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Sydnee Gatewood
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Longleaf Partners Comments on General Electric

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July 15, 2020 | About:
General Electric (NYSE:GE) (-14%, -1.03%), the industrial conglomerate, was the top detractor in the quarter. GE’s Aviation segment, its most valuable, manufactures and maintains commercial and military jet engines. Aviation revenues will take years to recover back to 2019 levels, though they have already bottomed, and passengers have gradually begun to fly again. CEO Larry Culp responded to the COVID-19 crisis with decisive steps to control costs, and long-term GE Aviation earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) margins should recover to over 20% once the industry recovers. With leading positions in narrow-body jets, GE Aviation has decades of strong growth ahead despite COVID-19’s sharply negative impact. GE’s Healthcare and Power sales slowed during the first quarter as hospitals postponed elective surgeries and plants deferred maintenance services, but the revenues of both businesses should bounce back later this year. COVID-19 has delayed GE’s ability to deleverage to its 2.5x industrial net debt/EBITDA target, but the balance sheet is strong enough to survive the downturn, and GE recently issued bonds with a 2050 maturity. Our appraisal of the value declined moderately and assumes a slow multi-year rebound for Aviation but is still more than 80% above the stock’s current price.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)' Longleaf Partners Fund second-quarter 2020 commentary.

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Sydnee Gatewood
I am the editorial director at GuruFocus. I have a BA in journalism and a MA in mass communications from Texas Tech University. I have lived in Texas most of my life, but also have roots in New Mexico and Colorado. Follow me on Twitter! @gurusydneerg

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