Public Companies

Bounty on Braly? $1.4 billion

September 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
Investors who called strongly for the head of WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly got what they wanted last week. In response, they bid up WellPoint's share price by $1.4 billion on the day after she resigned.
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Rival's strong results have WellPoint playing catch-up

August 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealth has been enjoying healthy profits, growing customer rolls and a rising stock price—things the Indianapolis insurer has been unable to match. That tough comparison lies behind some of the investor attacks on WellPoint CEO Angela Braly.
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WellPoint dragged into Goldman Sachs suit

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion offer for Virginia-based Amerigroup Inc. apparently wasn’t the only—or even the most lucrative—offer for the Medicaid managed care company. But it was the deal surest to come to fruition before a key deadline for a big payout for Goldman Sachs & Co., according to a shareholder lawsuit filed Aug. 16 against the Amerigroup board of directors.
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Cummins cools off, but Seymour expansion still in worksRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Dan Human
Cummins Inc.—a company that quadrupled its profits in two years—has shifted to cost-cutting mode amid a drop in global sales, but the Columbus-based engine manufacturer says it’s still on track to increase sales from $18 billion in 2011 to $30 billion in 2015.
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Steak n Shake customer traffic up in latest quarter

August 14, 2012
Biglari Holdings Inc., parent of Steak n Shake, said Friday that customer traffic to the restaurant chain grew 2.2 percent during the quarter ended July 4, boosting same-store sales 2.9 percent.
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New student-loan effort adding to ITT backlashRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
For-profit school operator ITT Educational Services Inc. told investors late last month that it had worked out a tentative deal with an outside party that would provide $100 million in loans to its students.
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Alzheimer's quest puts Lilly to test

August 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Odds are long that Eli Lilly and Co.'s leading Alzheimer's drug will show positive results when its Phase 3 trial results are released within a few weeks, but even the smallest improvement in the cognitive impairment of test patients would be a home run for Lilly.
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Simon Property directors sued over CEO’s pay

August 8, 2012
Bloomberg News
The board of the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner wrongfully authorized a compensation package for CEO David Simon that included $120 million in special stock awards, a Louisiana pension fund claimed in the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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Some banks beginning to raise dividendsRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Some of the most telling signs that banks finally may be recovering from the economic downturn are their decisions to begin increasing dividends.
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Baldwin & Lyons sees quarterly profit on fewer disasters

August 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. on Thursday reported a profitable second quarter, a year after a series of major natural catastrophes caused a big loss for the transportation industry insurer.
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HHGregg posts quarterly loss on poor TV sales, as expected

August 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Disappointing sales at stores open at least a year dragged Indianapolis-based HHGregg Inc. to a rare quarterly loss, the appliance and electronics retail chain said on Thursday.
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Emmis shareholders fight bylaw changes on dividends

July 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Investors asked U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis for an order blocking a special meeting at which Emmis shareholders will be asked to approve bylaw changes wiping out more than $34 million in accrued and unpaid preferred stock dividends.
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Lilly braces for decline in Europe

July 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
Austerity and upheaval in Europe have not hurt Eli Lilly and Co.’s $4 billion-a-year drug business there, but the company is moving forward with plans to survive a coming swoon anyway.
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BrightPoint merger talks driven by 'deal certainty'Restricted Content

July 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
When BrightPoint officials saw conditions in the cell phone distribution business take a turn for the worse, they were quick to cash out while the going was still good.
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Angie's List shares plunge after wider quarterly loss

July 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Angie's List Inc. saw revenue jump 74 percent in the second quarter, but the Indianapolis-based contractor-ratings service continued to see growing losses as the result of higher marketing expenses. The company's stock fell more than 10 percent Thursday.
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HHGregg setbacks reflect deeper woes, some fear

July 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Retailer's operating income is the same as five years ago, even though it has triple the number of stores.
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PROXY CORNER: The Finish Line Inc.

July 21, 2012
The Finish Line Inc., 3308 N. Mitthoeffer Road, Indianapolis, www.finishline.com, is a specialty retailer of brand-name athletic and leisure footwear, activewear and accessories.
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BrightPoint settles two suits against rival Brightstar

July 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Both lawsuits involved former BrightPoint executives hired by Brightstar who had access to the local firm’s innermost workings and strategies. The suits, filed in Marion Superior Court, were dismissed Wednesday.
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Quarterly profit, revenue slides at Emmis

July 12, 2012
The Indianapolis-based media company reported a larger loss on falling revenue in its fiscal first quarter, mostly due to the sale of a group of radio stations and cheaper advertising rates.
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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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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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