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GE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2020 RESULTS

October 28, 2020

Building momentum amidst still-difficult environment

  • Total orders $15.5B, (31)%; organic orders (28)%
  • Total revenues (GAAP) $19.4B, (17)%; Industrial organic revenues* $17.9B, (12)%
  • Industrial profit margin (GAAP) of (7.2)%, (510) bps; adjusted Industrial profit margin* 5.6%, (440) bps
  • Continuing EPS (GAAP) of $(0.13), including non-cash impairment charges in Steam Power and the impact of marking GE's investment in Baker Hughes to market; adjusted EPS* $0.06
  • GE CFOA (GAAP) $90M; Industrial free cash flow* $514M

BOSTON — October 28, 2020 — GE (NYSE:GE) announced results today for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2020.

GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. said, “I am proud of the GE team’s work in the third quarter to build momentum while continuing to protect the safety of our employees, serve our customers and communities, and preserve GE’s strengths. We are improving our profit and cash performance with organic margin expansion in every segment except Aviation, though orders more broadly remain under pressure."

Culp added, "We are managing through a still-difficult environment with better operational execution across our businesses, and we are on track with our cost and cash actions. While our work continues, GE’s transformation is accelerating, and we expect Industrial free cash flow to be at least $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter and positive in 2021. We remain focused on unlocking upside potential for the long term.”

GE continues to take action on its priorities:

  • Strengthened operational execution, delivering sequential improvement in organic revenue growth, operating margins, and Industrial free cash flow* in all segments in the third quarter. GE has also realized 75% of its target of more than $2 billion of cost actions and more than $3 billion of cash actions in 2020.
  • Reduced debt by $11.7 billion year to date, including $8.1 billion in GE Industrial debt and $3.6 billion in GE Capital debt. GE also reduced debt by $2.6 billion in the third quarter.
  • Continued to mark new innovation and technology milestones, including:
    • Gas Power is supplying the first purpose-built hydrogen-burning power plant in the U.S. with 7HA.02 turbines, which can transition to 100% hydrogen over time. GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy and TerraPower also won U.S. Department of Energy funding for their NatriumTM sodium-fast reactor.
    • Renewable Energy launched the uprated 13-megawatt Haliade-X offshore wind turbine to power what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, at Dogger Bank.
    • The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Aviation's GE9X engine, the world’s most powerful commercial aircraft engine and designed to be the most fuel-efficient GE has ever built.
    • Healthcare introduced several AI-enhanced Healthcare solutions, including its Vivid Ultra Edition cardiovascular ultrasound. It also more than quintupled production capacity for the CARESCAPE R860 ventilator this year and partnered with Ford to deliver 50,000 Airon-licensed ventilators.
  • Launched $3 billion aviation leasing investment venture with PIMCO, providing financing to help airlines upgrade their fleets with new and young fuel-efficient aircraft at a critical time for the industry.
  • Announced it will pursue an exit from the new build coal power market1 and continue to focus on and invest in its core renewable energy and power generation businesses.
  • Set new goal of carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030 after achieving 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target one year ahead of schedule.

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For us, particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include:

  • the severity, magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts of the pandemic, businesses' and governments' responses to the pandemic and of individual factors such as aviation passenger confidence on our operations and personnel, and on commercial activity and demand across our and our customers' businesses, and on global supply chains;
  • our inability to predict the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic and related impacts will continue to adversely impact our business operations, financial performance, results of operations, financial position, the prices of our securities and the achievement of our strategic objectives;
  • changes in macroeconomic and market conditions and market volatility (including developments and volatility arising from the COVID-19 pandemic), including interest rates, the value of securities and other financial assets (including our equity ownership position in Baker Hughes), oil, natural gas and other commodity prices and exchange rates, and the impact of such changes and volatility on our financial position and businesses;
  • our de-leveraging and capital allocation plans, including with respect to actions to reduce our indebtedness, the timing and amount of GE dividends, organic investments, and other priorities;
  • further downgrades of our current short- and long-term credit ratings or ratings outlooks, or changes in rating application or methodology, and the related impact on our liquidity, funding profile, costs and competitive position;
  • GE’s liquidity and the amount and timing of our GE Industrial cash flows and earnings, which may be impacted by customer, supplier, competitive, contractual and other dynamics and conditions;
  • GE Capital's capital and liquidity needs, including in connection with GE Capital’s run-off insurance operations and discontinued operations, the amount and timing of required capital contributions to the insurance operations and any strategic actions that we may pursue; the impact of conditions in the financial and credit markets on GE Capital's ability to sell financial assets; the availability and cost of funding; and GE Capital's exposure to particular counterparties and markets, including through GECAS to the aviation sector and adverse impacts related to COVID-19;
  • our success in executing and completing asset dispositions or other transactions, including our plan to exit our equity ownership position in Baker Hughes, the timing of closing for such transactions and the expected proceeds and benefits to GE;
  • global economic trends, competition and geopolitical risks, including changes in the rates of investment or economic growth in key markets we serve, or an escalation of sanctions, tariffs or other trade tensions between the U.S. and China or other countries, and related impacts on our businesses' global supply chains and strategies;
  • market developments or customer actions that may affect levels of demand and the financial performance of the major industries and customers we serve, such as secular, cyclical and competitive pressures in our Power business, pricing and other pressures in the renewable energy market, levels of demand for air travel and other customer dynamics such as early aircraft retirements, conditions in key geographic markets and other shifts in the competitive landscape for our products and services;
  • operational execution by our businesses, including our ability to improve the operations and execution of our Power and Renewable Energy businesses, and the performance of our Aviation business;
  • changes in law, regulation or policy that may affect our businesses, such as trade policy and tariffs, regulation related to climate change, and the effects of U.S. tax reform and other tax law changes;
  • our decisions about investments in new products, services and platforms, and our ability to launch new products in a cost-effective manner;
  • our ability to increase margins through implementation of operational changes, restructuring and other cost reduction measures;
  • the impact of regulation and regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks, including the impact of Alstom, SEC and other investigative and legal proceedings;
  • the impact of actual or potential failures of our products or third-party products with which our products are integrated, such as the fleet grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, and the timing of its return to service and return to delivery, and related reputational effects;
  • the impact of potential information technology, cybersecurity or data security breaches; and
  • the other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as such descriptions may be updated or amended in any future reports we file with the SEC.

These or other 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 release includes certain forward-looking projected financial information that is based on current estimates and forecasts, and actual results could differ materially. Refer also to the webcast of our investor conference later this morning for additional discussion of our outlook and uncertainties that could cause our future results to be different than our current expectations.

General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) has been merged into GE and our financial services business is now operated by GE Capital Global Holdings, LLC (GECGH). In our public communications and SEC filings, we refer to GECC and GECGH as “GE Capital”. We refer to the industrial businesses of the Company including GE Capital on an equity basis as “GE”. “GE (ex-GE Capital)” and /or “Industrial” refer to GE excluding GE Capital. Our financial services segment previously referred to as GE Capital is now referred to as Capital.

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Additional Financial Information

Additional financial information can be found on the Company’s website at: www.ge.com/investor under Events and Reports.

Conference Call and Webcast

GE will discuss its results during its investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. ET. The conference call will be broadcast live via webcast, and the webcast and accompanying slide presentation containing financial information can be accessed by visiting the Events and Reports page on GE’s website at: www.ge.com/investor. An archived version of the webcast will be available on the website after the call.

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) rises to the challenge of building a world that works. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today the company’s dedicated team, leading technology, and global reach and capabilities help the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. GE’s people are diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest level of integrity and focus to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for its customers. www.ge.com

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