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GE to Sell Equipment Finance, Receivable Finance Businesses in Germany & France

December 03, 2015, 08:13 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

GE announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the potential sale of its Equipment Finance and Receivable Finance businesses in France and Germany to Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel (BFCM), representing ending net investment (ENI) of approximately US$7.5 billion / EU€6.6 billion. The proposed transaction will be submitted to the relevant works councils for their information and consultation. The completion of the transaction would also be subject to customary regulatory and antitrust approvals.

“We’re pleased to sign this MOU with BFCM for a significant piece of our European business,” said Keith Sherin, GE Capital chairman and CEO. “As we continue to execute on our strategy to significantly reduce the size of GE Capital, we are excited that our long-time partner for French factoring would take forward our CLL business in France and Germany,” he added.

GE Capital’s Commercial Lending and Leasing (CLL) platforms in France and Germany provide factoring and leasing products and services to a broad range of commercial customers. As of 3Q 2015, the platforms had net earning assets (NEA) of respectively US$6.5B and US$3.8B.

BFCM is part of CM11 which belongs to Crédit Mutuel group, the second largest retail bank in France with a strong competitive positioning in home loans, SME and non-life insurance.

As previously announced, GE is embarking on a strategy to focus on its high-value industrial businesses and is selling most of GE Capital’s assets. GE will retain the financing “verticals” that relate to GE’s industrial businesses. The transaction would, if completed, contribute approximately US$1.3 billion of capital to the overall target of approximately US$35 billion of dividends expected to be paid to GE under this plan (subject to regulatory approval).

JP Morgan and Barclays Capital provided financial advice to GE.

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