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General Electric (GE) Stock Analysis

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General Electric Dividend

(updated 2/23/2018)

General Electric has paid a dividend since 1899, but lost much of its exemplary reputation when it slashed the dividend by 67% in 2008. It  cut its dividend a second time in 2017.

Price: $14.49
Dividend Yield: 3.3%

Current Dividend: $0.48
Cash Flow From Operations (CFO) Per Share (ttm): $0.59
Free Cash Flow Per Share (ttm):  $-0.23

Market Capitalization: $126 B
Enterprise Value: $197 B

Dividend Analyzer Checklist

(updated February 2018)

Valuation Score (8/34 points)

Free Cash Flow Yield (ttm): -1.5% (0/17 points)
EV to EBIT (ttm): 20.2
EV to EBITDA (ttm): 13.9  (8/17 points)
Price to Sales Ratio (ttm): 1.1
Price to Book Value (ttm):  2.2
Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) (ttm):  None
PE 10:  16

Profitability Score (17/33 points)

Operating Earnings Yield (ttm): 9.1% (14/15 points)
Net Income (ttm):  -$5786 M
Gross Profit (ttm): $30158 M
Total Assets: $377900 M
Gross Profitability Ratio = GP / Total Assets:  8% (3/18 points)
Cash Return On Invested Capital (CROIC)(tttm): -1%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC): -3%


Dividend Safety Score (14/33 points)

Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm):  -111%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio: -428%  (0/12 points)
Net Financial Debt: $52600 M
Total Assets: $377900 M
Net Financial Debt / Total Assets: 14% (9/12 points)
Net Financial Debt to EBITDA (ttm): n/a
Piotroski Score (1-9) (TTM): (5/9 points)

TOTAL POINTS – (39/100) (50 is an average score)

Earnings Report: 1/24/18
Next Earnings Report: 4/20/18


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Rankings & Recommendations

(updated February 2018)

GE ranks #332 (out of 432) overall and #90 (out of 97) in the Industrial Sector by the Dividend Analyzer.

GE is in the midst of a long and painful transition. The company is thinking long term strategically. The problem is you must pay a very steep price for the stock without any assurance the revitalized company will deliver the kind of earnings needed to support the current price.

Type of Investor / Recommendation
Large Diversified Dividend Portfolios / AVOID
Looking For Exposure to Industrials Sector / AVOID
Deep Value Investors / AVOID

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Company Description

Sector: Industrials
Industry: Diversified Industrials

General Electric is an industrial powerhouse being redesigned to 
“build, power, move, and cure the world with software-defined machines & solutions that are connected, responsive & predictive.” (GE Annual Report) The company has a long and illustrious history of achievement and high returns for investors.

However, the company’s recent past has been marred by bad capital allocation decisions, an historic dividend cut, and poor shareholder returns. The last several years the company has been shedding much of its non-core businesses, including greatly downsizing the size of GE Capital, to concentrate on its industrial roots.

General Electric’s portfolio of business operations is organized around the “GE Store” as follows: Power (22% of revenues), Aviation (21%), Healthcare (15%), Oil & Gas (10%), Energy Connections & Lighting (12%), Renewable Energy (7%), GE Capital (9%), Transportation (4%). Geographically revenues are distributed: United States (43%), Europe (17%), Asia (17%), Middle East & Africa (14%), Americas (9%).

SWOT Analysis For General Electric


A company does not thrive over 100 years without significant competitive advantages. GE has a wide economic moat because of its research & development, patents, established customer relationships, ability to do large and complex projects (because of its size and expertise), and strong brand.


GE’s industrial roots increase its exposure to cyclical businesses that will be affected by global economic volatility. It will be a long time before the earnings GE capital was producing can be replaced.

The refocused portfolio has increased the exposure to cyclical and sometimes volatile sectors and markets. Future growth is highly dependent on global economic and political environments around the globe.


Service contracts on GE products provide high margin profits and means up selling customers a win-win business proposal. GE’s size and breadth of product offerings allows it to spread its R&D costs wider and deeper than competitors.

Shedding GE Capital and the noncore businesses is allowing GE to reposition itself for long term growth in a software defined world. GE has a unique combination of financial capability, human capital, expertise, and infrastructure to meet global needs for infrastructure and technology.


Weak oil & gas prices may hurt a key segment of GE’s growth. Although it has downsized GE Capital, the company is still exposed to credit risks and possible downgrades of its credit rating (which makes raising capital more expensive).

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