GE Reports 1Q’13 Operating EPS $0.39, +15%, Revenues $35.0B;

Infrastructure orders +3%, +6% ex. Wind & FX;

Record backlog of $216B, +$6B from year-end;

$22B of cash at parent

FAIRFIELD, Conn.--()--GE (NYSE: GE):

1Q 2013 Highlights

  • Twelfth consecutive quarter of strong operating earnings growth
    • 1Q Operating EPS of $0.39, up 15%
    • 1Q Continuing EPS of $0.35, up 17%
  • 1Q orders up 6% ex. Wind and FX; Growth region orders up 17%
  • Profit growth in five of eight businesses versus prior-year period
  • Double-digit Industrial segment revenue growth in five of nine growth markets, including China
  • Significant funding of restructuring projects to reduce SG&A
  • GE Capital earnings up 9%; 1Q ENI balance of $402 billion
  • Overall framework for the year remains unchanged

GE [NYSE: GE] announced today first-quarter 2013 operating earnings of $4.1 billion, or $0.39 per share, up 14% and 15% respectively from the first quarter of 2012. GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $3.6 billion, or $0.35 per share, up 13% and 17% respectively. Gains from the sale of GE’s remaining stake in NBCUniversal were $0.04 per share above the cost of Industrial restructuring and other charges. Revenues were $35.0 billion for the quarter, flat with the year-ago period.

“Our equipment orders were strong in the quarter, growing 10%, with Oil & Gas orders up 24%, and Aviation up 47%,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “In growth markets, equipment and service orders grew 17%. We ended the quarter with our biggest backlog in history.”

Total infrastructure orders for the quarter rose 3% to $23.8 billion, and were up 6% excluding the effects of Wind and FX. Infrastructure order pricing rose 0.6% for the quarter. The ratio of equipment orders received to sales billed (book-to-bill) was 1.3.

Immelt continued, “GE’s markets were mixed. The U.S. and growth markets were in line with expectations. We planned for a continued challenging environment in Europe, but conditions weakened further with Industrial segment revenues in the region down 17%. Overall, Power & Water markets were worse than we expected. While we anticipated significantly fewer wind and gas turbine shipments, we saw additional pressure in European Power & Water services. This weakness also had a negative impact on margins. We always anticipated that the first half of 2013 would be our toughest comparison; we expect Power & Water to improve during the year and be positive in the second half.”

The remainder of the Industrial segments grew profits 6%, with 40 basis points of margin growth. GE saw solid growth in Aviation, Transportation and Home & Business Solutions, and excluding the impact of FX, growth in Oil & Gas. GE continues to implement its cost-out plan. The Company expects to reduce industrial structural costs by at least $1 billion in 2013, and is off to a good start with a $200 million reduction in the first quarter. With improving profits in Power & Water, and solid performance in our other segments, GE continues to plan margin growth of 70 basis points for the year.

GE’s backlog of equipment and services at the end of the quarter was its highest ever, at $216 billion. During the quarter, GE announced a $620 million services contract for QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG plant off the east coast of Australia, $500 million of contracts to provide power equipment and long-term service for the Emirates Aluminum smelter complex in Abu Dhabi, and a $333 million service contract extension for Russia’s Sakhalin-2, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas projects.

GE Capital continued its strategy to reduce the overall size of its portfolio while focusing on core growth. GE Capital earnings grew 9% in the quarter and ENI (excluding cash and equivalents) was $402 billion at quarter end. General Electric Capital Corporation’s (GECC) Tier 1 common ratio under Basel 1 rose 65 basis points to 11.1%, and net interest margin was strong at 5%. During the quarter, GE Capital finalized the acquisition of MetLife’s $6.4 billion deposit base and online deposits business.

In the quarter, cash from operating activities was lower due to inventory build for second-half volume, as well as tax and long-term incentive plan payouts. GE ended the quarter with $90 billion of consolidated cash and cash equivalents. During the quarter GE sold its remaining 49% stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture, and related assets, to Comcast for $18.1 billion. The transaction added significant capital to GE’s capital allocation plan, which includes returning approximately $18 billion to shareholders in 2013 through dividends and buybacks. The sale also allowed GE to accelerate restructuring plans and provided more momentum toward its margin goals. In addition, today GECC paid the first-quarter income dividend to GE in the amount of $447 million.

GE continued to execute on its balanced capital allocation plan. The Company’s strong cash position enabled the repurchase of $1.9 billion of stock during the first quarter. Combined with its dividend, GE returned $3.9 billion to investors during the quarter.

Immelt concluded, “Despite the challenging macro environment, GE is well-positioned for stronger performance for the remainder of the year and we are executing on our strategic priorities. We are using our complete and early exit from media to increase investment in our core industrial businesses, through accelerated restructuring, investment in technology, and investment in our global capabilities. We expect our cost-out efforts will mitigate weakness in specific markets, and we have a very strong cash position. Our overall framework for the year remains unchanged.”

First-quarter Highlights:

First-quarter operating earnings were $4.1 billion, up 14% from first-quarter 2012 and operating EPS was $0.39, up 15%. GAAP earnings from continuing operations (attributable to GE) were $3.6 billion, up 13%, or $0.35 per share, up 17% from the first quarter of 2012. A positive one-time gain in the Industrial operations of $0.08 per share from the sale of GE’s remaining stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture was partially offset by $0.04 per share of restructuring and other charges. GE Capital results include a $0.05 per share benefit from the NBCU sale; GE Capital incurred charges for restructuring and other significant charges of $0.05 per share.

Including the effects of discontinued operations, first-quarter net earnings attributable to GE were $3.5 billion ($0.34 per share) in 2013 compared with $3.0 billion ($0.29 per share) in the first quarter of 2012. This is an increase in net earnings of 16% and net EPS of 17%.

First-quarter revenues were flat at $35.0 billion. Industrial sales of $22.3 billion fell 6% versus the first quarter of 2012. GECC revenues of $11.5 billion rose 2% from last year.

Cash generated from GE operating activities in the first quarter of 2013 totaled $0.2 billion, compared to $2.1 billion last year.

The accompanying tables include information integral to assessing the Company’s financial position, operating performance and cash flow.

GE will discuss preliminary first-quarter results on a Webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET today, available at www.ge.com/investor. Related charts will be posted there prior to the call.

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements:

This document contains “forward-looking statements” – that is, statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” or “will.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include: current economic and financial conditions, including volatility in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets; potential market disruptions or other impacts arising in the United States or Europe from developments in the European sovereign debt situation; the impact of conditions in the financial and credit markets on the availability and cost of General Electric Capital Corporation’s (GECC) funding and on our ability to reduce GECC’s asset levels as planned; the impact of conditions in the housing market and unemployment rates on the level of commercial and consumer credit defaults; changes in Japanese consumer behavior that may affect our estimates of liability for excess interest refund claims (GE Money Japan); pending and future mortgage securitization claims and litigation in connection with WMC, which may affect our estimates of liability, including possible loss estimates; our ability to maintain our current credit rating and the impact on our funding costs and competitive position if we do not do so; the adequacy of our cash flow and earnings and other conditions which may affect our ability to pay our quarterly dividend at the planned level; GECC’s ability to pay dividends to GE at the planned level; our ability to convert pre-order commitments into orders; the level of demand and financial performance of the major industries we serve, including, without limitation, air and rail transportation, energy generation, real estate and healthcare; the impact of regulation and regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks, including the impact of financial services regulation; our capital allocation plans, as such plans may change and affect planned share repurchases and strategic actions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions; our success in completing announced transactions and integrating acquired businesses; the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches; and numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Earnings
                         
Financial
Consolidated GE(a) Services (GECC)
Three Months Ended March 31   2013 2012 V% 2013 2012 V% 2013 2012 V%
Revenues and other income
Sales of goods and services $ 22,187 $ 23,527 (6 )% $ 22,303 $ 23,687 (6 )% $ 26 $ 30 (13 )%
Other income 1,615 557 1,620 600
GECC earnings from continuing operations 1,927 1,772
GECC revenues from services   11,208     10,996             11,509     11,310  
Total revenues and other income   35,010     35,080   - %   25,850     26,059   (1 )%   11,535     11,340   2 %
 
Costs and expenses

Cost of sales, operating and administrative expenses

26,112 26,199 21,493 22,037 4,938 4,522
Interest and other financial charges 2,621 3,347 324 315 2,400 3,185

Investment contracts, insurance losses and insurance annuity benefits

663 737 689 771
Provision for losses on financing receivables   1,488     863             1,488     863  
Total costs and expenses   30,884     31,146   (1 )%   21,817     22,352   (2 )%   9,515     9,341   2 %
 

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

4,126 3,934 5 % 4,033 3,707 9 % 2,020 1,999 1 %
Benefit (provision) for income taxes   (506 )   (665 )   (424 )   (450 )   (82 )   (215 )
Earnings from continuing operations 3,620 3,269 11 % 3,609 3,257 11 % 1,938 1,784 9 %

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (109 )   (197 )   (109 )   (197 )   (109 )   (197 )
Net earnings 3,511 3,072 14 % 3,500 3,060 14 % 1,829 1,587 15 %

Less net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

  (16 )   38     (27 )   26     11     12  

Net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 3,527   $ 3,034   16 % $ 3,527   $ 3,034   16 % $ 1,818   $ 1,575   15 %
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 3,636 $ 3,231 13 % $ 3,636 $ 3,231 13 % $ 1,927 $ 1,772 9 %

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (109 )   (197 )   (109 )   (197 )   (109 )   (197 )

Net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 3,527   $ 3,034   16 % $ 3,527   $ 3,034   16 % $ 1,818   $ 1,575   15 %
 

Per-share amounts - earnings from continuing operations

Diluted earnings per share $ 0.35 $ 0.30 17 %
Basic earnings per share $ 0.35 $ 0.30 17 %
 
Per-share amounts - net earnings
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.34 $ 0.29 17 %
Basic earnings per share $ 0.34 $ 0.29 17 %
 
Total average equivalent shares
Diluted shares 10,433 10,611 (2 )%
Basic shares 10,374 10,581 (2 )%
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.19 $ 0.17 12 %
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 3,636 $ 3,231 13 %

Adjustment (net of tax): Non-operating pension costs/(income)

  423     336  
Operating earnings (non-GAAP measure) $ 4,059   $ 3,567   14 %
 

Operating earnings – diluted earnings per share

$ 0.39 $ 0.34 15 %
 

(a)

 

Refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECC on an equity basis.

Dollar amounts and share amounts in millions; per-share amounts in dollars; unaudited. Supplemental data are shown for “GE” and “GECC.” Transactions between GE and GECC have been eliminated from the “Consolidated” columns. See Note 1 to the 2012 consolidated financial statements at www.ge.com/ar2012 for further information about consolidation matters.

 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Summary of Operating Segments (unaudited)
             
Three months ended March 31
(Dollars in millions) 2013 2012 V%
 
Revenues(a)
Power & Water $ 4,825 $ 6,551 (26 )%
Oil & Gas 3,399 3,406 - %
Energy Management 1,748 1,722 2 %
Aviation 5,074 4,891 4 %
Healthcare 4,289 4,300 - %
Transportation 1,422 1,270 12 %
Home & Business Solutions   1,917     1,915   - %
Total industrial segment revenues 22,674 24,055 (6 )%
GE Capital   11,535     11,340   2 %
Total segment revenues 34,209 35,395 (3 )%
Corporate items and eliminations(a)   801     (315 ) F

Consolidated revenues and other income from continuing operations

$ 35,010   $ 35,080   - %
 
Segment profit(a)
Power & Water $ 719 $ 1,188 (39 )%
Oil & Gas 325 340 (4 )%
Energy Management 15 21 (29 )%
Aviation 936 862 9 %
Healthcare 595 585 2 %
Transportation 267 232 15 %
Home & Business Solutions   79     57   39 %
Total industrial segment profit 2,936 3,285 (11 )%
GE Capital   1,927     1,772   9 %
Total segment profit 4,863 5,057 (4 )%
 
Corporate items and eliminations(a) (479 ) (1,061 ) 55 %
GE interest and other financial charges (324 ) (315 ) (3 )%
GE provision for income taxes   (424 )   (450 ) 6 %
 

Earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company

3,636 3,231 13 %
 

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes, attributable to the Company

  (109 )   (197 ) 45 %
 

Consolidated net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 3,527   $ 3,034   16 %
 

(a)

 

Segment revenues includes both revenues and other income related to the segment. Segment profit excludes results reported as discontinued operations, earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests of consolidated subsidiaries, GECC preferred stock dividends declared and accounting changes. Segment profit excludes or includes interest and other financial charges and income taxes according to how a particular segment’s management is measured – excluded in determining segment profit, which we sometimes refer to as “operating profit,” for Power & Water, Oil & Gas, Energy Management, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation and Home & Business Solutions; included in determining segment profit, which we sometimes refer to as “net earnings,” for GE Capital. Certain corporate costs, such as shared services, employee benefits and information technology are allocated to our segments based on usage. A portion of the remaining corporate costs are allocated based on each segment’s relative net cost of operations.

 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Summary of Operating Segments (unaudited)
Additional Information
                     
Three months ended March 31
(Dollars in millions) 2013 2012 V%
 
GE Capital
 
Revenues $ 11,535 $ 11,340 2 %
 
Segment profit $ 1,927 $ 1,772 9 %
 
Revenues
Commercial Lending and Leasing (CLL) $ 3,507 $ 4,340 (19 )%
Consumer 3,891 3,877 - %
Real Estate 1,657 836 98 %
Energy Financial Services 343 239 44 %
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) 1,379 1,331 4 %
 
Segment profit
CLL $ 398 $ 664 (40 )%
Consumer 523 829 (37 )%
Real Estate 690 56 F
Energy Financial Services 83 71 17 %
GECAS 348 318 9 %
 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Financial Position (unaudited)
                  Financial
Consolidated GE(a) Services (GECC)
(Dollars in billions) 3/31/13 12/31/12 3/31/13 12/31/12 3/31/13   12/31/12
 
Assets
Cash & marketable securities $ 138.1 $ 125.9 $ 22.1 $ 15.6 $ 116.0 $ 110.4
Receivables 21.0 21.5 11.5 10.9
Inventories 16.3 15.4 16.2 15.3 0.1 0.1
Financing receivables - net 248.5 258.0 258.3 269.0
Property, plant & equipment - net 68.4 69.0 15.9 16.0 52.5 53.0
Investment in GECC 79.9 77.9
Goodwill & intangible assets 84.6 85.2 56.4 56.8 28.2 28.3
Other assets 91.6 107.9 30.6 43.9 66.8 70.1
Assets of businesses held for sale 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Assets of discontinued operations   1.9   2.3       1.9   2.3
 
Total assets $ 670.7 $ 685.4 $ 232.8 $ 236.4 $ 524.0 $ 533.4
 
Liabilities and equity
Borrowings and bank deposits $ 397.3 $ 414.1 $ 12.3 $ 17.5 $ 385.6 $ 397.3

Investment contracts, insurance liabilities and insurance annuity benefits

28.1 28.3 28.7 28.7
Other liabilities 113.9 111.9 95.9 95.0 22.9 22.2
Liabilities of businesses held for sale 0.2 0.2
Liabilities of discontinued operations 2.4 2.5 0.1 0.1 2.3 2.4
GE shareowners' equity 123.7 123.0 123.7 123.0 83.9 81.9
Noncontrolling interests   5.3   5.4   0.8   0.8   0.6   0.7
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 670.7 $ 685.4 $ 232.8 $ 236.4 $ 524.0 $ 533.4
 

(a)

 

Refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECC on an equity basis.

Supplemental consolidating data are shown for "GE" and "GECC." Transactions between GE and GECC have been eliminated from the "Consolidated" columns. See Note 1 to the 2012 consolidated financial statements at www.ge.com/ar2012 for further information about consolidation matters.

 
 

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

Financial Measures That Supplement GAAP

 
We sometimes use information derived from consolidated financial information but not presented in our financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Certain of these data are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP measure. We have referred to operating earnings, operating earnings per share (EPS) and GE Capital ending net investment (ENI) excluding cash and equivalents. The reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measures follow.
 
Operating Earnings and Operating Earnings Per Share
               
Three Months Ended March 31
(Dollars in millions; except earnings per share) 2013 2012 V%
 
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to GE $ 3,636 $ 3,231 13%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   423   336
Operating earnings $ 4,059 $ 3,567 14%
 

Earnings per share – diluted(a)

Continuing earnings per share $ 0.35 $ 0.30 17%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   0.04   0.03
Operating earnings per share $ 0.39 $ 0.34 15%
 

(a)

 

Earnings-per-share amounts are computed independently. As a result, the sum of per-share amounts may not equal the total.

 

Operating earnings excludes non-service related pension costs of our principal pension plans comprising interest cost, expected return on plan assets and amortization of actuarial gains/losses. The service cost and prior service cost components of our principal pension plans are included in operating earnings. We believe that these components of pension cost better reflect the ongoing service-related costs of providing pension benefits to our employees. As such, we believe that our measure of operating earnings provides management and investors with a useful measure of the operational results of our business. Other components of GAAP pension cost are mainly driven by market performance, and we manage these separately from the operational performance of our businesses. Neither GAAP nor operating pension costs are necessarily indicative of the current or future cash flow requirements related to our pension plan. We also believe that this measure, considered along with the corresponding GAAP measure, provides management and investors with additional information for comparison of our operating results to the operating results of other companies.

               
 
GE Capital Ending Net Investment (ENI), Excluding Cash and Equivalents
 
March 31,
(In billions) 2013
 
Financial Services (GECC) total assets $ 524.0
Adjustment: deferred income taxes   5.5
GECC total assets 529.5
Less assets of discontinued operations (1.9)
Less non-interest bearing liabilities   (57.8)
GE Capital ENI 469.8
Less cash and equivalents   (67.7)
GE Capital ENI, excluding cash and equivalents $ 402.1
 

We use ENI to measure the size of our GE Capital segment. We believe that this measure is a useful indicator of the capital (debt or equity) required to fund a business as it adjusts for non-interest bearing current liabilities generated in the normal course of business that do not require a capital outlay. We also believe that by excluding cash and equivalents, we provide a meaningful measure of assets requiring capital to fund our GE Capital segment as a substantial amount of this cash resulted from debt issuances to pre-fund future debt maturities and will not be used to fund additional assets. Providing this measure will help investors measure how we are performing against our previously communicated goal to reduce the size of our financial services segment.

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GE
Investor Contact:
Trevor Schauenberg, 203-373-2424 (office)
trevor.a.schauenberg@ge.com
or
Media Contact:
Seth Martin, 203-572-3567 (cell)
seth.martin@ge.com