NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- General Electric ( GE) said early Tuesday its GE Capital unit has agreed to acquire MetLife's U.S. banking unit, which consists of roughly $7.5 billion in deposits and an online banking platform. GE Capital expects the deal to close in mid-2012. MetLife noted that the transaction doesn't include about $3 billion in custodial deposits related to its forward mortgage business, and certain other assets.
GE shares closed Friday at $18.23, flat year-to-date, while MetLife's stock finished at $31.10, down more than 30% on the year. -- Written by Michael Baron in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Michael Baron. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org