How Will GE (GE) Stock Be Affected By Support From French Energy Minister For Alstom Deal?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Electric Co.  (GE) made an offer to buy turbines and the grid business from Alstom, a French multinational conglomerate with interest in power generation and transport markets, for $16.9 billion but the French government wants Alstom to hold out for better offers, Reuters reports.

France's energy minister, Segolene Royal, told the magazine Paris Match she thinks the deal with GE is "a very good opportunity."

The partnership is under the threat of government intervention as France's industrial minister Arnaud Montebourg warned GE he would not allow the American company to take away the country's "symbol of industrial freedom," The Telegraph reports.

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Another buyer interested in Alcom is the German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG  (SI).

Alstom gave itself until the end of May to review it options, Reuters said.

Shares of GE are down -0.33% to $26.83 on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL ELECTRIC CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENERAL ELECTRIC CO (GE) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • GE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC CO's earnings per share declined by 17.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL ELECTRIC CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.47 versus $1.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.70 versus $1.47).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Industrial Conglomerates industry. The net income has decreased by 15.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3,527.00 million to $2,999.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.89 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GE Ratings Report
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