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Kite Realty misses out on REIT revivalRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has stuck pretty closely to the REIT recession playbook: Renegotiate debt, sell new shares, cut dividends, and set the development engine to idle. But as the shares of most publicly traded real estate investment trusts have bounced back from the lows in March, Kite’s shares have lagged.
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Fortune ekes out profit on falling revenue

July 13, 2009
Indianapolis-based Fortune Industries Inc. managed a small profit in its third quarter and now has turned a profit in each of its last three quarters, the company announced this morning.
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Brightpoint shareholder selling shares

July 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Brightpoint Inc. said this morning shareholder NC Telecom Holding A/S would sell 15 million common shares in a public offering.
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Debt maneuvers help Emmis turn quarterly profit

July 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. reported a quarterly profit today after buying back a big chunk of its own debt on the cheap, but the outlook for the company remains grim. The radio broadcaster and magazine publisher saw revenue plunge 27 percent.
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Steak n Shake sales, traffic rise

July 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Steak n Shake Co. yesterday reported big increases in customer traffic and same-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1. Customer traffic rose 13.4 percent and same-store sales jumped 5 percent in the quarter compared to the same period a year ago, it said in a brief Securities and Exchange filing.
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HHGregg accelerates store-opening plans

July 8, 2009
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc. said this morning that the bankruptcy of competitor Circuit City should enable the company to open more stores within the next few years than previously expected.
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If Dow AgroSciences sells, let's hope it's not to a rivalRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
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Board battle brewing at BioanalyticalRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
West Lafayette-based life sciences contract research firm Bioanalytical Systems Inc. has five directors on its board. If company founder Pete Kissinger has his way, four of them will soon be replaced.
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David Simon named among world's best CEOsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The big cheese at Simon Property Group is wedged among the "top gun" executives in the U.S.
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Half of state's public-company CEOs saw pay rise in 2008

June 22, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For investors, 2008 was the worst year since the Great Depression. Even so, more than half of the state's public-company executives saw the value of their pay packages rise from 2007—despite the fact that only 10 of the companies posted a positive total return in 2008, and 46 companies shed more than one-third of their stock market value.
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VIEWPOINT: CEOs, do you deserve your salaries?Restricted Content

June 22, 2009
John Guy
An exaggerated share of the nation's wealth is paid to CEOs of public companies, their minions and directors, through agreements made inside boardrooms, by highly compensated individuals who commit shareholders' money and are not subject to effective oversight.
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Express Scripts closer to $4.7B WellPoint deal

May 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Express Scripts Inc. has cleared an antitrust review for its planned purchase of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.'s pharmacy benefits management business, bringing the $4.7 billion deal closer to completion.
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Activist shareholder makes case against Conseco's boardRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
An activist shareholder vying to become a director of Conseco Inc. says the insurance company's board "completely misjudged" the risks it faced when it emerged from bankruptcy in 2003 and hasn't recovered since. Now an independent shareholder advisory firm is siding with him.
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REITs get boost, not scorn, for selling cheap sharesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Greg Andrews
Here's more evidence we're in strange times: Indianapolis' real estate investment trusts have been issuing hundreds of millions of dollars of stock at woefully low prices—and getting a pat on the back from their shareholders for doing so.
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Bioanalytical Systems founder fights to be heardRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
It took Pete and Candace Kissinger 33 years to build West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. into one of the largest contract research firms in Indiana's life science sector. It took just a year and a half for them to turn against the company's new management.
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With pharma famine looming, Lilly relying on snack-size dealsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
Compared with some of his pharmaceutical CEO peers these days, John Lechleiter has his company on a diet. Instead of using a mega-merger to bulk up before the famine that patent expirations will bring on the industry next year, Lechleiter has Eli Lilly and Co. burning management fat while looking for smaller companies to munch on.
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Steak n Shake hoping to roll out lower-cost, limited-service storesRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
TV spots for Steak n Shake Co. used to play up the chain's full-service restaurants, complete with friendly servers, real plates and glass ketchup bottles—a departure from the "workaraunts" operated by McDonald's and Burger King. Now, Steak n Shake is developing plans for its own workaraunts.
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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.
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$4.7B WellPoint deal leaves workers in limbo

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Investors cheered this morning after WellPoint Inc. agreed to sell its pharmacy management unit to Express Scripts Inc., but the fate of about 2,100 WellPoint employees now is up in the air.
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WellPoint to sell subsidiary for $4.6B

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has agreed to sell its pharmacy benefits management arm for $4.675 billion in cash and stock to St. Louis-based Express Scripts, the companies announced April 13.
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Omnicity seeks financial turnaround, has 28 acquisitions in mind

April 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Dick Beltzhoover, a private investor in Omnicity Corp., a Carmel-based wireless broadband provider, has quietly taken the company public and has lofty plans to expand nationwide.
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Duke upends growth plan, focuses on paying debtRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
In this horrendous environment, nothing is more important for a debt-laden public company than proving it can pay its bills
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Mall giant says it's in good shape, but takes steps to conserve cashRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Cory Schouten
Despite assurances of strength, Simon Property Group Inc. has decided to pay 90 percent of its dividend in stock, a move that allows the company to hold onto $925 million in cash this year but could alienate shareholders drawn by the dividend.
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