General Electric: My Thoughts On The CNBC Interview And The BHGE Sale

Nov. 16, 2018 8:47 AM ETGeneral Electric Company (GE)BKR103 Comments
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  • General Electric's new CEO, Mr. Larry Culp, recently had an interview with CNBC's David Faber. Two points stuck with me.
  • The Baker Hughes sale was announced and, in my opinion, it was a great/necessary decision.
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I have written a lot about General Electric (NYSE:GE) lately, as this company is in the midst of major restructuring efforts that were first announced in November 2017. GE has changed course seven or eight times over the last two years (exaggerating, kind of) but the most recent change occurred when Mr. Larry Culp replaced Mr. John Flannery as CEO.

Mr. Culp has been on the job for only a few weeks now but he is already making himself available to the financial community. And more importantly, he is making structural decisions that will have a lastly impact on this once-great conglomerate.

The Interview

Mr. Culp sat down with CNBC's Mr. David Faber to answer questions and discuss the current state of General Electric. Before going any further, the interview is a must-watch (or read) for shareholders and prospective investors. Here is a transcript of the interview.

Mr. Culp and Mr. Faber discussed many different topics but two [related] points really stuck with me - (1) the focus should be leverage not liquidity, and (2) management has a sense of urgency but they will not panic.

Focus On Leverage Not Liquidity

Mr. Faber asked about several concerns that were raised after GE reported Q3 2018 results and, more specifically, he asked if investors should be concerned about liquidity or leverage.

Mr. Culp's response:

I think that's an important distinction that you just made relative to liquidity verses leverage. Two weeks ago, folks were I think understandably asking the liquidity question. I think we've put that to rest given the fact we've got 20 billion of cash. We have a robust here too CP program and $40 billion of bank lines. We've only tapped two. But I think that gives us a foundation.

He went on to say:

And again, whether it's

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