Peter J. Brennan

Executive Editor

Email: brennan@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 229

Recent Stories

CoreLogic Stock Jumps On $7B Unsolicited Bid

TECHNOLOGY: Foley: data ­firm not achieving potential

CoreLogic Inc. was quietly celebrating its 10th year as an independent company since being spun off by title insurer First American Corp.

Urovant’s New CEO Preps for Revenue Boost

DRUGMAKERS: Hiring 200+ for urology product

Few executives know urology like Jim Robinson.

OC’s Publicly Traded Companies Boost Market Caps 16%

STOCKS: Gains not widespread, 30 see drop

Orange County’s 50 biggest publicly traded companies reported a combined 16% gain in their market capitalizations for the 12 months ended June 30.

Midday Stock Roundup

Avid Bioservices jumps on Q4 Revenue Beat

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Carrick Capital Buys Flatiron from WeWork

Says Tech School Future of Learning

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CoreLogic Soars 25% After Takeover Offer

Bill Foley-led bid comes the day after CoreLogic Boosts Q2 Revenue, Profit

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Midday Stock Roundup

Healthcare companies hit

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Inari Medical’s IPO Growth Continues

DEVICES: Link, Inceptus-backed, $2B value

Irvine-based Inari Medical Inc., a medical device maker of products to treat patients suffering from blood clots and other diseases affecting veins, is taking quite the victory lap after its May initial public offering.

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Kaiser Aluminum CEO to Resign

Hockema to step down after almost 20 years as CEO

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OC Accounting Firms Grow 3.9% Despite Coronavirus

E&Y Reports 15% Annual Growth Again

Orange County’s accounting firms have managed, thus far, to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

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OC Accountants Interpret Fine Print on Coronavirus Rules

Local Experts Explain PPPs, NOLs, Taxes

This month marks 28 years since Kim Letch began her career at Ernst & Young LLP.

Increased Consulting Headcount: 3.1% Jump to 1,570

Accenture, Deloitte Exchange Top Spots

Growth slowed at Orange County’s management consulting firms, but didn’t fall off a cliff like other industries because of the coronavirus shutdown.

Canterbury Raising $82M for Equity Fund

Advisory Firm Adds Equity Investments

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Coronavirus Cases Again Hit Peak

About 213 average daily coronavirus cases were reported in the past week

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OC May Unemployment Rises to 14.5%

Coronavirus continues to have major effect; OC still adds 13,900 jobs

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Governor Orders Californians to Wear Masks

'Seeing too many people with faces uncovered'

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Average COVID-19 Cases Fall

First Decline in 5 Days

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Midday Stock Roundup

Alteryx continues rising after introducing new products.

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24 Hour Fitness to Shut 7 Clubs in OC

Plans include Irvine site at 405 Freeway, near John Wayne Airport

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LoanDepot’s Hsieh: From Fearful to Full-Throttle

FINANCE: Boom in mortgages, new hires

Could he have lost loanDepot.com?

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OC’s Largest Private Companies See 3.1% Sales Increase

Local Jobs Up 1% As of May

Orange County’s largest private companies kept chugging along in 2019 when they increased their revenue. The county’s 41 biggest private firms together had total revenue around $87.9 billion, a respectable 3.1% increase.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Fed halt interest rate hikes through 2022; stocks fly

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Ex-Opus CEO to Start New Bank

Gordon's `Genesis' to Focus on Small to Medium Size Companies, Real Estate

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No Coronavirus Deaths Reported Today

New cases plummet more than half to 113.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Beaten up sectors lead today's rally.

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First Foundation Hires Opus CFO

Thompson Joins After Opus Acquired by Pacific Premier

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Pacific Premier Completes $744M Opus Buy

New OC Banking Giant has $20B Assets

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LongTail Wins Q1 Bets On Falling Markets

FINANCE: Ex-Pimco exec offers ‘protection’

A Newport Beach investment firm has emerged as a superstar amidst the pandemic that broke out in February and March.

Brokers Report 9.4% Increase in Reps

Merrill Lynch Retains Top Spot

Rumors of the deaths of brokers may be slightly exaggerated this year, according to the Business Journal’s annual list.

OC Unemployment Jumps to 13.8%

County loses 222,400 jobs

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Pacific Dental Says Virus Devastating Industry

HEALTHCARE: Launches teledentistry offerings

$2B in revenue expected pre-pandemic; half-that now

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MVE Sees Building Projects Moving Ahead

ARCHITECTURE: McLarands finds work outside OC, state

During the 2008 Great Recession, Irvine-based architecture firm MVE & Partners Inc. was able to survive by finding work in China, where it designed 18 million square feet of projects—including more than 10 million square feet in the now infamous city of Wuhan.

UCI, OC to Conduct Coronavirus Survey

5K county residents in cohort

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OC Banks See Loan Deferments Rise

FINANCE: Pacific Premier buy of Opus still on

Bank execs on lending, results

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The Long Intermission

OC Arts Sector Struggles During Pandemic, Sees Business Model Turning Upside Down

First the good news ...

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Masimo Demonstrates Readiness for ‘Moment in History’

DEVICES: Most successful product rollout ever

If ever there was a case study of a company having the right products at the right time, medical device maker Masimo Corp. could be the subject.

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Temp Agencies See Growth Stalled

Place 11% Fewer Workers in 2019

Orange County’s largest employment agencies reported no growth in 2019, reflecting an industry that has stalled in the past three years, and is set for an uncertain future as unemployment rates ratchet up.

View From the Front Lines

Allied Universal CEO Sees Economy Reopening in Weeks

Wider skill set for guards these days

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OC Banks Swamped With SBA Lending

FINANCE: Processing PPP loans faster than normal

Part of $350B national push

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Top SBA Lenders Boost Production 77%

Irvine’s CDC Wins Title for 2nd Year

The Business Journal’s annual list of lenders in the Small Business Administration program isn’t so much the calm before the storm as it is the storm before the tornado before the hurricane.

Entrepreneur Switches Into Fast Lane

Finds Room to Run in Classic Car Storage

After years in the corporate world, Dean Morash at the age of 55 decided to form his own business, So Cal Classic Car Storage in Laguna Hills.

County Loses 13,200 Jobs in March; Unemployment 3.6%

Not all Covid-19 losses counted

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Willdan Will Furlough 21% of Workforce

Cites shutdowns in New York, Calif.

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BigRentz Plows Ahead On Acquisitions

FINANCE: Attracts $15M investment; IPO considered

BigRentz Inc., the nation’s largest online website to rent construction equipment, is forging ahead to almost double annual revenue to more than $60 million following two acquisitions and an investment led by a Japanese conglomerate.

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Salas O’Brien Adds Mid-Atlantic Firm

33 offices; 800 workers firmwide

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Drugmaker in Development

Avid Execs Say Contract Business Ready to Boom

If there’s one Orange County-based company that knows well the joys and heartbreaks of Wall Street, it’s Avid Bioservices Inc.

Life Support

Ventilator Co. Looks to Ramp Up Supply for ICUs Amid COVID-19 Crisis

For Sale, ventilators, often needed

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Masimo Preliminary Q1 Tops Estimates

Says coronavirus increasing demand

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February Unemployment Fell

Numbers don’t reflect coronavirus

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Glenn Stearns Returns to Mortgages

FINANCE: Says new company aims for 500 employees

Back to business, kindly

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