GE Says Momentum Is Building for 2021, and Sets a Reverse Stock Split


General Electric (NYSE:GE) provided an updated business outlook today for the year ahead. The company has made moves to consolidate its business over the past year, using proceeds to address its debt. Major moves included the sale of its BioPharma unit to Danaher (NYSE:DHR) for net proceeds of about $20 billion, and the ongoing sale of its stake in oil and energy company Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI)

GE separately announced a new deal to combine its aircraft leasing business, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), with AerCap Holdings (NYSE:AER) for what GE says is “consideration” valued at more than $30 billion. 

The company also said it is recommending shareholders approve a 1-for-8 reverse stock split, “in light of its significant transformation over the past several years.”

aircraft leasing agreement with handshake and plane in background

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GECAS is the aviation finance portion of the company’s GE Capital segment. GE will record a $3 billion noncash charge in the first quarter of 2021 as a result of the transaction. GECAS will become a “discontinued operation” of the conglomerate.

GE said it will use proceeds to “further de-risk and de-lever,” and will simplify its structure, allowing it to focus on its industrial core units: power, renewable energy, aviation, and healthcare. GE Capital’s balance sheet will be integrated into those industrial segments to further simplify reporting. 

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Of the 1-for-8 reverse stock split, the company said it would “decrease the number of shares outstanding to a number more typical of companies with comparable market capitalization.”

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