NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today General Electric Co. (GE) announced it has agreed to extend the deadline for its $16.9 billion bid for Alstom's energy business to June 23 from June 2 at the request of the French government.
The French government has been reluctant to agree to the American company's proposal and is said to favor the offer made by the German company Siemens AG (SI).
GE said it agreed to the deadline extension as a way to "facilitate ongoing discussions with the government."
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"The industrial project we have presented is good for Alstom, for France and for GE, and our discussions have continued to be constructive," GE said.
Shares of GE are up 0.13% to $26.52 on Thursday.
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 a few notable strengths, 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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.0%. 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).
- Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4,961.00 million or 7.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, GENERAL ELECTRIC CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 45.80%.
- The gross profit margin for GENERAL ELECTRIC CO is rather high; currently it is at 51.60%. Regardless of GE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.82% trails the industry average.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GE Ratings Report