General Electric completes $1.3bn U.S. restaurant finance assets saleStaff Writer | September 19, 2016
General Electric (GE) has completed the sale of GE Capital’s U.S. restaurant financing assets, through a series of separate transactions with regional buyers first announced in June 2016.
Selling A series of separate transactions
Through the most recent transaction, which closed Friday, September 16, First Horizon National Corporation, a Tennessee-based bank, acquired assets in the Southwest and Southeast.
In previously closed transactions, Wintrust Financial Corporation, an Illinois-based bank, acquired assets in the Midwest and part of the West, and Sterling National Bank, headquartered in New York, acquired assets in the East.
GE is focusing on its high-value industrial businesses and is selling most of GE Capital’s assets. GE will retain its financing verticals that relate directly to GE’s industrial businesses.
Since the April 2015 announcement, GE Capital has signed agreements for the sale of approximately US$192 billion of businesses and has closed approximately US$172 billion of those transactions.
GE Capital plans to have largely completed the process of selling approximately $200 billion of businesses by the end of 2016 and believes it is on track to deliver approximately US$35 billion of dividends to GE under this plan. ■