. Since then, Celadon hasn’t signaled its next move.
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Maregatti Interiors acquired by HKS architectural firm

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest commercial interior design business has been purchased by the national architecture firm that designed Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Baker & Daniels completes merger with Minneapolis law firm

October 12, 2011
Scott Olson
One of the city’s largest and oldest law firms said Wednesday that it has completed its merger with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP. It will operate as Faegre Baker Daniels beginning Jan. 1.
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Klipsch purchase helps fuel Audiovox sales

October 12, 2011
Audiovox's CEO credited Klipsch with helping Audiovox report strong financials Tuesday. Audiovox completed its purchase of the Indianapolis speaker maker in March.
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Law firm merger activity on the riseRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Ice Miller is among the firms that merged this year and Baker & Daniels is exploring a merger.
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Herff Jones jumps into cheerleadingRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Yearbook-and-class-ring maker Herff Jones on Aug. 1 bought Memphis-based Varsity Brands, the top supplier of cheerleader uniforms, as well as the force behind cheerleading’s evolution into a stand-alone sport. Varsity will bring Herff about $250 million in annual revenue through its uniform sales, training camps and competitions.
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Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Baker & Daniels in merger talks with Minneapolis firm

August 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' second-largest law firm could complete a deal with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP in October. A need to get larger and to establish a regional presence is fueling the talks.
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Herff Jones completes Varsity Brands acquisition

August 1, 2011
The Indianapolis-based class ring and yearbook maker has completed its acquisition of Memphis-based Varsity Brands, which manufactures and distributes apparel for cheerleading and dance activities.
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UPDATE: Medco acquisition could lead to local consolidation

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
It’s not yet clear how Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions will affect the companies’ central Indiana operations—or their 800-plus employees at two facilities here.
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Pfizer won’t break up animal unit for potential Lilly bid

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, said it isn’t interested in breaking up its animal health unit after Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. expressed interest in buying some of its products.
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Merger of key airlines at Indianapolis grounds three flightsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
It's more difficult to get to New York LaGuardia and some other business hubs following the combination of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways.
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Stanley Black & Decker keys in on overseas security market

June 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Connecticut-based company on Monday agreed to buy Sweden’s Niscayah Group AB for $1.2 billion—its biggest deal since Stanley Works’ $4.4 billion purchase of Black & Decker Corp.
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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.
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Pilots OK cuts, allowing Republic to pursue restructuring plan

June 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Frontier Airlines pilots overwhelmingly approved concessions that will allow parent Republic Airways Holdings Inc. to pursue a $120 million restructuring at the unprofitable unit. Indianapolis-based Republic bought Frontier out of bankruptcy in 2009.
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IU Health strikes deal with Central Indiana Cancer Centers

June 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Central Indiana Cancer Centers sold its five facilities to IU Health and transferred its 150 employees to the Indianapolis-based hospital system. The 16 physicians in the practice will remain independent, but they have signed a service agreement with IU Health that pulls the two entities into a tight embrace.
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Republic pins Frontier Airlines’ fate to pilot vote on savings

June 16, 2011
Bloomberg News
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is counting on pilots approving concessions to kick-start a $120 million restructuring plan at its Frontier Airlines unit, 20 months after buying the carrier out of bankruptcy.
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Local motorsports supplier acquiring safety gear vendor

June 15, 2011
Atlanta-based Racer Wholesale has helped build national recognition for G-Force Racing Gear, which supplies racers with helmets, driving suits, gloves, shoes and other safety gear.
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WellPoint paying almost $800M for CareMore

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. agreed to acquire CareMore Health Group to expand Medicare coverage in California, Arizona and Nevada. The insurer paid almost $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
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Sleepy Klipsch buyer out to make some noiseRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Audiovox Corp., the Hauppauge, N.Y.-based company that recently bought the high-end audio firm Klipsch Group, hopes to use the $167 million deal to win over Wall Street.
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Franciscan Alliance takes control of VNS home health agency

May 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Visiting Nurse Service Inc., a 200-employee agency based in Indianapolis, will operate under the umbrella of Franciscan St. Francis Health, the organizations announced Thursday.
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Law firm towers after acquisitions

May 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Barnes & Thornburg's entrance into the Los Angeles market earlier this year capped off a string of office openings that vaulted it into an elite national player.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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