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April 19, 2012 | Joe DiStefano
Five Below Inc., the Center City-based chain of 192 kid-oriented dollar stores in 16 Eastern and Midwestern states, has hired Goldman Sachs and other brokers to lure investors for a $150 million initial public stock offering. The chain, founded in 2003 by former Zany Brainy toy-store owners David Schlessinger and Tom Vellios, has grown quickly, especially since investors led by Advent International Corp. of Boston pumped in $194 million in 2010. Five Below more than doubled its sales of cheap sports gear, snacks, party goods, and other middle-school accessories to $297 million in the year ended Jan. 11, from $125 million two years earlier, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
I received some interesting reactions from readers to Friday's column about the legacy of two pioneers of the region's biotechnology sector. I'd wondered aloud who might follow in the footsteps of Frank Baldino Jr. , the founder of Cephalon Inc. who died in December, and Hubert J.P. Schoemaker , the founder of Centocor Inc. who died in 2006. Both built large enterprises that continue to employ hundreds locally. In a comment posted online, Pennsylvania Bio president Christopher P. Molineaux listed seven local life-sciences entrepreneurs whom he suggested were walking that same path, including Steven Nichtberger , CEO of East Norriton-based Tengion Inc. , and Maxine Gowen , founder and CEO of King of Prussia-based Trevena Inc. In e-mails, readers in the biotech business mentioned how difficult it is to get from the point of drug discovery to putting actual product in consumers' hands.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
It is a problem so obvious you wonder why it hasn't already been solved: how to deliver online orders in a way that cuts the odds of missing a delivery or having a package stolen after drop-off to an apartment lobby, stoop, or an unsecured porch. One way Americans have worked around this, as their love affair with online shopping has grown in recent years, is to have deliveries sent to the office, which requires discretion and an indulgent boss. Or they suck up the status quo, unglue missed-delivery slips from the front door, and hope that, the next time, the truck comes when someone is home.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2011 | By Candice Choi, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The nation's biggest companies are spending more money on stock repurchases to keep investors happy. Standard & Poor's Corp. said Wednesday stock buybacks in the first quarter rose by 63 percent to $89.8 billion. That's up from $55.3 billion in the year-ago period. In the Philadelphia area, Airgas Inc., GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., Innovative Solutions & Support Inc., GSI Commerce Inc., and ViroPharma Inc. were among the companies that announced buybacks in the first quarter.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Companies may feel like waving a flag this Fourth of July, but after what was a volatile second quarter, it might not be Old Glory. High oil prices, fears of a possible debt default by Greece, and the effects of Japan's triple disaster on the global supply chain all contributed to the gyrations in the stock market and thus the value of public companies. The Inquirer/Bloomberg Philadelphia Index rose 2.81 percent between March 31 and June 30, outperforming the Dow Jones industrial average (up 0.77 percent)
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Old news: Companies have very few women on their boards of directors. Welcome news: Nutrisystem Inc. , of Fort Washington, and Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack , of Philadelphia, both just added a woman to their male- dominated boards. Unusual twist: It's the same woman. Andrea M. Weiss was appointed to Nutrisystem's board on March 4. Eight days later, Pep Boys added Weiss, 57, to its board. For the last decade, Weiss has been president and CEO of an Orlando-based boutique consulting practice called Retail Consulting Inc. Her resumé includes stops at retailers such as Ann Taylor , delia's , Guess , Intimate Brands , and The Limited . So it would seem self-evident why consumer-oriented companies like Nutrisystem (selling meal plans)
SPORTS
October 19, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com
YOU WON'T believe this, Occupy Philly: A bunch of rich guys bought the 76ers! Oh well. Get over it. Go to a game once in a while, will ya? Here are the investors, who include four Philadelphia-area natives and two Indonesians. Six of them are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, where they presumably took an advanced course in rejuvenating ailing NBA teams: Joshua Harris: Billionaire lead investor who will serve as the 76ers' managing owner and governor on the NBA Board of Governors.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What if solvent Germany stops bailing out Europe and goes back to its own, stronger money? That would make German products cost more. But privately owned German industrial-sensor and controls maker IFM Electronic GmbH won't have that problem. The company dedicated its new factory and labs in Malvern on Monday, and is adding more abroad. "We make eight million sensors a year," said Roger Varma , head of the $700 million (in yearly sales) company's IFM Prover USA Inc.me off the line at IFM's factory in Tettnang, Germany.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Breakup fees have been on my mind lately, and I'm not referring to what it may cost the Governator to end his marriage to Maria Shriver . Breakup fees, which in legalese are termination fees, are a part of many corporate acquisitions. They're the price for walking away from a deal. You can see why buyers and sellers want them. Who wants to spend all that time evaluating and negotiating a deal if the buyer can't close it or the seller opts for a better offer from someone else?
BUSINESS
December 31, 2012
Simon's Fund, a Plymouth Meeting nonprofit group that works to protect children from sudden cardiac arrest through free heart screenings, research, and legislative advocacy, has named the following officers to its board of trustees: Mark Koenig, a sales executive in the cardiac-rhythm management division of Boston Scientific, is chair. Kenneth Fair, a partner at Naulty, Scaricamazza & McDevitt, is vice chair and secretary. Named to the executive committee are: Mitchell Bednoff, a partner in Sage Financial Group.
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