Early Returns on GE Capital Sale Spark Moody’s Upgrade

Moody’s Investor Services upgraded GE Capital’s $830 million subordinated notes due September 2035 to A1 from A2, a direct result of the early success of GE’s downgrade plans for its financial arm. GE Capital’s other ratings, including its A1 senior unsecured and Prime-1 short term ratings, and its stable outlook were not affected by the action.

The upgraded rating is due primarily to the large scale downsizing that the financial giant is currently undergoing, which includes significant sale of assets over the next two years, as well as parental support by GE guarantees existing tradable senior and subordinate GE Capital debt.

GE Capital’s contribution to GE’s consolidated earnings will eventually decline to 10%, a significant decline from the 42% it was responsible for in 2014. GE Capital will hold onto aircraft financier GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), Energy Financial Services (EFS) and Healthcare Equipment Finance. GE Capital’s asset concentration will increase, particularly in aircraft finance, and its dividend-distribution capacity will decline.

However, GE Capital’ risk footprint will shrink and there will be less of a reliance on capital markets to fund operations. The continued stable outlook reflects GE’s support of GE Capital during the transition.

Access the full report from Moody’s here.

Like this story? Begin each business day with news you need to know! Click here to register now for our FREE Daily E-News Broadcast and start YOUR day informed!

Leave a comment

View Latest Digital Edition

Terry Mulreany
Subscriptions: 800 708 9373 x130
[email protected]
Susie Angelucci
Advertising: 484.459.3016
[email protected]

View Latest Digital Edition

Visit our sister website for news, information, exclusive articles,
deal tables and more on the asset-based lending, factoring,
and restructuring industries.