GE sees earnings benefit from Alstom deal at low end of estimate

Thu Dec 3, 2015 6:42pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote) expects benefits from its acquisition of Alstom SA's (ALSO.PA: Quote) power business to come in at the low end of the U.S. conglomerate's previous estimate for 2016, the company said on Thursday, citing delays in closing the deal.

GE said it expects the $10.3 billion deal to add 5 cents a share to earnings in 2016. It had earlier forecast the deal would add 5 cents to 8 cents a share.

The acquisition closed on Nov. 2, 18 months after it was announced.

GE, which is expected to give its full 2016 profit forecast later this month, is estimated by analysts to earn $1.52 per share in 2016, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

GE also affirmed its target for the deal to add 15 cents to 20 cents a share to earnings in 2018.

In GE's first investor call since the deal closed, the company affirmed it expects $3 billion in total cost savings by 2020, with $1.1 billion realized by 2016 and $2.5 billion by 2018. GE increased the total estimate from $1.2 billion in May.

"We see significant synergies in the combined GE and Alstom portfolio, with over 70 percent coming from our power business," said Steve Bolze, president and chief executive of GE Power.

Savings will come from reducing duplication in manufacturing, sourcing and research and development, GE said.

The company has not publicly said whether layoffs or factory closures are expected.   Continued...

The logo of U.S. conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company's site in Belfort, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler