GE to Provide a Detailed Review of GE Capital
GE to Provide a Detailed Review of GE Capital;
Expects GE Capital Finance to be Profitable in 1Q and Full Year 2009;
Does Not Foresee a Need for External Capital Even Under Stress Assumptions Approximating Federal Reserve’s Adverse Case
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - GE (NYSE: GE) is today providing investors with a detailed update on GE Capital’s framework and outlook at an investor meeting in New York and via webcast. The session builds on the December 2008 update in which the Company outlined tough but prudent actions intended to improve liquidity, reduce costs and control credit losses at GE Capital amid the global recession.
“Even in this difficult environment of credit pressure and declining asset values, we expect GE Capital Finance to be profitable in the first quarter and full year 2009,” GE Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Keith Sherin said. “Our funding position is strong, having already completed 93% of 2009 funding goal.”
“We have a strong set of financial services businesses built with discipline, sound risk management and a conservative, originate-to-hold model. We expect these businesses to perform through this difficult cycle. We have sufficient capital and alternatives to weather the tough environment,” GE Vice Chairman & GE Capital Chairman and CEO Mike Neal said.
“To give our investors further assurance and recognizing the uncertainty of the current climate, we have stress tested GE Capital Finance using assumptions consistent with the Federal Reserve’s base case and a more severe adverse case, which contemplates unemployment peaking at 10% and GDP declining by more than 3% in 2009,” Neal said. “Even under this more severe case, which would potentially cause our losses and impairments to increase significantly, GE Capital Finance would still essentially break even and not require additional capital.
“GE Capital Finance’s key capital ratios compare favorably to banks, including the important ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets (TCE/TA),” Neal said. “With the recent $9.5 billion capital infusion by GE, GE Capital Finance will have a TCE/TA ratio of approximately 6%, which reflects a very strong capital base.”
GE is providing a detailed review of the GE Capital businesses and will address questions raised by investors about portfolio risk, such as commercial real estate, global mortgage, U.S. consumer and Eastern Europe.
The meeting in its entirety will be presented live via webcast beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET today. Webcast and call information is available at www.ge.com/investor, and related charts will be posted there prior to the call.
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