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GE Completes Sale of U.S. Sponsor Finance Business

August 24, 2015, 07:06 AM

GE announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its U.S. Sponsor Finance business and a bank loan portfolio, representing aggregate ending net investment (ENI) of approximately $10 billion, to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a transaction valued at more than $11 billion.

“We are excited to complete the sale of Sponsor Finance to CPPIB,” said Keith Sherin, GE Capital chairman and CEO. “As one of the first major closings in this process, it is an important milestone as we continue to execute on our plan to sell most of the assets of GE Capital,” added Sherin.

As previously announced, GE is embarking on a strategy to focus on its high-value industrial businesses and is selling most GE Capital assets. GE and its Board of Directors have determined that current market conditions are favorable to pursue disposition of these assets. GE will retain the financing “verticals” that relate to GE’s industrial businesses. 

The Sponsor Finance transaction closes at a valuation consistent with signing and, as expected, releases approximately $2.5 billion of capital. GE Capital believes it is on track to deliver about $35 billion of dividends to GE under this plan, as previously announced (subject to regulatory approval). Changes in the transaction size were driven by normal portfolio seasonality and pay-off in the bank loan portfolio during the sign to close period.

Mr. Sherin concluded, “We wish our Sponsor Finance team a successful future as they join CPPIB and grow the business under the new owner.”

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