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  • Previous Rank9
  • Revenues ($M)148,321
  • Revenue Percent Change1.4%
  • Profits ($M)15,233
  • Profits Percent Change16.7%
  • Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)249,775

GE announced in April that it would offload its consumer lending business over the next two years, trading the risk and uncertainty of big banking for a reassertion of the company’s industrial might. The move could help the maker of jet engines, medical devices, and oil drilling equipment reclaim its title as one of the greatest dividend stocks in the S&P 500. (Through share buybacks and dividends, the company plans to return more than $90 billion to investors by 2018.) Meanwhile, GE is doubling down on its energy stakes, tendering a nearly $14 billion bid to acquire the French industrial giant Alstom’s gas and steam turbine business in what would be GE’s biggest deal ever. CEO Jeff Immelt is powering ahead with the company’s transformation. As he told a graduating class at Siena College in New York: “At GE, we have a purpose. We move, build, power and cure the world.”

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Company Info

CEO
Jeffrey R. Immelt
Industry
Diversified Financials
Sector
Financials
HQ Location
Fairfield, CT
Websitehttp://www.ge.com
Years on List21

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)148,3211.4%
Profits ($M)15,23316.7%
Total Stockholder Equity128,159-
Employees305,000-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)249,775-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues10.3%
Profits as % of Assets2.3%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity11.9%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)1.5
EPS % Change (from 2013)18.1%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)8.2%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-0.7%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)-6.7%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)14.3%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)-0.2%