GE Accelerates CLL Asset Disposals; Will Take Q2 Charge of $4.3B

In an 8-K filing, General Electric said as part of its announcement on April 10, 2015, the company would reduce the size of its financial services businesses through the sale of most of the assets of its wholly owned subsidiary, GE Capital over the next 24 months, and focus on continued investment and growth in GE’s industrial businesses.

As part of that announcement, GE estimated that it expected to incur approximately $23 billion of after-tax charges related to the GE Capital Exit Plan through 2016. In the first quarter of 2015, GE recognized $16.1 billion of after-tax charges related to the GE Capital Exit Plan.

GE said it classified additional businesses within GE Capital’s Commercial Lending and Leasing business as held for sale on June 29, 2015. This classification reflects an acceleration of the expected timing of business disposals versus the April 10 GE Capital Exit Plan, which contemplated a more extended timeline.

In connection with that classification, and as anticipated by the GE Capital Exit Plan, GE expects to recognize approximately $4.3 billion of after-tax charges related to the loss on disposal for those businesses, which will be reported in discontinued operations for the second quarter.

GE said none of these charges are expected to result in future net cash expenditures, and the charges were included within the framework of GE’s initial GE Capital Exit Plan announcement on April 10, 2015

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