In brief

Published August 9, 2006

Homes' sordid pasts make them hard sells

If you wouldn't mind living in a house where a gruesome murder took place, you might get a nice price.

Software giant to buy Tampa company

Emdeon Practice Services, which has about 420 employees at its headquarters in Tampa, is being acquired by the software giant Sage Group plc of the United Kingdom for $565-million in cash. EPS has been part of Elmwood Park, N.J.-based Emdeon Inc., owner of WebMD, since early 2000; before that the company, which provides software to 20,000 doctors' offices, was known as Medical Manager Corp. EPS' revenues in 2005 were $304.5-million. Sage, which bought St. Petersburg's Best Software in 2000 and has 2.6-million business customers in North America, expects to add positions at EPS' Tampa office. EPS, with a total of 1,800 employees, also has two locations near Gainesville with 234 workers.

Health company to add jobs, get tax break

Health Integrated Inc. of Tampa will be receiving tax incentives to underwrite its expansion. The health and condition management company has agreed to add 60 employees, mostly health care professionals, over the next three years at salaries of more than 150 percent of the state's average wage, qualifying the company for Florida's Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program. Health Integrated, founded in 1996 and headquartered on N Dale Mabry Highway, now has about 200 employees.

TIA to add pair of nonstop flights

Tampa International Airport will pick up new daily flights to Atlanta and Knoxville, Tenn., later this year. Spirit Airlines will begin daily nonstop flights to Atlanta on Dec. 14, and on Nov. 16 the Delta Connection will start nonstop flights to Knoxville each day except Wednesdays.

Aramark CEO part of group buying it out

Aramark Corp., the nation's largest food-service company, said Tuesday it agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by its longtime chief executive for $6.3-billion, plus the assumption of about $2-billion in debt. Aramark shareholders will get $33.80 in cash for each share, an improvement upon the $32-per-share initial bid made by the same group in May. The purchase price represents a 20 percent premium over Aramark's closing stock price on April 28, the last trading day before the first bid. An Aramark spokeswoman said chairman and chief executive Joseph Neubauer will contribute up to $250-million. The deal is expected to close by early next year. It is Neubauer's second time leading the company.