Month: August 2016

GE Reveals Synchrony Financial Exchange Ratio, Shares Up

Diversified conglomerate General Electric Company (GE – Analyst Report) recently revealed the exchange ratio for the share swap deal with Synchrony Financial (SYF – Snapshot Report) as part of its corporate strategy to further dissociate itself from the financial business. With the transaction, General Electric will shed an 85% ownership stake from the spun-off entity.

According to the terms of the deal, General Electric will offer 1.0505 shares of Synchrony Financial for each of its share. This equates to a buyback of about 671 million General Electric shares for approximately 705 million of Synchrony Financial shares upon full consummation of the exchange offer for over $20 billion. This in turn is likely to reduce the outstanding number of shares of General Electric by about 6.6%, thereby improving its bottom line on a per share basis. Investors reacted positively on the news as share prices witnessed an uptrend.

The strategic move was orchestrated in accordance with Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelts vision to transform the diversified conglomerate to an industrial-focused firm. Accordingly, General Electric is divesting most of the financial units under GE Capital, while retaining those units that directly relate to the core industrial operations of the company. These include financing verticals like GE Capital Aviation Services, Energy Financial Services and Healthcare Equipment Finance.

As of mid-October 2015, General Electric has signed agreements to dispose GE Capital assets worth $126 billion well ahead of the target and remains firm to achieve its divestiture target of $100 billion for the year. The company has also closed asset sale transactions worth $60 billion. The transactions will realign the company to a manufacturing-based entity with emphasis on big-ticket items such as aviation engines, drilling machines, generators, medical equipment and scanners.

With these restructuring initiatives, General Electric expects operating earnings from the industrial business to aggregate over 90% of its total operating earnings by 2018, up from 58% in 2014. The company continues to expect double-digit industrial operating EPS growth in 2015 and expects the industrial operating EPS to be within $1.13-$1.20 per share. At the same time, General Electric remains committed to achieve 2%5% industrial segment organic revenue growth; margin expansion; a smaller GE Capital; $16 billion in cash flow from industrial activities; and $30 billion cash return to shareowners.

We remain encouraged with the restructuring endeavors of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock. A couple of notable companies in the industry include Federal Signal Corp. (FSS – Snapshot Report) and Kopin Corporation (KOPN – Snapshot Report) , both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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American Money Management Llc Equities Analysis

American Money Management Llc just filed its Q3 2015 13F. Dated 13/11/2015, the SEC filing reveals the institutional investor has a portfolio value of $105.84 million, representing a decrease of $12.47 million from the previous quarter when it was $118.31 million. Note: This filling reprents about 52.50% of American Money Management Llcs assets, which which are listed in the US.

Veterans: Inefficiencies Complicate Financial Aid Process

For military veterans at Cornell, filing for financial aid and receiving support through the Post-9/11 GI Bill can be a “nightmare.” Many veterans who spoke with The Sun described a slow and disorganized system, even as administrators insist that veteran admissions remains a priority for Cornell.

There are currently 130 students who receive benefits under Chapter 33 of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, 69 of whom are veterans, according to Melissa Osgood, deputy director of media relations. However, many of these veterans described the filing system to receive aid as disorganized and criticized the time it takes the University to transfer necessary documents to the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Who really benefits from Shelby’s financial deregulation

Earlier this year, Senate Banking Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) introduced the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” — a massive bill that gives a preview of the kind of regulatory rollbacks the financial industry will try to attach to end-of-year funding bills. In fact, Senator Shelby has already placed the entire bill into appropriations legislation that passed the relevant committee earlier this year.

Shelby and others have attempted to portray this multi-hundred page bill as a relatively moderate set of changes to the financial reforms put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act. That’s far from the truth. The legislation would weaken protections against the kind of mortgage lending abuses that were at the heart of the financial crisis, undermine consumer protections, and reverse improvements in the regulation of some of the largest financial institutions in the country.

EDITORIAL: Helping Young Adults Learn Money Management

by Nat Frothingham

Help appears to be on the way for schoolchildren, college students and young adults struggling to manage their money.

During the last session of the Vermont Legislature a bill was passed in both House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Shumlin to establish a Vermont Financial Literacy Commission.

“Why yet another commission?” one might ask.

Well, it appears that high school and college students and young adults are struggling to manage their money at a time when intelligent money management could well be the difference between life success or failure.

As part of an introduction to the bill that establishes the new commission, we learn the following:

  • That according to a Schwab survey “…parents are nearly as uncomfortable talking to their children about money as they are discussing sex”
  • That only 10 percent of Vermont high schools have a financial literacy graduation requirement
  • That many Vermont college students leave college for “financial reasons”
  • That 63 percent of Vermont four-year college students that graduated in 2012 had a student loan debt that averaged $28,299
  • That Vermonters have an average credit card debt of $9,667

In short, when high school and college students graduate they are under- or ill-equipped to take control of their financial lives. They don’t know how credit works. They don’t know how to budget or how to save.

Little wonder that many of this generation’s young adults have higher unemployment rates than their parents’ generation and owe more money. And they are seldom either saving for a “rainy day” or saving for their retirement years.

It’s easy to establish a commission. It’s less easy to equip a generation with the skills of careful and intelligent money management. And this at a time when college tuitions have gone through the roof, when taxes and costs are high and when some politicians are crying out against “income inequality.”

Financial Imperatives for the Future

Healthcare leaders focused on three big-picture topics while meeting with their peers at the HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange.

More than 40 financial leaders from provider organizations across the country gathered in August at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the fifth annual HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange.

These executives represented large health systems with national scope, including Chicago-based Advocate Health Care and Catholic Health Initiatives, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado; regional heavyweights such as Banner Health, based in Phoenix, and Baylor Scott amp; White Health, headquartered in Dallas; community hospitals such as Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, and South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, New York; health systems that are community pillars, including Froedtert Health in Milwaukee and Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina; safety-net hospitals including Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri, and The MetroHealth System in Cleveland; academic medical centers such as Boston Medical Center and UC Health in Cincinnati; and for-profit organizations, including Capella Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama-based Trinity Medical Center, affiliated with Community Health Systems.

As in previous years, attendees help shape the agenda for the two-day event. Three big-picture discussion topics emerged from advance discussions and surveys.

Preparing for the future of healthcare. What do healthcare leaders need to know–about their operations, markets, and regulatory jurisdictions? Healthcare reform is a work in progress. Across the country, fee-for-service revenue remains dominant and the timing of the shift to value-based payment is unknown. CFO Exchange attendees increasingly expect to contend with both reimbursement models indefinitely, which will require a tricky balancing act. Meanwhile, new types of disruptive competitors are encroaching in many markets. Using analytics to understand operations is the foundation for any system improvement. But sufficient data on clinical and financial aspects is elusive, even as the cost of healthcare analytics rises.

The clinical transformation toward value-based healthcare. What should leaders be doing today to prepare their organizations for future delivery models? Each health system must understand its own capabilities to reduce the cost of care while improving quality. CFO Exchange attendees bemoaned the lack of financial success from most accountable care organizations. But efforts continue everywhere to reduce variations in care, improve efficiency and outcomes at the same time, and engage and align employed and affiliated physicians alike.

Business, payer, and clinical partnerships. Who should leaders join with? The consolidation wave in healthcare continues, but with a twist: The number of traditional mergers or acquisitions is nearly matched by looser affiliations, according to HealthLeaders Media research. For hospitals and health systems, establishing partnerships is a key strategy to manage the financial impact of momentous changes in the healthcare industry. CFO Exchange attendees discussed the pressure to partner: to develop clinical affiliations across the care continuum, and to build alliances with payers (both external and internal) to develop risk-based payment models.

The CFO Exchange discussions will be explored in depth in Insights Reports available on our website ( Look to these guides, as well as similar reports from our other Exchange events for CEOs, CNOs, population health executives, and revenue cycle leaders to steer your own organization.

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