General Electric slashed its quarterly dividend and announced it would split its power business into two separate divisions.
The industrial conglomerate took a $22 billion charge in its power division and swung to a third-quarter loss that was bigger than most industry analysts had expected.
The restructuring of the power business will include a gas-focused division that combines its gas product and services groups. The second unit will include steam, grid solutions, nuclear and power conversion.
The company on Tuesday cut its dividend to a penny, from 12 cents per share. A large proportion of GE shares are held by individuals, who appeared to overlook that news early Tuesday in hopes that the worst may be behind the company.
GE this month ousted CEO John Flannery after only about a year on the job, replacing him with Larry Culp, a highly regarded executive who last led Danaher Corp.
The reduced dividend will allow GE to keep about $3.9 billion in cash each year, it said Tuesday. GE had been paying a dividend of 12 cents since December 2017, when it was cut from 24 cents, according to FactSet. Before that, former CEO Jeffrey Immelt cut the dividend from 31 cents to 10 cents in 2009, which was the first time the company cut the dividend in decades.
For the period ended Sept. 30, GE lost $22.8 million, or $2.63 per share. A year earlier the Boston company earned $1.3 million, or 16 cents per share.
Excluding the $22 million charge tied to its power business and other items, earnings were 14 cents per share, which was 7 cents short of expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.
Revenue declined to $29.57 billion from $30.66 billion, which was also short of expectations.
GE is facing a series of investigations and was removed from the Dow Jones industrial average in June. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into how GE took a $15 billion hit after a subsidiary, North American Life & Health, miscalculated how much it would cost to pay for the care of people who lived longer than projected.
GE also said in February that the Justice Department may take action in connection to an investigation into the company’s subprime mortgage loans business.
This article provided by NewsEdge.