Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Vizio Claims New Territory at SXSW

MEDIA: Artful documentary up for honors at annual festival

Add bonafide filmmaker to Vizio Inc.’s credits.

Masimo In Pitch for Niche at Tennis Tourney

HEALTHCARE: Consumer twist on medical device; ESPN spot

Irvine-based medical device maker Masimo Corp. will look to win a place in the world of big-time athletics as part of a marketing effort anchored by its sponsorship of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, which runs through this week.

Offices Top Priority for Big Investors Here Last Year

Money Shifts From Industrial, Multifamily

Deep-pocketed office investors flocked to Orange County last year looking for attractive investment yields while also betting on the market’s potential for rental growth over the next few years.

Title Work Stumbles in 2014 as Interest Rates Top 4%

New Home, Commercial Pick Up Some of Slack

Business for Orange County’s largest title insurers plummeted last year as refinance activity significantly declined.

Pyott’s Long-Term Memory; Freedom’s Call on Kushner

David Pyott was graceful as ever during the Leaders & Legends luncheon hosted by the Irvine Chamber just a few days before Allergan shareholders approved the company’s $70-billion-plus sale to Actavis.

Actavis to Send Medical Dermatology Line to OC

HEALTHCARE: Still no word on job additions, cutbacks here

The “new” Allergan Inc. is set to move its medical dermatology business to Irvine as part of its specialty pharmaceutical base in the wake of Actavis PLC’s $70 billion-plus buy of the Botox maker.

Blockbuster Sales Still Strong, Move Ahead in 2015

REAL ESTATE: $100M+ Deals Already Top 2014’s

2015 has the makings of a blockbuster year for large real estate deals, based on the first few months of transactions in Orange County.

Chapman, UCI Grow Business, Law Rep

EDUCATION: Lag others but show progress over last year

The full-time graduate business programs at Chapman University in Orange returned to a national ranking this year, and University of California-Irvine said graduates of its graduate business program ranked in the same report found improved job prospects from the year earlier.

Del Taco to Be Bought for $500 Million

Blank-check company Levy Acquisition Corp. said it plans to buy Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. in a deal that values Del Taco at about $500 million.

MetLife Tower in Irvine Co. Fold

Donald Bren’s Irvine Company owns 97% of the 58-story MetLife building in Manhattan, one of New York City’s best-known skyscrapers, according to a Bloomberg report.

New Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs at UCI

University of California-Irvine named Howard Federoff its new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, effective July 1.

Apparel Company Names CEO

Fox Head Inc. appointed Paul Harrington chief executive and director.

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website set to take entries until March 20

Is your workplace great? We want to know.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 38, No. 11

The Walt Disney Co. said it has no plans for a third theme park at the Disneyland Resort, dispelling long-running rumors, according to the Orange County Register.

February’s Top Sales Come in Newport Beach, Dana Point

Deals for Both Homes Above $11 Million

Two Orange County homes priced north of $11 million sold in February, one in Newport Beach and the other in Dana Point, with the latter fetching the full asking price.

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Optimism Prevails After Tumultuous Year at Biolase

New CEO Says ‘Critical Changes’ Position it Well

Irvine-based Biolase Inc.’s chief executive said he expects what he refers to as the laser device maker’s “transformation” to continue this year.

Newport Beach, Film Festival Go on London Tour

Promote City, Event With Help of Beach-Scene Bus

Marketing folks from Newport Beach & Co. and the Newport Beach Film Festival got on a bus to bring some sunshine to wintry London last month.

Office Vacancies Decline in Central, North OC

The Central and North Orange County office markets have traditionally trailed the Greater Airport Area and South Orange County office markets in terms of vacancy, average asking lease rates, and absorption of space, and 2014 was no different.

QLogic Gains Ground in Growing Ethernet Market

Establishes 13% Market Share in Equipment Sales

Aliso Viejo-based networking equipment maker QLogic Corp. has made big strides in carving out a niche in the burgeoning 10-gigabit Ethernet connection market, a competitive segment that’s drawn big industry players into the ring as storage needs and speedy data transfer become increasingly important to consumers and businesses.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Asset Management Consultants Inc. sold an office building in Anaheim to Marshall B. Ketchum University for $10.3 million, or about $127 per square foot.

Signs Point to Top Prices Paid for Beacon Park Land

Great Park Project Nears Irvine Co. on Lot Prices

Lot prices for the latest batch of homebuilding at Great Park Neighborhoods don’t appear to be cheap.

Country Club Teed Up for Sale?

127 Acres Along 55 Freeway Could Fetch Up to $250M

A handful of real estate developers have teed up big-dollar bids to gauge members’ interest in selling the Santa Ana Country Club.

OC Data Drill: M&A’s Long Reach

Deals Key as Alorica Tops $1B in Sales

Call center operator Alorica Inc. expects to double the size of its customer-service operations after its acquisition of several subsidiaries of Omaha-based West Corp. closed last week.

Mazda’s Latest Marketing Course: SXSW

Executives of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations will aim to keep their minds open as they gauge the brand’s first year as the official automotive sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, also known as SXSW.

DGWB Joins With High-Profile Creative in New Venture

DGWB Advertising and Communications in Santa Ana wants more.

Allergan Purchase Pushes M&A Past $90B in 2014

Value Doubled, Even Without $70B+ Sale of Drugmaker

Orange County-based companies were buyers and sellers in 303 corporate mergers and acquisitions in 2014, a year of robust local deal activity that involved slightly fewer deals and many more dollars.

Ben Up for Bill’s Old Spot?; Morr on Ports Drama

Anyone else see former Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke around Pimco’s HQ in Newport Center last week?

Glaucoma Specialist to Take Next Regulatory Step

HEALTHCARE: Device maker in Aliso Viejo has raised $77M

A well-funded eye device startup in Aliso Viejo is making regulatory progress in its quest to bring a new product to treat glaucoma to the U.S. market.

More Depart Irell in Wake of Hueston’s Move

LAW: ‘Self-contained’ group spins off; NB office sheds 14

Local law firms have been hiring attorneys away from Irell & Manella LLP’s Orange County and Los Angeles offices in the wake of the recent move by John Hueston and Brian Hennigan to form their own firm.

Broadcom Sales Vet CEO at Numecent

TECHNOLOGY: Cloud service provider seeks global expansion

The new chief executive of Irvine-based cloud service provider Numecent comes with top-level sales experience at Broadcom Corp.

Real Mex Names New Chief Executive

Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants Inc. named Bryan Lockwood its chief executive, a news report said.

Western Digital Unit Buys Software Firm

A San Jose-based unit of Western Digital Corp. acquired a maker of storage software for public and private cloud data centers.

Socks Maker Raises $50M for Stores

Stance Inc. in San Clemente raised $50 million from private investors to expand into underwear and open its own stores, according to the Wall Street Journal.

SJC Firm Buys Trade Shows, Magazines

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired several trade shows from New York-based Vendome Group LLC and Macfadden Communications Group LLC. Financial terms of the two transactions were not disclosed.

Hoag Takes Cardiac Care to Heart With New Center

HEALTHCARE: ‘Integrated’ services to keep patients in OC

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is boosting its heart care offerings with an eye toward keeping patients in Orange County.

PHILANTHROPY

The American Heart Association’s Orange County Go Red for Women Luncheon recently raised $435,000 to fund programs and research to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.