“Culture is the foundation for any successful enterprise,” GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt writes in his letter to shareholders. “GE is a ‘We Company,’ not a ‘Me Company.’”
“We deliver results. That is the ultimate output of a strong culture. Over the next few years, our performance will accelerate. We aim to reward investors by delivering a more valuable company and returning cash.”
“GE’s Operating EPS growth was 22% last year,” he writes. “We bought back preferred shares of stock we issued during the financial crisis and increased our dividend twice.”
“Over the next few years, thanks to NBCU monetization, dividends from GE Capital and solid growth, we expect to have about $30 billion in available cash,” Immelt writes. “This will provide us with an opportunity to reward investors while protecting us against a volatile economy.”
“Today, GE has a stronger portfolio, large-scale competitive advantage, product and technology leadership, and strength in the growth markets.”
“This year, we expect to have organic growth of 5 to 10% with expanding margins. GE Capital is smaller and focused on specialty finance, particularly in mid-market segments. We expect GE Capital’s earnings rebound to continue in 2012. Together, this portfolio is built to grow earnings and return cash to investors.”
In concluding his letter to shareowners, Immelt writes: “GE Works. For investors, this means solid earnings growth and a solid dividend foundation. For employees, it means a belief in a better way, a relentless drive to invent and build things that matter. For customers, it means more profitable solutions. And for society, GE will help create a world that works better.”
Distribution of printed annual reports and proxy statements begins next week in preparation for GE’s annual shareowners meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Detroit, Michigan. The report was printed with four different cover designs, representing the many ways GE works to build, power, move and cure the world.
The digital version of the 2011 GE Annual Report, like the print edition, focuses on GE works, featuring stories of how the Company’s employees and products are at work solving tough problems. It also features video commentary from Jeff Immelt sharing his view of what GE works means for investors, employees, customers and society. A letter from the GE Board of Director’s Presiding Director, Ralph Larsen, on GE works and how the theme fits with the Board’s governing philosophy and why the Board believes it provides an important business-building advantage is also available online and in the print edition.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
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