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Rare Run on PCH

‘Entirely New Type of Investor’ for Commercial Properties Along NB StretchIt’s rarely a bad time to sell a waterfront commercial property in Newport Beach, home to some of the most desirable—and expensive—real estate in California.

By Mark Mueller January 25, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Newspaper Takes Over Rival

Nguoi Viet Daily News Inc. in Garden Grove, publisher of Nguoi Viet Daily News, has taken over assets of competitor The Little Saigon News Inc., according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

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St. Joseph Health to Run Home Health Franchises

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health bought 26 Nurse Next Door franchises with an option to buy 12 more.

Manufacturer’s Recent Buy to Boost Sales by 50%

TECHNOLOGY: LoJack adds to satellite-heavy CalAmp’s line

CalAmp Corp.’s latest acquisition strengthens the company’s long-running diversification strategy crafted by Chief Executive Michael Burdiek.

Fox Head to Shift Workers from NorCal

Fox Head Inc. in Irvine said it plans to close its offices in Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County in June and relocate its finance, IT and sales operations to the motocross apparel and accessories manufacturer’s headquarters in Irvine.

PE Firm Acquires Canadian Companies

Windjammer Capital Investors, a private investment firm in Newport Beach, added two Canadian companies to its portfolio. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Convenience, Security Drive Call for ‘Smart’ Homes

Buyers Now Want Practical Innovation in Retrofits

A recent survey by Coldwell Banker reveals that the growth curve of connected-home devices, such as smart thermostats, door locks, smoke detectors and light switches, is on track to beat that of smartphones and tablets over the next five years, expanding from 20.7 million units in 2014 to 35.9 million units by 2017.

Alphaeon Diversifies With Technology, Hires Execs

Buy of Digital Company Deepens Social Efforts

Irvine-based Alphaeon Corp. is continuing to grow its healthcare technology presence.

Netlist Partners With Samsung in $23M Memory Deal

Co-Developed Product To Be Unveiled This Year

Netlist Inc.’s new joint venture with the world’s largest electronics company paves a path to produce a new hybrid storage-class memory product geared for cloud computing, big data, and server and storage customers that could ultimately reshape the Irvine-based company’s story on Wall Street.

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OC Weekly Sold

Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. in Irvine has purchased OC Weekly from Denver-based Voice Media Group Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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M-Flex Sold for $610M

One of China’s largest sheet metal suppliers is set to acquire Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. for $610 million.

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LinkedIn to Buy Costa Mesa Startup

LinkedIn plans to acquire Costa Mesa-based startup Connectifier on undisclosed terms.

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Taco Bell Q4 Profit Down in Up Year

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. fourth quarter operating profit fell 4.3% to $152 million, compared with the same period last year, while full-year operating profit increased 12% to $529 million.

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BP Cardboard Box Plant to Close

A 465,000-square foot corrugated box plant in Buena Park run by Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific LLC will close by Sept. 1, the company said.

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More Fox Head Ops to Irvine HQ

Fox Head Inc. in Irvine said it plans to close its offices in Morgan Hill in June and relocate its finance, IT, and sales operations to the motocross apparel and accessories manufacturer’s headquarters in Irvine.

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Tustin Case Maker Sold for $100M

Tustin-based smartphone battery case maker Mophie Inc. has been acquired for at least $100 million by rival Zagg Inc. in Utah.

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Kurion Sold for $350M

Irvine-based Kurion Inc., which played a key role in stabilizing the contaminated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan nearly four years ago, has been sold for $350 million to Paris-based nuclear cleanup specialist Veolia.

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Edwards Beats on Q4; Ups Guidance

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. beat analyst expectations on quarterly revenue and profit and boosted full-year expectations in a report issued after markets closed Tuesday.

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Boot Barn Beats; Shares Up

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. were up 29% in recent trading to a market cap of $188 million on the strength of its quarterly report issued yesterday.

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$125 Million for Banc of California

Irvine-based Banc of California is raising $125 million, for general corporate purposes, by issuing 5 million depositary shares or a total of 125,000 shares of its preferred stock.

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Freedom Auction Set

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California gave Freedom Communications Inc. the green light Monday to auction its assets on March 16.

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PIMCO Names Head of Europe Offices

Craig Dawson will replace Bill Benz in June as the global investment firm’s head of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Pac Merc Earned $12.1M in Q4

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bancorp reported profits of $12.1 million, or $0.53 per share in its most recent quarter, up from $287,000 in the same period last year.

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OC Bank Buy Closes

Irvine-based Orange County Business Bank merged with Seattle-based HomeStreet Inc. on Feb. 1.

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Broadcom Acquisition Closes

Broadcom Corp.’s $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Inc. in Singapore closed today, ending the Irvine chipmaker’s 20-year history as a locally based company.

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Windjammer Buys in Canada

Windjammer Capital Investors added two Canadian companies to its portfolio Thursday.