GE Begins Exchange Offer to Complete Separation of Synchrony Financial
OCT 19, 2015 - 7:06 am
GE commenced an offer to exchange GE common stock for common stock of Synchrony Financial presently owned by GE. This exchange offer is in connection with the previously announced separation of Synchrony from GE.
The exchange offer is expected to conclude the week of November 16, 2015.
Last week, Synchrony Financial received approval from the Federal Reserve to become a stand-alone savings and loan holding company following the completion of the exchange offer. In the exchange offer, or split-off, GE shareholders will have the option to tender for exchange some, none, or all of their shares of GE common stock for shares of Synchrony. GE shares tendered and accepted for exchange will reduce the outstanding shares of GE.
The separation of Synchrony Financial is consistent with GE’s stated strategy of focusing on its industrial core and reducing the size of its financial businesses. The separation reduces the systemic footprint of GE Capital and will allow Synchrony to operate as a stand-alone company and pursue a long-term strategy that is focused only on its own business objectives.
“The Synchrony exchange is an important part of GE’s transformation into a simpler, more focused company,” said GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “We expect the exchange will reduce the outstanding float of GE common stock by 6%-7%, and if fully subscribed, would represent the equivalent of about $18 billion-$21 billion in GE stock buyback, subject to the relative performance of GE and Synchrony stock prices. With the launch of today’s exchange offer and progress to-date on the GE Capital Exit Plan, we are on track to return more than $90 billion to investors from 2015 to 2018 with more than 90% of our earnings coming from high-return industrial businesses.”
GE currently holds approximately 85% of the outstanding shares of Synchrony Financial common stock.
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