Public Companies

Cracker Barrel rebuffs Biglari

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cracker Barrel shareholders appear to have rejected Sardar Biglari’s move to join the restaurant chain’s board, but stopped short of passing a “poison pill” plan that would deter outside investors from taking over the business.
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Preferred shareholders blocking Emmis’ repurchase plans

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
The investors are concerned Emmis will gain voting rights to two-thirds of the preferred shares and that it would use that clout to get out of paying millions of dollars in dividends.
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Overseas rules change could pave way for Simon deals

December 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
New rules proposed for real estate investment trusts in the United Kingdom could help Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. as it seeks to expand its shopping mall dominance outside the United States.
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Third-quarter profit dips at OneAmerica

December 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica earned $15.4 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 53 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Most of that difference came from a 17-percent jump in policy benefit payments.
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ExactTarget has remade itself since last IPO bidRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Things change so fast in the technology world that the prospectus ExactTarget Inc. filed four years ago when it first sought to go public reads today almost like something from the floppy-disk era.
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Angie's List falls below offer price, adding to woes of new IPOs

November 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc. fell 9.2 percent on Tuesday, dropping below its initial public offering price for the first time and joining a crop of Internet companies that have lost value since their IPOs this year.
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Hillenbrand profit up 17 percent after Rotex deal

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
Hillenbrand Inc. said Monday its profit grew 17 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter after it acquired Rotex Global LLC.
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Investors across city hit jackpot in Angie's List IPORestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
The initial public offering price was $13, the high end of the range projected in regulatory filings. That price was more than quadruple the average price of $2.76 paid by prior investors.
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Struggling Ener1 receives $4.5M from investor

November 23, 2011
The parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel received the financing to continue operating while the company evaluates its options to reorganize debt.
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Local business bank parent reports third-quarter profit

November 18, 2011
Indiana Business Bancorp attributed its profit of 9 cents per share to higher non-interest income a lower loan-loss provision expense.
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Shoe Carnival quarterly earnings rise 15 percent

November 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana-based footwear and accessories company reported Thursday that its earnings rose to $10.5 million for the period ended Oct. 29, up from $9.1 million a year ago.
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Venture firm set to score on Angie's List, Groupon IPOs

November 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Battery Ventures’ investments in Angie’s List Inc. and Groupon Inc. have produced more than $440 million in paper profit after the Internet-commerce companies sold shares to the public this month.
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Angie’s List stock surges after shares hit market

November 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc. shares rose as much as 44 percent in their trading debut Thursday after the company raised $114 million Wednesday in its initial public offering. The stock closed the trading day up more than 25 percent, at $16.26 per share, after rising as high as $18.75 early in the morning.
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Angie's List IPO raises $114 million

November 16, 2011
Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc., the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service with more than 1 million paying members, raised about $114 million in its initial public offering Wednesday after pricing the shares at the top end of the proposed range.
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Cash-strapped Arcadia seeks DailyMed buyer

November 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based company is searching for a buyer for its once-promising DailyMed pharmacy service as it struggles to pay $30 million in debt that comes due in April.
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SEC filing: Ex-IPL chief Murtlow qualified for large payoutRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light chief Ann Murtlow left the utility this spring under terms of a separation agreement that would have entitled her to at least $404,410, according to documents the utility filed Nov. 3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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EnerDel parent dismantles executive team

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Ener1 Inc., the struggling parent company of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, continued its tumultuous year by naming a new CEO, president and chief financial officer.
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Remy International reports lower third-quarter profit

November 8, 2011
The Pendleton-based company filed plans in March to raise up to $100 million through an initial public offering.
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Duke Realty's massive office sale wins praise on Wall Street

November 5, 2011
Greg Andrews
Investors have bid up shares of Duke Realty 13 percent since the company announced it was selling a huge portfolio of office buildings for $1.1 billion.
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Catastrophes deliver more losses to Baldwin & Lyons

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
The auto and trucking fleet insurer lost $13 million, or 87 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with profit of $9.2 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.
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Angie’s List losses continue to climb

November 1, 2011
Scott Olson
In a Monday SEC filing, the company said it lost $43.2 million through the first nine months of 2011, pushing total losses since 2006 to $160.6 million. Angie's List filed in August to go public.
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Old National’s profit grows 41 percent

October 31, 2011
The Evansville-based financial services holding company reported third-quarter profit of $16.8 million. Earnings would have been even better without expenses related to its purchase of Integra Bank.
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Lilly fights view that fate hinges on Alzheimer's drugRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Analysts have eyes on trial data for drug that could be a game-changer for the company.
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PROXY CORNER: Cummins Inc.Restricted Content

October 29, 2011
Cummins Inc., 500 Jackson St., Columbus, Ind. 47202 (www.cummins.com) designs and manufactures diesel engines for automotive and industrial markets.
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Quarterly profit surges for trucking firm Celadon Group

October 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc.’s first-quarter profit grew nearly 23 percent, to $5.4 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of $141.5 million.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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