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Energy and Resources GE Capital to sell its energy finance unit to Starwood Property for $2.56-billion

General Electric Co.’s financing arm said on Wednesday it will sell its energy finance unit and loan portfolio to Starwood Property Trust Inc. for US$2.56-billion, as part of a plan to shrink itself into a smaller, more focused business.

The 126-year-old industrial conglomerate has been divesting assets worth billions from its GE Capital unit since 2015 to focus on jet engines, power plants and renewable energy.

The agreement with Starwood also includes the transfer of a team of employees, GE Capital said.

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The deal, expected to close in the third quarter, would add to Starwood’s core earnings, the real estate investment trust said.

GE shares were marginally were down more than 1 per cent in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday.

Citigroup Global Markets was financial adviser to GE Capital, and Shearman & Sterling LLP provided legal advice. Sidley Austin LLP and Paul Hastings LLP were legal advisers to Starwood.

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