A news summary focused on big employers; updated 7:43 p.m.
NTT DATA said it will add 300 jobs at its Louisville center to bolster its financial services offerings. The expansion comes only three years after NTT opened its North America Service Delivery Center in the city. The company is based in Plano, Texas (press release).
FORD said all 14 directors were re-elected to the board last week during the annual shareholders meeting. But the best-paid of them, Edsel Ford II, faced the most opposition (SEC). Ford, 67, has been on the board since 1988, and is a great-grandson of the company’s founder. Last year, the automaker paid him $915,609 in fees — far more than any other director. That included $650,000 under a 1999 consulting agreement he has with the company (proxy report). Also, Executive Vice President James Farley sold 78,042 shares yesterday at $13.31 each for a total $1.1 million (SEC). Ford’s stock closed at $13.14, down 1.4%.
HUMANA issued a progress report on its goal to improve health outcomes 20% in communities where it does business by 2020 (press release); full report.
PIZZA HUT is giving beer-infused crusts a trial run in London (Mirror).
KFC has just opened the world’s first human-free fast food restaurant in Shanghai (Yahoo Tech). And a British newspaper wins today’s prize for worst pun use in a story: “Hundreds of fried-chicken lovers were counting their clucky stars this morning at the opening of KFC’s new Nottinghamshire eatery (Nottingham Post).”
In other news, Gannett has substantially raised its hostile bid for The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other Tribune Publishing Co. newspapers by 22%, to $15 a share from $12; Tribune’s board has so far rebuffed the Courier-Journal’s parent company (regulatory filing).
The popular Highlands Asian restaurant Joy Luck is opening a second location, in the East End (Insider Louisville). The Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park’s 11th annual charity walk raised more than than $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Courier-Journal).
Louisville entrepreneur Stephen Reily is among seven candidates vying for one of the most sought-after seats on the 26-member Metro Council — the Highland’s District 8 — as voters head for the polls today (Insider Louisville).
A news summary, with a special focus on big Louisville employers; updated 4:54 p.m.
UPS just announced that its corporate foundation will explore using drones to deliver life-saving medicines such as blood and vaccines are delivered across the world. The foundation has awarded an $800,000 grant to support the initial launch in Rwanda (press release). Here’s the foundation’s GuideStar page, including annual IRS tax returns.
FORD: A top executive now says that while dropping the two-tier wage system increased labor costs, it eliminated a major source of anxiety in the automaker’s plants (Automotive News).
AMAZON: 1,500 Amazon shareholders want the company to stop selling Trump-branded products (Fast Company). CEO Jeff Bezos has sold 1% of his stake — just over one million shares — worth $671 million. The stock was sold last Thursday according to a predetermined schedule called an SEC Rule 10b5-1 plan, and takes his stake down to 17% of the company from 17.5% (New York Post). Regulatory filing. Amazon shares closed this afternoon at $679.75, up less than 1%.
CHURCHILL DOWNS: Only 17 people were arrested in and around the namesake track on Derby Day (Courier-Journal).
KINDRED: Why the healthcare giant isn’t content being the No. 1 home health provider, according to CEO Benjamin Breier (Home Healthcare News).
In other news, Metro Council President David Yates is expected to introduce an amendment today exempting Airbnb and other short-term rentals from some regulations during major events, such as the Kentucky Derby (WFPL). Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has filed for bankruptcy (Courier-Journal).
Newspaper publisher Tribune Publishing Co. said its board had adopted a shareholder rights plan — popularly known as a “poison pill” — in a bid to thwart Courier-Journal owner Gannett Co.’s unsolicited $815 million takeover offer (Reuters).
KINDRED said it plans to make presentations at two upcoming investor conferences later this month (press release). Also, the company held a first-quarter earnings conference call with analysts at 9 a.m. today. How to listen to the replay; the company released results yesterday (press release). And the board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents a share (press release). Shares closed at $13.44 down 7.3% this afternoon.
HUMANA just filed its first-quarter 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also, the insurer may exit some states’ insurance exchanges next year, the company said during its first-quarter report yesterday (Business First, Insider Louisville and CJ). In the pre-market, shares were basically flat at $175.70.
In other news, the Powerball jackpot is now a staggering $415 million, the ninth-largest potential payout in U.S. history, after no winning numbers were drawn last night; next drawing is Saturday (WAVE). Last night’s numbers: 30 47 57 66 69 3. How to play. Also, Norton Healthcare is adding four operating rooms to the Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital in the Dupont area as part of a 7,000 square-foot addition (Business First).
Led by CEO Paul Varga, Brown-Forman executives yesterday disclosed a slew of stock transactions in a series of notices with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Varga sold 11,566 Class A shares at $103.71 each for a total $1.2 million in what appears to be tax-driven trade, according to this SEC Form 4. All SEC filings. Class A shares recently traded for $102.13, down 1%.