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GE Reports 3Q'13 Operating EPS $0.36, Revenues $35.7B; Industrial segment margins +120 basis points; Orders +19%; Record backlog of $229B

Friday, October 18, 2013

GE Reports 3Q'13 Operating EPS $0.36, Revenues $35.7B; Industrial segment margins +120 basis points; Orders +19%; Record backlog of $229B

06:30 EDT Friday, October 18, 2013

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

3Q 2013 Highlights

  • Operating EPS of $0.36; $0.40 excluding restructuring and other charges
  • U.S. orders +18%, Europe orders +17%, growth market orders +22%
  • Industrial segment profit +11% with strong growth in six of seven Industrial businesses
  • Industrial segment margins +120 bps with strong value gap & cost productivity; no contributing Industrial gains
  • GE Capital earnings +13% with ENI at $385 billion; Tier 1 common ratio under Basel 1 at 11.3%, +116 bps
  • $13.9 billion returned to shareholders YTD
  • Overall framework for 2013 remains unchanged

GE (NYSE:GE) announced today third-quarter 2013 operating earnings of $3.7 billion, or $0.36 per share, down 3% and flat respectively from the third quarter of 2012. Excluding restructuring and other charges, operating EPS was $0.40. GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $3.3 billion, or $0.32 per share, down 5% and 3% respectively. Net earnings of $3.2 billion, or $0.31 per share, fell 9% and 6% respectively from the year-ago period. Revenues were $35.7 billion for the quarter, down 1% from the year-ago period, driven by lower revenues in GE Capital due to planned asset reductions, and a negative FX impact of $132 million.

“Our third-quarter results were very strong in an improving global business environment,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “Orders grew 19% with orders growth around the world. Total segment profit grew 12%, Industrial margins grew 120 basis points in the quarter, and we are on track for planned margin expansion of 70 basis points for the year. GE Capital continues to perform well, and we finished the quarter with a Tier 1 common ratio of 11.3%, up 116 basis points.

“Our Industrial strength was broad based, with six of seven businesses growing earnings. As expected, our Power & Water business is strengthening in the second half of the year. Our strategic initiatives are working: growth market orders expanded 22%; service revenues grew 7%; and margins grew significantly, driven by a positive value gap and company-wide simplification efforts. We have reduced Industrial structural costs by approximately $1 billion year-to-date, and will exceed our plan for the year.”

Orders for the quarter rose 19% to $25.7 billion. GE's backlog of equipment and services at the end of the quarter was its highest ever at $229 billion, up $6 billion from the second quarter. Infrastructure order pricing was flat for the quarter. The ratio of equipment orders received to sales billed (book-to-bill) was 1.2.

During the quarter, GE announced one of the largest power agreements in company history to supply Algeria's Sonelgaz with power generation equipment and services for six new combined-cycle power plants, valued at $1.9 billion. Also during the quarter, GE received an order of approximately $600 million to provide turbomachinery equipment to Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project, an order from Air Asia for 528 LEAP aircraft engines produced by CFM International (a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma), and a commitment from Lufthansa for the new GE9X engine for 34 Boeing 777-9X aircraft, valued at more than $2.5 billion at list price.

GE Capital continues to decrease the size of its portfolio, while focusing on its core businesses. GE Capital earnings rose 13% on positive results from its Real Estate and Consumer businesses. ENI (excluding cash and equivalents) was $385 billion at quarter-end. Volume was up 6% for the quarter, with good returns. General Electric Capital Corporation's (GECC) Tier 1 common ratio rose 116 basis points to 11.3%, and net interest margin was strong at 5%. During the quarter, GECC paid $2 billion in dividends to the parent.

Industrial cash from operating activities (CFOA), excluding NBCUniversal deal-related taxes and pension contributions, was $5.9 billion, up 5% from the year-ago period. Year-to-date total CFOA of $7.8 billion was 27% lower due to NBCU deal-related taxes and the timing of GE Capital dividends. GE ended the quarter with $87 billion of consolidated cash and cash equivalents, and is on track to generate $14 billion to $17 billion of CFOA this year.

GE continues to execute on its balanced, disciplined capital allocation plan. GE has returned $13.9 billion to investors year-to-date through dividends and share buybacks. During the quarter, GE closed its acquisition of Avio Aero, an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft. Also during the quarter, GE closed its acquisition of Lufkin Industries, a leading provider of artificial lift technologies for the oil and gas industry and a manufacturer of industrial gears. GE also officially formed a global partnership with XD Electric Group to offer high voltage transmission and distribution solutions and provide customers in China with localized grid automation equipment and services.

Immelt concluded, “This quarter we delivered on our major strategic goals for investors. We grew Industrial segment profits 11% with good margin expansion. GE Capital is smaller and stronger; it is returning cash to the parent, while maintaining its profitability. And with a record backlog of $229 billion, we are winning in the market and are well positioned for 2014. Our overall framework for the year is unchanged.”

Third-Quarter Highlights:

Third-quarter operating earnings were $3.7 billion, down 3% from third-quarter 2012 and operating EPS was $0.36, flat with the year-ago period. GAAP earnings from continuing operations (attributable to GE) were $3.3 billion, or $0.32 per share, down 5% and 3% respectively from the third quarter of 2012. Operating earnings include $0.02 per share of restructuring and other charges and $0.02 per share of Avio acquisition-related charges, with no offsetting industrial gains.

Including the effects of discontinued operations, third-quarter net earnings attributable to GE were $3.2 billion ($0.31 per share) in 2013 compared with $3.5 billion ($0.33 per share) in the third quarter of 2012.

Third-quarter revenues were down 1% at $35.7 billion. Industrial sales of $25.3 billion rose 2% versus the third quarter of 2012. GECC revenues of $10.7 billion fell 5% from last year.

Cash generated from GE operating activities year-to-date totaled $7.8 billion ($9.8 billion excluding NBCU deal-related taxes), compared to $10.7 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 third-quarter results on a webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET today, available at www.ge.com/investor. Related charts are now posted on our website for your review prior to the call.

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ge.com.

GE's Investor Relations website at www.ge.com/investor and our corporate blog at www.gereports.com, as well as GE's Facebook page and Twitter accounts, including @GE_Reports, contain a significant amount of information about GE, including financial and other information for investors. GE encourages investors to visit these websites from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

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 sovereign debt situations; 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 or to repurchase shares 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. This document may also contain non-GAAP financial information. Management uses this information in its internal analysis of results and believes that this information may be informative to investors in gauging the quality of our financial performance, identifying trends in our results and providing meaningful period-to-period comparisons. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures presented in this document, see the accompanying supplemental information posted to the investor relations section of our website at www.ge.com .

In this document, “GE” refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECC on an equity basis. “GE (ex. GECC)” and/or “Industrial” refer to GE excluding Financial Services.”

 
 

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

Condensed Statement of Earnings
(unaudited)
                      Financial
Consolidated GE(a) Services (GECC)
Three Months Ended September 30   2013 2012 V% 2013 2012 V% 2013   2012   V%
Revenues and other income
Sales of goods and services $ 25,152 $ 24,539 2% $ 25,262 $ 24,749 2% $ 33 $ 34 (3)%
Other income 363 787 271 818
GECC earnings from continuing operations 1,895 1,675
GECC revenues from services   10,210     10,928             10,637     11,240  
Total revenues and other income   35,725     36,254   (1)%   27,428     27,242   1%   10,670     11,274   (5)%
 
Costs and expenses

Cost of sales, operating and administrative expenses

28,162 27,380 23,493 23,024 4,988 4,781
Interest and other financial charges 2,462 2,972 338 294 2,241 2,798

Investment contracts, insurance losses and insurance annuity benefits

672 756 714 798
Provision for losses on financing receivables   821     1,122             821     1,122  
Total costs and expenses   32,117     32,230   -%   23,831     23,318   2%   8,764     9,499   (8)%
 

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

3,608 4,024 (10)% 3,597 3,924 (8)% 1,906 1,775 7%
Benefit (provision) for income taxes   (345 )   (557 )   (344 )   (477 )   (1 )   (80 )
Earnings from continuing operations 3,263 3,467 (6)% 3,253 3,447 (6)% 1,905 1,695 12%

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (82 )   41     (82 )   41     (83 )   (107 )
Net earnings 3,181 3,508 (9)% 3,171 3,488 (9)% 1,822 1,588 15%

Less net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

  (10 )   17     (20 )   (3 )   10     20  

Net earnings attributable to the Company

3,191 3,491 (9)% 3,191 3,491 (9)% 1,812 1,568 16%
Preferred stock dividends declared                        

Net earnings attributable to GE common shareowners

$ 3,191   $ 3,491   (9)% $ 3,191   $ 3,491   (9)% $ 1,812   $ 1,568   16%
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 3,273 $ 3,450 (5)% $ 3,273 $ 3,450 (5)% $ 1,895 $ 1,675 13%

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (82 )   41     (82 )   41     (83 )   (107 )

Net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 3,191   $ 3,491   (9)% $ 3,191   $ 3,491   (9)% $ 1,812   $ 1,568   16%
 

Per-share amounts - earnings from continuing operations

Diluted earnings per share $ 0.32 $ 0.33 (3)%
Basic earnings per share $ 0.32 $ 0.33 (3)%
 
Per-share amounts - net earnings
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.31 $ 0.33 (6)%
Basic earnings per share $ 0.31 $ 0.33 (6)%
 
Total average equivalent shares
Diluted shares 10,223 10,568 (3)%
Basic shares 10,151 10,523 (4)%
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.19 $ 0.17 12%
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 3,273 $ 3,450 (5)%

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

  426     348  
Operating earnings (non-GAAP measure) $ 3,699   $ 3,798   (3)%
 

Operating earnings – diluted earnings per share

$ 0.36 $ 0.36 -%
 
 
(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
Condensed Statement of Earnings
(unaudited)
                      Financial
Consolidated GE(a) Services (GECC)
Nine Months Ended September 30   2013 2012 V% 2013 2012 V% 2013   2012   V%
Revenues and other income
Sales of goods and services $ 71,841 $ 73,069 (2)% $ 72,188 $ 73,574 (2)% $ 90 $ 90 -%
Other income 2,082 1,737 1,893 1,827
GECC earnings from continuing operations 5,744 5,569
GECC revenues from services   31,935     32,925             33,095     33,878  
Total revenues and other income   105,858     107,731   (2)%   79,825     80,970   (1)%   33,185     33,968   (2)%
 
Costs and expenses

Cost of sales, operating and administrative expenses

81,335 81,182 67,506 68,310 14,794 13,993
Interest and other financial charges 7,700 9,521 988 960 7,046 8,962

Investment contracts, insurance losses and insurance annuity benefits

2,022 2,155 2,131 2,271
Provision for losses on financing receivables   3,338     2,728             3,338     2,728  
Total costs and expenses   94,395     95,586   (1)%   68,494     69,270   (1)%   27,309     27,954   (2)%
 

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

11,463 12,145 (6)% 11,331 11,700 (3)% 5,876 6,014 (2)%
Benefit (provision) for income taxes   (1,159 )   (1,718 )   (1,065 )   (1,319 )   (94 )   (399 )
Earnings from continuing operations 10,304 10,427 (1)% 10,266 10,381 (1)% 5,782 5,615 3%

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (313 )   (709 )   (313 )   (709 )   (313 )   (857 )

Net earnings

9,991 9,718 3% 9,953 9,672 3% 5,469 4,758 15%

Less net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

  140     88     102     42     38     46  

Net earnings attributable to the Company

9,851 9,630 2% 9,851 9,630 2% 5,431 4,712 15%
Preferred stock dividends declared                   (135 )    

Net earnings attributable to GE common shareowners

$ 9,851   $ 9,630   2% $ 9,851   $ 9,630   2% $ 5,296   $ 4,712   12%
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 10,164 $ 10,339 (2)% $ 10,164 $ 10,339 (2)% $ 5,744 $ 5,569 3%

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

  (313 )   (709 )   (313 )   (709 )   (313 )   (857 )

Net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 9,851   $ 9,630   2% $ 9,851   $ 9,630   2% $ 5,431   $ 4,712   15%
 

Per-share amounts - earnings from continuing operations

Diluted earnings per share $ 0.98 $ 0.98 -%
Basic earnings per share $ 0.99 $ 0.98 1%
 
Per-share amounts - net earnings
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.95 $ 0.91 4%
Basic earnings per share $ 0.96 $ 0.91 5%
 
Total average equivalent shares
Diluted shares 10,328 10,590 (2)%
Basic shares 10,262 10,552 (3)%
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.57 $ 0.51 12%
 
 
Amounts attributable to the Company:
Earnings from continuing operations $ 10,164 $ 10,339 (2)%

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

  1,279     1,036  
Operating earnings (non-GAAP measure) $ 11,443   $ 11,375   1%
 

Operating earnings – diluted earnings per share

$ 1.11 $ 1.07 4%
 
 
(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 September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(Dollars in millions) 2013   2012   V% 2013   2012   V%
 
Revenues(a)
Power & Water $ 6,498 $ 7,196 (10)% $ 17,038 $ 20,647 (17)%
Oil & Gas 4,315 3,645 18% 11,669 10,693 9%
Energy Management 1,828 1,879 (3)% 5,557 5,478 1%
Aviation 5,364 4,781 12% 15,741 14,527 8%
Healthcare 4,304 4,307 -% 13,083 13,107 -%
Transportation 1,406 1,409 -% 4,425 4,244 4%
Home & Business Solutions   2,098     1,955   7%   6,142     5,899   4%
Total industrial segment revenues 25,813 25,172 3% 73,655 74,595 (1)%
GE Capital   10,670     11,274   (5)%   33,185     33,968   (2)%
Total segment revenues 36,483 36,446 -% 106,840 108,563 (2)%
Corporate items and eliminations(a)   (758 )   (192 ) U   (982 )   (832 ) (18)%

Consolidated revenues and other income from continuing operations

$ 35,725   $ 36,254   (1)% $ 105,858   $ 107,731   (2)%
 
Segment profit(a)
Power & Water $ 1,289 $ 1,184 9% $ 3,095 $ 3,675 (16)%
Oil & Gas 519 469 11% 1,376 1,275 8%
Energy Management 18 42 (57)% 64 67 (4)%
Aviation 1,091 924 18% 3,094 2,708 14%
Healthcare 665 620 7% 1,986 1,899 5%
Transportation 306 265 15% 886 779 14%
Home & Business Solutions   77     60   28%   239     196   22%
Total industrial segment profit 3,965 3,564 11% 10,740 10,599 1%
GE Capital   1,895     1,675   13%   5,744     5,569   3%
Total segment profit 5,860 5,239 12% 16,484 16,168 2%
 
Corporate items and eliminations(a) (1,904 ) (1,018 ) (87)% (4,266 ) (3,550 ) (20)%
GE interest and other financial charges (338 ) (294 ) (15)% (988 ) (960 ) (3)%
GE provision for income taxes   (345 )   (477 ) 28%   (1,066 )   (1,319 ) 19%
 

Earnings from continuing operations attributable to the Company

3,273 3,450 (5)% 10,164 10,339 (2)%
 

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

  (82 )   41   U   (313 )   (709 ) 56%
 

Consolidated net earnings attributable to the Company

$ 3,191   $ 3,491   (9)% $ 9,851   $ 9,630   2%
 
(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 September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(Dollars in millions) 2013   2012   V% 2013   2012   V%
 
GE Capital
 
Revenues $ 10,670 $ 11,274 (5)% $ 33,185 $ 33,968 (2)%
 
Segment profit $ 1,895 $ 1,675 13% $ 5,744 $ 5,569 3%
 
Revenues
Commercial Lending and Leasing (CLL) $ 3,677 $ 4,028 (9)% $ 11,091 $ 12,406 (11)%
Consumer 3,747 3,911 (4)% 11,353 11,600 (2)%
Real Estate 689 948 (27)% 3,218 2,660 21%
Energy Financial Services 438 401 9% 1,084 1,086 -%
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) 1,312 1,249 5% 3,973 3,897 2%
 
Segment profit
CLL $ 479 $ 563 (15)% $ 1,702 $ 1,855 (8)%
Consumer 889 749 19% 2,240 2,485 (10)%
Real Estate 464 217 F 1,589 494 F
Energy Financial Services 150 132 14% 293 325 (10)%
GECAS 173 251 (31)% 825 877 (6)%
 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Financial Position
(unaudited)
                Financial
Consolidated GE(a) Services (GECC)
(Dollars in billions) 9/30/13 12/31/12 9/30/13 12/31/12 9/30/13   12/31/12
 
Assets
Cash & marketable securities $ 130.4 $ 125.9 $ 10.3 $ 15.6 $ 120.1 $ 110.4
Receivables 20.6 19.9 10.7 9.3
Inventories 17.9 15.4 17.9 15.3 0.1 0.1
Financing receivables - net 243.8 258.0 254.2 269.0
Property, plant & equipment - net 68.7 69.0 17.0 16.0 51.7 53.0
Investment in GECC 79.2 77.9
Goodwill & intangible assets 92.3 85.2 64.4 56.8 27.9 28.3
Other assets 85.8 109.5 32.7 45.5 59.2 70.1
Assets of businesses held for sale 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2
Assets of discontinued operations   1.7   2.3       1.7   2.3
 
Total assets $ 661.4 $ 685.4 $ 232.3 $ 236.4 $ 515.0 $ 533.4
 
Liabilities and equity
Borrowings and bank deposits $ 388.1 $ 414.1 $ 12.6 $ 17.5 $ 376.1 $ 397.3

Investment contracts, insurance liabilities and insurance annuity benefits

26.7 28.3 27.2 28.7
Other liabilities 115.1 111.9 96.0 95.0 24.8 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 122.7 123.0 122.7 123.0 84.1 81.9
Noncontrolling interests   6.4   5.4   0.9   0.8   0.5   0.7
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 661.4 $ 685.4 $ 232.3 $ 236.4 $ 515.0 $ 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.

 
 

Other 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), operating EPS excluding restructuring and other charges, GE Capital ending net investment (ENI) excluding cash and equivalents, cash generated from GE Industrial operating activities (Industrial CFOA), Industrial CFOA excluding certain items, GE CFOA excluding NBCU deal-related taxes and Industrial CFOA excluding NBCU deal-related taxes. The reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measures follow.
 
Operating Earnings and Operating Earnings Per Share
             
(Dollars in millions; except earnings per share) Three Months Ended September 30
2013 2012 V%
 
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to GE $ 3,273 $ 3,450 (5)%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   426   348
Operating earnings $ 3,699 $ 3,798 (3)%
 

Earnings per share – diluted(a)

Continuing earnings per share $ 0.32 $ 0.33 (3)%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   0.04   0.03
Operating earnings per share $ 0.36 $ 0.36 -%
 
Adjustment (net of taxes): Avio acquisition-related charges $ 0.02
Adjustment (net of taxes): restructuring and other charges   0.02
Operating EPS excluding restructuring and other charges $ 0.40
 
Nine Months Ended September 30
(Dollars in millions; except earnings per share) 2013 2012 V%
 
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to GE $ 10,164 $ 10,339 (2)%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   1,279   1,036
Operating earnings $ 11,443 $ 11,375 1%
 

Earnings per share – diluted(a)

Continuing earnings per share $ 0.98 $ 0.98 -%
Adjustment (net of tax): non-operating pension costs/(income)   0.12   0.10
Operating earnings per share $ 1.11 $ 1.07 4%
 
(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 investors may find it useful to compare our operating earnings excluding the effects of restructuring and other charges and Avio acquisition-related charges. 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
 
September 30,
(In billions) 2013
 
Financial Services (GECC) total assets $     515.0
Adjustment: deferred income taxes       5.7  
GECC total assets 520.7
Less assets of discontinued operations (1.7 )
Less non-interest bearing liabilities       (58.1 )
GE Capital ENI 460.9
Less cash and equivalents       (76.3 )
GE Capital ENI, excluding cash and equivalents $     384.6  
 
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.
 
Industrial CFOA, GE and Industrial CFOA excluding NBCU Deal-Related Taxes and Pension Contributions
           
Nine Months Ended September 30
(Dollars in millions) 2013 2012 V%
 
Cash from GE's operating activities (continuing operations) as reported $ 7,828 $ 10,652 (27)%
Less dividends from GECC   3,947   5,446

Cash from GE's operating activities (continuing operations) excluding dividends from GECC (Industrial CFOA)

3,881 5,206 (25)%
Adjustment: effects of NBCU deal-related taxes 2,016
Adjustment: effect of pension contributions     433
Industrial CFOA excluding NBCU deal-related taxes and pension contributions $ 5,897 $ 5,639 5%
 
Cash from GE's operating activities (continuing operations) as reported $ 7,828
Adjustment: effect of NBCU deal-related taxes   2,016
GE CFOA excluding the effect of NBCU deal-related taxes $ 9,844
 
We define “Industrial CFOA” as GE's cash from operating activities (continuing operations) less the amount of dividends received by GE from GECC. This includes the effects of intercompany transactions, including GE customer receivables sold to GECC; GECC services for trade receivables management and material procurement; buildings and equipment (including automobiles) leased by GE from GECC; information technology (IT) and other services sold to GECC by GE; aircraft engines manufactured by GE that are installed on aircraft purchased by GECC from third-party producers for lease to others; and various investments, loans and allocations of GE corporate overhead costs. We believe that investors may find it useful to compare GE's operating cash flows without the effect of GECC dividends, since these dividends are not representative of the operating cash flows of our industrial businesses and can vary from period to period based upon the results of the financial services businesses. We also believe that investors may find it useful to compare Industrial CFOA excluding the effects of taxes paid related to the NBCU transaction and 2012 pension contributions. Management recognizes that these measures may not be comparable to cash flow results of companies which contain both industrial and financial services businesses, but believes that this comparison is aided by the provision of additional information about the amounts of dividends paid by our financial services business and the separate presentation in our financial statements of the GECC cash flows. We believe that our measures of Industrial CFOA and Industrial CFOA excluding certain items provides management and investors with useful measures to compare the capacity of our industrial operations to generate operating cash flow with the operating cash flow of other non-financial businesses and companies and as such provides useful measures to supplement the reported GAAP CFOA measure.
 

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

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