GE CEO Jeff Immelt Makes Statement Regarding Synchrony Financial IPO

  GE CEO Jeff Immelt Makes Statement Regarding Synchrony Financial IPO  Business Wire  FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- July 31, 2014  GE [NYSE: GE] Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt made the following statement today:  “Today, we successfully executed the IPO of our North American Retail Finance business, Synchrony Financial. This is an exciting time for the Synchrony Financial team, and we are proud to be SYF shareholders.  “The Synchrony offering is an important first step in our planned, staged exit from the business. We continue to target completing our exit in late 2015 through a capital-efficient split-off transaction. This is a good transaction for GE shareholders.  “The IPO also furthers our goal to position GE Capital as a smaller, safer specialty finance leader, and achieve 75% of our earnings from our Industrial businesses by 2016. 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