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GE Misses Q4 Earnings On Insurance Charges, Offers 2018 View


Industrial goods manufacturer General Electric Company GE is aiming to focus on its core industrial operations after completing the GE Capital exit plan. CEO John Flannery plans to script a turnaround in the company, with 2018 being termed as a "reset year". Flannery intends to focus on just three core segments — power, aviation and health-care equipment — and gradually exit all other businesses to plug the downtrend in share prices. The company is seriously contemplating to spin off its operations to maximize shareholder returns.

The company intends to lay off 12,000 employees across the globe in its GE Power business, as part of its corporate objective to lower operating costs and improve profitability. In addition, GE aims to reduce overhead costs by $2 billion in 2018, majority of which is likely to come from the beleaguered power segment that sells electrical generation equipment. The company further intends to sell assets worth $20 billion to improve its liquidity. At the same time, GE has halved its quarterly dividend to 12 cents per share — the first dividend cut since 2009 at the peak of the recession. In the last four trailing quarters, GE has reported a negative average earnings surprise of -1.3%, beating estimates twice.

Earnings estimate revisions have gone downhill in the last couple of months as investors retain a bearish stance about the performance of the company. Currently, GE has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), but that could definitely change following fourth-quarter 2017 earnings report, which was just released. We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: GE operating earnings misses estimates. The Zacks Consensus Estimate called for EPS of 28 cents, and the company reported operating+verticals EPS of 27 cents per share (excluding Q4 charges primarily related to insurance).

General Electric Company Price and EPS Surprise


General Electric Company Price and EPS Surprise | General Electric Company Quote

Revenue: Quarterly revenues lagged estimates. GE posted consolidated revenues of $31,402 million, compared with Zacks Consensus Estimate of $32,873 million.

Key Stats to Note: GE has offered its operating framework for 2018 and expects adjusted EPS in the range of $1.00–$1.07. The company expects to continue with its growth momentum in Aviation and Healthcare, while facing tough challenges in the Power segment.

Stock Price: Shares were up in pre-market trading following the release at the time of write-up as investors lauded an improved performance on the back of some key initiatives.

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