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PRESS RELEASE                                           

GE Earned $18.1B in ‘08;
4Q ‘08 Results in Line with December Outlook;
Industrial CFOA of $16.7B up 5%;
Cash on Balance Sheet Grew from $16B in 3Q to $48B at YE;
No Change to Plan for $1.24 Dividend, ‘09 Framework,
and Running Company to be Triple-A

 
 

 

4Q and FY 2008 Highlights (Continuing Operations)

 
§  
4Q earnings per share (EPS) of $.37 before preferred dividend (including charges), or $.36 attributable to common shareowners (including charges); 4Q earnings of $3.9 billion
§  
Full-year (FY) EPS of $1.79 before preferred dividend, or $1.78 attributable to common shareowners; FY earnings of $18.1 billion
§  
Infrastructure and Media earnings up 3% in 4Q and 10% for year
§  
Capital Finance earned $1 billion in 4Q and $8.6 billion for year
§  
4Q revenues of $46.2 billion, impacted by stronger U.S. dollar and business exits; FY revenues of $183 billion, up 6%; FY Industrial organic revenue growth of 8%; global revenue growth of 13%
§  
Recorded $1.5 billion of restructuring, including increased reserves in current environment, versus guidance of up to $1.4 billion
§  
Through today, achieved 64% of 2009 long-term debt goal; commercial paper of $72 billion at year-end, a decrease of $29 billion year-over-year
§  
Infrastructure 4Q orders declined 6%; Total equipment and services backlog grew to $172 billion, up 9%
 
 

 
Fairfield, Conn., Jan. 23, 2009GE announced today fourth-quarter 2008 earnings from continuing operations of $3.9 billion, or $.37 per share before preferred dividend, or $.36 per share attributable to common shareowners. Results included $1.5 billion of after-tax restructuring and other charges, including increased reserves in current environment, which are above the Company’s original plan and the restructuring will lower costs for 2009 and beyond.
 
For the year, revenue was $183 billion, up 6%, and earnings were $18.1 billion, down 19%.  This was the third highest earnings year in GE history.
 
“In a very tough environment, we delivered fourth quarter business results in line with expectations we provided in December,” Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said.  “We grew Infrastructure and Media by 3% in the quarter and 10% for the year.  Energy Infrastructure led the way in the quarter with 11% segment profit growth driven by continued global demand.  Technology Infrastructure grew earnings by 1%, led by 21% growth in Aviation.  NBC Universal segment profits declined 6% in fourth quarter as strong cable earnings were offset by declines in the local stations.
 
“Capital Finance earned $1 billion in the quarter and $8.6 billion for the year,” Immelt said.  “We had several negative impacts to earnings in the quarter including increased loss reserves, negative marks and impairments.  These charges, along with global benefits, generated a tax credit that more than offset our pre-tax loss. We also originated $48 billion of new assets in the quarter at solid margins.
 
“We run the company to have a Triple-A credit rating, and we have significantly strengthened our liquidity position,” Immelt said. “We generated $16.7 billion of industrial cash flow from operations, up 5%. We ended the year with $48 billion in total cash, after paying down our commercial paper balance to $72 billion from $88 billion at the third quarter.  We used $5.5 billion of our equity offering to meet our stated GE Capital debt-to-equity leverage goal of 7:1 by the end of 2008. Through today, we have been able to fund $29 billion of our $45 billion long-term debt needs for 2009.
 
“The first quarter dividend is done, and we are committed to our plan for $1.24 per share for the year. We believe the GE dividend provides our investors with a solid return in this uncertain time,” Immelt said.
 
Full-year and Fourth-quarter 2008 Financial Highlights:
 
Full-year earnings from continuing operations were $18.1 billion, down 19% from $22.5 billion in 2007. EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareowners were $1.78, down 19% from last year’s $2.20.  Segment profit fell 9%, as strong 26% growth at Energy Infrastructure was more than offset by a 29% decline at Capital Finance.
 
Including the effects of discontinued operations, full year 2008 net earnings were $17.4 billion compared with net earnings of $22.2 billion in 2007.
 
Full-year revenues grew 6% to $183 billion reflecting the net effect of acquisitions and core growth.  GE Capital Services’ (GECS) revenues fell 1% from last year to $71.3 billion. Industrial sales were $112.0 billion, an increase of 12% over 2007.
 
Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations were $3.9 billion, down 43% from $6.8 billion in fourth quarter 2007. EPS of $.37 before preferred dividend (including charges), or $.36 attributable to common shareowners, down 47% from last year’s $.68. Segment profit fell 25%, on a 67% decline at Capital Finance.
 
Fourth-quarter revenues were $46.2 billion, down 5% from fourth quarter 2007, reflecting a stronger U.S. dollar, and lower core growth, partially offset by the net effects of acquisitions. GECS revenues fell 18% from the fourth quarter of 2007. Industrial sales were $31.1 billion, a 7% increase from fourth quarter 2007.
 
Cash generated from GE’s operating activities in 2008 totaled $19.1 billion, down 18% from $23.3 billion last year, reflecting a 5% increase from the Industrial businesses. This increase was more than offset by a decrease in GECS’ dividends primarily due to a non-repeat $2.7 billion special dividend and a third quarter 2008 reduction in GECS dividend rate to 10% of earnings.  The Company had solid Industrial cash flow from operating activities of $16.7 billion, an increase of 5% from 2007.
 
“We expect 2009 to be extremely difficult,” Immelt said.  “However, we have taken strong actions to prepare the Company, including strengthening cash flow and liquidity; managing costs; taking restructuring charges; intensifying risk mitigation; accelerating cycle of management reviews; and protecting revenue.  We ended 2008 with $172 billion of Infrastructure equipment and service backlogs.  We have solid momentum in services, global growth and margins.
 
“We have positioned GE to perform through this cycle and return to double-digit growth in a post recession economy,” Immelt said. “At the December 16 outlook meeting, we presented a 2009 financial framework of Infrastructure and Media earnings growth of 0-5%. In addition, we have a differentiated financial services model and should earn approximately $5 billion in Capital Finance earnings. This continues to be our operating framework for 2009.  We will keep the Company safe and secure in these challenging times, but we will continue to invest in future growth. We are building a strong foundation for 2010 and beyond.”
 
GE will discuss preliminary fourth-quarter and full-year results on a conference call and Webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET today.  Call information is available at www.ge.com/investor, and related charts will be posted there prior to the call.
 
* * *
 
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.
 
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements:
"Results are preliminary and unaudited. This document contains “forward-looking statements”- that is, statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” believe,” “seek,” or “will.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, particular uncertainties that could adversely or positively affect our future results include: the behavior of financial markets, including fluctuations in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets:  continued volatility and further deterioration of the capital markets; the commercial and consumer credit environment; the impact of regulation and regulatory, investigative and legal actions; strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions; future integration of acquired businesses; future financial performance of major industries which we serve, including, without limitation, the air and rail transportation, energy generation, media, real estate and healthcare industries; and numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.”
 
Media Contact:
Russell Wilkerson, 203.373.3193 (office); 203.581.2114 (mobile)
russell.wilkerson@ge.com
 
Investor Contact:
Trevor Schauenberg, 203.373.2468 (office)
trevor.schauenberg@ge.com
 

 
1

 

 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Earnings
 
 
Consolidated
   
GE(a)
 
Financial
Services (GECS)
 
Three months ended December 31
 
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
   
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
 
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
     
    
   
    
 
    
    
   
    
   
    
 
       
   
    
   
    
   
Revenues
                                                 
Sales of goods and services
$
31,188
 
$
29,307
       
$
31,114
 
$
29,149
     
$
299
 
$
381
     
Other income (expense) 
 
(107
)
 
700
         
(19
)
 
821
       
   
     
GECS earnings from continuing operations
 
   
         
534
   
3,375
       
   
     
GECS revenues from services
 
15,132
   
18,526
         
   
       
15,487
   
18,910
     
Total revenues
 
46,213
   
48,533
 
(5)
%
   
31,629
   
33,345
 
(5)
%
 
15,786
   
19,291
 
(18)
%
                                                   
Costs and expenses
                                                 
Cost of sales, operating and administrative
                                                 
expenses
 
33,617
   
31,953
         
26,506
   
24,904
       
7,476
   
7,432
     
Interest and other financial charges
 
6,106
   
6,483
         
472
   
565
       
5,874
   
6,228
     
Investment contracts, insurance losses
                                                 
and insurance annuity benefits
 
801
   
868
         
   
       
864
   
903
     
Provision for losses on financing
                                                 
receivables
 
3,065
   
1,299
         
   
       
3,065
   
1,299
     
Minority interest in net earnings of
                                                 
consolidated affiliates
 
139
   
282
         
92
   
262
       
47
   
20
     
Total costs and expenses
 
43,728
   
40,885
 
7
%
   
27,070
   
25,731
 
5
%
 
17,326
   
15,882
 
9
%
                                                   
Earnings from continuing operations
                                                 
before income taxes
 
2,485
   
7,648
 
(68)
%
   
4,559
   
7,614
 
(40)
%
 
(1,540
)
 
3,409
 
U
 
Benefit (provision) for income taxes
 
1,382
   
(821
)
       
(692
)
 
(787
)
     
2,074
   
(34
)
   
Earnings from continuing operations
 
3,867
   
6,827
 
(43)
%
   
3,867
   
6,827
 
(43)
%
 
534
   
3,375
 
(84)
%
                                                   
Loss from discontinued operations,
                                                 
net of taxes
 
(145
)
 
(131
)
       
(145
)
 
(131
)
     
(151
)
 
(130
)
   
                                                   
Net earnings
 
3,722
   
6,696
 
(44)
%
   
3,722
   
6,696
 
(44)
%
 
383
   
3,245
 
(88)
%
                                                   
Preferred stock dividends
 
(75
)
 
         
(75
)
 
       
   
     
Net earnings attributable to common
                                                 
shareowners
$
3,647
 
$
6,696
 
(46)
%
 
$
3,647
 
$
6,696
 
(46)
%
$
383
 
$
3,245
 
(88)
%
                                                   
Per-share amounts – earnings from
                                                 
continuing operations attributable to
                                                 
common shareowners
                                                 
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.36
 
$
0.68
 
(47)
%
                                 
Basic earnings per share
$
0.36
 
$
0.68
 
(47)
%
                                 
                                                   
Per-share amounts – net earnings
                                                 
attributable to common shareowners
                                                 
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.35
 
$
0.66
 
(47)
%
                                 
Basic earnings per share
$
0.35
 
$
0.67
 
(48)
%
                                 
                                                   
Total average equivalent shares
                                                 
Diluted shares
 
10,466
   
10,083
 
4
%
                                 
Basic shares
 
10,461
   
10,048
 
4
%
                                 
                                                   
Dividends declared per share
$
0.31
 
$
0.31
 
                                   
 

(a)
Refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECS on an equity basis.
 
Dollar amounts and share amounts in millions; per-share amounts in dollars; unaudited. Supplemental consolidating data are shown for "GE" and "GECS." Transactions between GE and GECS have been eliminated from the "Consolidated" columns. See note 1 to the 2007 consolidated financial statements at www.ge.com/annual07 for further information about consolidation matters.
 
 
2

 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Earnings
 
 
 
Consolidated
   
GE(a)
 
Financial
Services (GECS)
 
Years ended December 31
 
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
   
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
 
2008
   
2007
 
V
%
               
    
    
   
    
   
    
 
       
   
    
   
    
   
Revenues
                                                 
Sales of goods and services
$
112,769
 
$
99,526
       
$
112,014
 
$
99,796
     
$
1,773
 
$
718
     
Other income
 
1,586
   
3,019
         
1,965
   
3,371
       
   
     
GECS earnings from continuing operations
 
   
         
7,774
   
12,417
       
   
     
GECS revenues from services
 
68,160
   
69,943
         
   
       
69,514
   
71,218
     
Total revenues
 
182,515
   
172,488
 
6
%
   
121,753
   
115,584
 
5
%
 
71,287
   
71,936
 
(1)
%
                                                   
Costs and expenses
                                                 
Cost of sales, operating and administrative
                                                 
expenses
 
125,793
   
113,298
         
97,674
   
87,633
       
29,602
   
27,165
     
Interest and other financial charges
 
26,209
   
23,762
         
2,153
   
1,993
       
25,116
   
22,706
     
Investment contracts, insurance losses
                                                 
and insurance annuity benefits
 
3,213
   
3,469
         
   
       
3,421
   
3,647
     
Provision for losses on financing
                                                 
receivables
 
7,518
   
4,431
         
   
       
7,518
   
4,431
     
Minority interest in net earnings of
                                                 
consolidated affiliates
 
641
   
916
         
410
   
707
       
231
   
209
     
Total costs and expenses
 
163,374
   
145,876
 
12
%
   
100,237
   
90,333
 
11
%
 
65,888
   
58,158
 
13
%
                                                   
Earnings from continuing operations
                                                 
before income taxes
 
19,141
   
26,612
 
(28)
%
   
21,516
   
25,251
 
(15)
%
 
5,399
   
13,778
 
(61)
%
Benefit (provision) for income taxes
 
(1,052
)
 
(4,155
)
       
(3,427
)
 
(2,794
)
     
2,375
   
(1,361
)
   
Earnings from continuing operations
 
18,089
   
22,457
 
(19)
%
   
18,089
   
22,457
 
(19)
%
 
7,774
   
12,417
 
(37)
%
                                                   
Loss from discontinued operations,
                                                 
net of taxes
 
(679
)
 
(249
)
       
(679
)
 
(249
)
     
(719
)
 
(2,116
)
   
                                                   
Net earnings
 
17,410
   
22,208
 
(22)
%
   
17,410
   
22,208
 
(22)
%
 
7,055
   
10,301
 
(32)
%
                                                   
Preferred stock dividends
 
(75
)
 
         
(75
)
 
       
   
     
Net earnings attributable to common
                                                 
shareowners
$
17,335
 
$
22,208
 
(22)
%
 
$
17,335
 
$
22,208
 
(22)
%
$
7,055
 
$
10,301
 
(32)
%
                                                   
Per-share amounts – earnings from
                                                 
continuing operations attributable to
                                                 
common shareowners
                                                 
Diluted earnings per share
$
1.78
 
$
2.20
 
(19)
%
                                 
Basic earnings per share
$
1.79
 
$
2.21
 
(19)
%
                                 
                                                   
Per-share amounts – net earnings
                                                 
attributable to common shareowners
                                                 
Diluted earnings per share
$
1.72
 
$
2.17
 
(21)
%
                                 
Basic earnings per share
$
1.72
 
$
2.18
 
(21)
%
                                 
                                                   
Total average equivalent shares
                                                 
Diluted shares
 
10,098
   
10,218
 
(1)
%
                                 
Basic shares
 
10,080
   
10,182
 
(1)
%
                                 
                                                   
Dividends declared per share
$
1.24
 
$
1.15
 
8
%
                                 
 
(a)
Refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECS on an equity basis.
 
Dollar amounts and share amounts in millions; per-share amounts in dollars; unaudited. Supplemental consolidating data are shown for "GE" and "GECS." Transactions between GE and GECS have been eliminated from the "Consolidated" columns. See note 1 to the 2007 consolidated financial statements at www.ge.com/annual07 for further information about consolidation matters.
 
 
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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Summary of Operating Segments (unaudited)
 
 
Three Months
Ended December 31
 
Twelve Months
December 31
 
(Dollars in millions) 
 
2008
   
2007
   
V
%
 
2008
   
2007
   
V
%
                                     
Revenues
                                   
Technology Infrastructure
$
12,555
 
$
12,492
   
1
 
$
46,316
 
$
42,801
   
8
 
Energy Infrastructure
 
11,407
   
9,447
   
21
   
38,571
   
30,698
   
26
 
Capital Finance
 
14,766
   
17,854
   
(17
)
 
67,008
   
66,301
   
1
 
NBC Universal
 
4,430
   
4,551
   
(3
)
 
16,969
   
15,416
   
10
 
Consumer & Industrial
 
2,747
   
3,326
   
(17
)
 
11,737
   
12,663
   
(7
)
Total segment revenues
 
45,905
   
47,670
   
(4
)
 
180,601
   
167,879
   
8
 
Corporate items and eliminations
 
308
   
863
   
(64
)
 
1,914
   
4,609
   
(58
)
Consolidated revenues from continuing operations
$
46,213
 
$
48,533
   
(5
)
$
182,515
 
$
172,488
   
6
 
                                     
Segment profit (a) 
                                   
Technology Infrastructure
$
2,495
 
$
2,475
   
1
 
$
8,152
 
$
7,883
   
3
 
Energy Infrastructure
 
2,006
   
1,801
   
11
   
6,080
   
4,817
   
26
 
Capital Finance
 
1,030
   
3,163
   
(67
)
 
8,632
   
12,243
   
(29
)
NBC Universal
 
865
   
923
   
(6
)
 
3,131
   
3,107
   
1
 
Consumer & Industrial
 
36
   
254
   
(86
)
 
365
   
1,034
   
(65
)
Total segment profit
 
6,432
   
8,616
   
(25
)
 
26,360
   
29,084
   
(9
)
                                     
Corporate items and eliminations
 
(1,401
)
 
(437
)
 
U
   
(2,691
)
 
(1,840
)
 
(46
)
GE interest and other financial charges
 
(472
)
 
(565
)
 
16
   
(2,153
)
 
(1,993
)
 
(8
)
GE provision for income taxes
 
(692
)
 
(787
)
 
12
   
(3,427
)
 
(2,794
)
 
(23
)
                                     
Earnings from continuing operations
 
3,867
   
6,827
   
(43
)
 
18,089
   
22,457
   
(19
)
                                     
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 
(145
)
 
(131
)
 
(11
)
 
(679
)
 
(249
)
 
U
 
                                     
Consolidated net earnings
$
3,722
 
$
6,696
   
(44
)
$
17,410
 
$
22,208
   
(22
)

(a)
Segment profit always excludes the effects of principal pension plans, results reported as discontinued operations and accounting changes, and may exclude matters such as charges for restructuring; rationalization and other similar expenses; in-process research and development and certain other acquisition-related charges and balances; technology and product development costs; certain gains and losses from dispositions; and litigation settlements or other charges, responsibility for which preceded the current management team.  Segment profit excludes or includes interest and other financial charges and income taxes according to how a particular segment's management is measured – excluded in determining segment profit, which we sometimes refer to as "operating profit," for Technology Infrastructure, Energy Infrastructure, NBC Universal and Consumer & Industrial; included in determining segment profit, which we sometimes refer to as "net earnings," for Capital Finance.
 
 
 
4

 
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Summary of Operating Segments (unaudited)
Additional Information
 
 
Three Months
Ended December 31
 
Twelve Months
December 31
 
(Dollars in millions) 
 
2008
   
2007
   
V
%
 
2008
   
2007
   
V
%
                                     
Technology Infrastructure
                                   
Revenues
$
12,555
 
$
12,492
   
1
 
$
46,316
 
$
42,801
   
8
 
                                     
Segment profit
$
2,495
 
$
2,475
   
1
 
$
8,152
 
$
7,883
   
3
 
                                     
Revenues
                                   
Aviation
$
5,155
 
$
5,049
   
2
 
$
19,239
 
$
16,819
   
14
 
Enterprise Solutions
 
1,178
   
1,270
   
(7
)
 
4,710
   
4,462
   
6
 
Healthcare
 
4,823
   
4,995
   
(3
)
 
17,392
   
16,997
   
2
 
Transportation
 
1,410
   
1,179
   
20
   
5,016
   
4,523
   
11
 
                                     
Segment profit
                                   
Aviation
$
1,161
 
$
959
   
21
 
$
3,684
 
$
3,222
   
14
 
Enterprise Solutions
 
188
   
235
   
(20
)
 
691
   
697
   
(1
)
Healthcare
 
942
   
1,035
   
(9
)
 
2,851
   
3,056
   
(7
)
Transportation
 
212
   
252
   
(16
)
 
962
   
936
   
3
 
                                     
Energy Infrastructure
                                   
Revenues
$
11,407
 
$
9,447
   
21
 
$
38,571
 
$
30,698
   
26
 
                                     
Segment profit
$
2,006
 
$
1,801
   
11
 
$
6,080
 
$
4,817
   
26
 
                                     
Revenues
                                   
Energy
$
8,942
 
$
6,922
   
29
 
$
29,309
 
$
22,456
   
31
 
Oil & Gas
 
2,096
   
2,181
   
(4
)
 
7,417
   
6,849
   
8
 
                                     
Segment profit
                                   
Energy
$
1,639
 
$
1,425
   
15
 
$
4,880
 
$
3,835
   
27
 
Oil & Gas
 
406
   
332
   
22
   
1,127
   
860
   
31
 
                                     
Capital Finance
                                   
Revenues
$
14,766
 
$
17,854
   
(17
)
$
67,008
 
$
66,301
   
1
 
                                     
Segment profit
$
1,030
 
$
3,163
   
(67
)
$
8,632
 
$
12,243
   
(29
)
                                     
Revenues
                                   
CLL
$
6,217
 
$
7,408
   
(16
)
$
26,742
 
$
27,267
   
(2
)
Energy Financial Services
 
687
   
832
   
(17
)
 
3,707
   
2,405
   
54
 
GECAS
 
1,211
   
1,179
   
3
   
4,901
   
4,839
   
1
 
GE Money
 
5,531
   
6,523
   
(15
)
 
25,012
   
24,769
   
1
 
Real Estate
 
1,120
   
1,912
   
(41
)
 
6,646
   
7,021
   
(5
)
                                     
Segment profit
                                   
CLL
$
(200
)
$
1,168
   
U
 
$
1,805
 
$
3,801
   
(53
)
Energy Financial Services
 
219
   
176
   
24
   
825
   
677
   
22
 
GECAS
 
239
   
251
   
(5
)
 
1,194
   
1,211
   
(1
)
GE Money
 
832
   
963
   
(14
)
 
3,664
   
4,269
   
(14
)
Real Estate
 
(60
)
 
605
   
U
   
1,144
   
2,285
   
(50
)

 
5

 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Condensed Statement of Financial Position
 
(Dollars in billions)
Consolidated
   
GE(a)
 
Financial
Services (GECS)
 
Assets
 
12/31/08
    
 
12/31/07
    
    
 
12/31/08
    
 
12/31/07
    
 
12/31/08
    
 
12/31/07
 
Cash & marketable securities
$
89.6
 
$
61.0
   
$
12.3
 
$
7.0
 
$
78.7
 
$
54.4
 
Receivables
 
21.4
   
22.3
     
15.1
   
15.1
   
   
 
Inventories
 
13.7
   
12.9
     
13.6
   
12.8
   
0.1
   
0.1
 
GECS financing receivables – net
 
365.2
   
376.1
     
   
   
372.5
   
384.1
 
Property, plant & equipment – net
 
78.5
   
77.9
     
14.4
   
14.1
   
64.1
   
63.7
 
Investment in GECS
 
   
     
53.3
   
57.7
   
   
 
Goodwill & intangible assets
 
96.7
   
97.3
     
67.8
   
67.3
   
29.0
   
29.9
 
Other assets
 
120.4
   
139.3
     
22.3
   
40.7
   
104.2
   
105.5
 
Assets of businesses held for sale
 
10.6
   
     
   
   
10.6
   
 
Assets of discontinued operations
 
1.7
   
8.9
     
0.1
   
0.1
   
1.7
   
8.8
 
                                       
Total assets
$
797.8
 
$
795.7
   
$
198.9
 
$
214.8
 
$
660.9
 
$
646.5
 
                                       
                                       
Liabilities and equity
                                     
Borrowings
$
523.8
 
$
514.1
   
$
12.2
 
$
15.8
 
$
514.6
 
$
500.9
 
Insurance contracts, insurance liabilities
                                     
and insurance annuity benefits
 
34.0
   
34.1
     
   
   
34.4
   
34.4
 
Other liabilities & minority interest
 
133.3
   
129.9
     
81.8
   
83.1
   
56.8
   
51.8
 
Liabilities of businesses held for sale
 
0.6
   
     
   
   
0.6
   
 
Liabilities of discontinued operations
 
1.4
   
2.0
     
0.2
   
0.3
   
1.2
   
1.7
 
Shareowners’ equity
 
104.7
   
115.6
     
104.7
   
115.6
   
53.3
   
57.7
 
                                       
Total liabilities and equity
$
797.8
 
$
795.7
   
$
198.9
 
$
214.8
 
$
660.9
 
$
646.5
 

(a)
Refers to the Industrial businesses of the Company including GECS on an equity basis.
 
December 31, 2008, information is unaudited.  Supplemental consolidating data are shown for "GE" and "GECS." Transactions between GE and GECS have been eliminated from the "Consolidated" columns. See note 1 to the 2007 consolidated financial statements at www.ge.com/annual07 for further information about consolidation matters.
 
 
6

 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Financial Measures That Supplement GAAP
 
We sometimes use information derived from consolidated financial information but not presented in our financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Certain of these data are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP measure. We have referred to earnings per share before preferred dividend for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2008; Industrial organic revenue growth for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, compared with the twelve months ended December 31, 2007; and growth in industrial cash from operating activities (Industrial CFOA) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, compared with the twelve months ended December 31, 2007. The reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measure follows.
 
 
   
2008
 
   
Three months
   
Twelve months
 
Earnings Per Share Before Preferred Dividend
 
ended
December 31
   
ended
December 31
 
             
Earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to common shareowners
  $ 0.36     $ 1.78  
Effect of preferred stock dividend
    0.01       0.01  
Earnings per share from continuing operations before preferred dividend
  $ 0.37     $ 1.79  

 
The Company issued preferred stock in the fourth quarter of 2008, resulting in the presentation of “earnings per share attributable to common shareowners.” This presentation is different than in the past and we want to ensure our investors fully understand the effect of the preferred stock dividend on our reported EPS. As such, we believe that providing earnings per share information both with and without the effect of the preferred stock dividend provides a useful comparison to prior periods and highlights the effect of the preferred stock dividend on reported EPS.

 
(Dollars in millions)
 
Twelve months
 
   
ended December 31
 
Industrial Organic Revenue Growth - Continuing Operations
 
2008
   
2007
      V %
                     
Revenues as reported
  $ 113,979     $ 103,167       10 %
Less the effects of
                       
Acquisitions, business dispositions (other than dispositions of
                       
businesses acquired for investment) and currency exchange rates
    4,054       2,031          
The 2008 Olympics broadcasts
    1,020      
         
Revenues excluding the effects of acquisitions, business dispositions
                       
   (other than dispositions of businesses acquired for investment), currency exchange
                       
rates and the 2008 Olympics broadcasts
                       
   (organic revenues)
  $ 108,905     $ 101,136       8 %
 
 
Organic revenue growth measures revenue excluding the effects of acquisitions, business dispositions, currency exchange rates and the 2008 Olympics broadcasts for comparison of current period results with the corresponding period of the prior year. We believe that this measure provides management and investors with a more complete understanding of underlying operating results and trends of established, ongoing operations by excluding the effect of acquisitions, dispositions and currency exchange, which activities are subject to volatility and can obscure underlying trends, and the 2008 Olympics broadcasts, which if included would overshadow trends in ongoing revenues. We also believe that presenting organic revenue growth separately for our industrial businesses provides management and investors with useful information about the trends of our industrial businesses and enables a more direct comparison to other non-financial businesses and companies. Management recognizes that the term “organic revenue growth” may be interpreted differently by other companies and under different circumstances. Although this may have an effect on comparability of absolute percentage growth from company to company, we believe that these measures are useful in assessing trends of the respective businesses or companies and may therefore be a useful tool in assessing period-to-period performance trends.

 
(Dollars in millions)
 
Twelve months
 
   
ended December 31
 
Growth in Industrial CFOA
 
2008
   
2007
      V %
                     
Cash from GE's operating activities as reported
  $ 19,086     $ 23,301       (18 )%
Less dividends from GECS
    2,351