General Electric (GE) shares rise after releasing its 2019 outlook

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GE – This was the first outlook from GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp, who was appointed in October.


  • GE expects 2019 adjusted earnings between 50 cents and 60 cents a share, below the 70 cents a share Wall Street expected.
  • This was the first outlook from GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp, who was appointed in October.
  • GE also gave an updated baseline for the company’s reported 2018 earnings and revenue, due to the company’s reorganization and sales of assets.

General Electric told shareholders on Thursday the embattled conglomerate expects 2019 earnings to be below what analysts anticipated as it continues to be plagued by problems in its power business.

GE expects 2019 adjusted earnings between 50 cents and 60 cents a share, below the 70 cents a share Wall Street expected in a Refintiv survey. Initially lower in premarket trading, GE shares rose 3.8 percent.

This was the first outlook from GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp, who was appointed in October.

“We have work to do in 2019, but we expect 2020 and 2021 performance to be significantly better,” Culp said in a statement.

GE also gave an updated baseline for the company’s reported 2018 earnings and revenue, due to the company’s reorganization and sales of assets. On an adjusted basis, GE revised its 2018 earnings to 53 cents a share, down from 65 cents a share. On a GAAP (nonadjusted) basis, GE revised total 2018 revenue to $105.2 billion from $113.6 billion.

GE said it is expecting its power segment to be “significantly better but negative” in 2020.

Culp is working on turning around GE’s fortunes. He remains focused on improving the company’s cash generation, as well as cutting costs.

Additionally, GE confirmed what Culp told investors on March 3: GE’s industrial free cash flow “in 2019 will be negative, ” with the key metric expected between flat and negative $2 billion. GE’s industrial free cash flow was $4.5 billion in 2018. Free cash flow — money left over after a company pays for operating expenses and capital projects — is often used as a gauge of efficiency. GE’s industrial free cash flow is a key measure watched by investors.

GE expects industrial free cash flow to bounce back to positive in 2020.

The company’s debt overhang is also a focus for Culp. GE said “the company remains committed to … targeting a rating in the Single A range.” For heavily leveraged GE Capital, the company said it is targeting a debt-to-equity ratio below 4 times.

Culp is aiming to get GE Capital’s net income to “breakeven by 2021,” the company said.


General Electric Co. shares were trading at $10.33 per share on Thursday morning, up $0.31 (+3.09%). Year-to-date, GE has gained 36.60%, versus a 12.60% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

GE currently has a StockNews.com POWR Rating of C (Neutral), and is ranked #16 of 36 stocks in the Industrial – Manufacturing category.


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