GE to Sell $30b of Loans to Wells Fargo
World Economy

GE to Sell $30b of Loans to Wells Fargo

General Electric Co is in advanced talks to sell a specialty finance portfolio, worth more than $30 billion, to Wells Fargo & Co, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the industrial conglomerate returns to its roots, Reuters reported in an exclusive.
Wells Fargo has so far outbid other parties for General Electric’s vendor financing, commercial distribution finance and direct lending assets, the person with direct knowledge of the situation said on Friday.
A deal could be announced by the time Wells Fargo publishes its third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, the person added, cautioning that the negotiations were ongoing and could still fall apart.
The source asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. GE and Wells Fargo representatives declined to comment.
The sale of the loans would leapfrog GE well past its target of shedding about $100 billion worth of finance assets by the end of this year.
The company unveiled its latest divestment agreement on Monday - for its North American corporate aircraft financing portfolio - bringing its total deals to date related GE Capital to $97 billion.
GE announced in April it would sell off some $200 billion in GE Capital financing assets as it focuses more on its manufacturing of industrial goods, setting off a series of transactions for the US conglomerate.
GE Capital’s commercial distribution finance offers lending to dealers and manufacturers of durable goods, such as boats, recreational vehicles and off-road vehicles. Direct lending provides asset-based loans and equipment leasing to a range of mid-size and larger companies. Vendor finance allows larger networks of equipment dealers networks to offer third-party financing to buyers of equipment such as office imaging, construction, material handling and technology.
GE’s overhaul attracted fresh attention earlier this week, when activist investor Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management revealed it had taken a $2.5 billion stake in the company.
Wells Fargo’s CFO John Shrewsberry told Reuters in a July interview that portions of GE’s Commercial Loans and leases portfolio would “fit nicely” with Wells Fargo’s businesses. With this transaction, Wells Fargo would add more interest-bearing assets to its already large lending portfolio.
Since GE has begun to sell its finance assets earlier this year, Wells Fargo has also agreed to purchase both GE’s railcar leasing business and purchased a portion of commercial real estate loans worth $9 billion.

Short URL : https://goo.gl/ei8SgH
  1. https://goo.gl/dlC6lz
  • https://goo.gl/C9SIWf
  • https://goo.gl/PFgd1z
  • https://goo.gl/ANw3m5
  • https://goo.gl/BLIvP4

You can also read ...

Outlook for Global Economy, Equity Markets Brighter
Ebrahim Rahbari remains positive on the global economy and...
Brazil August Growth Lowest in Five months
Economic activity in Brazil contracted in August at the...
Singapore Exports See Surprise Drop
Exports from Singapore last month stumbled after four months...
OECD: Youth Likely to Face Higher Inequality in Old Age
Younger generations have been experiencing more unstable labor...
UN Expert Says: IMF, WB Looking More Like Failed Institutions
The lending policies of the International Monetary Fund are...
S. Korea Money Supply Up 9.1%
The money supply in South Korea jumped 9.1% in August from a...
Low ECB Rates an Opportunity to Reform
Easy monetary policy gives eurozone governments a window of...
Czech Economy Needs Higher Rates
The Czech koruna’s slow appreciation is paving the way for...