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Will Ailing Power Segment Continue to Hurt GE in Q4 Earnings?

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General Electric Company GE is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2019 results on Jan 29, 2020, before the market opens.

The Power segment comprises Gas Power and Power Portfolio. Gas Power includes General Electric’s gas lifecycle business, including Power Services and Gas Power Systems businesses. On the other hand, Power Portfolio comprises Steam Power Systems, GE Hitachi Nuclear and Power Conversion businesses.

The Power segment accounted for 18.4% of Industrial revenues in the third quarter of 2019. Apart from the Power segment, the Industrial segment includes results of Aviation, Healthcare and Renewable Energy segments.

Key Factors & Estimates for Q4

Over the past few quarters, General Electric has been suffering from the weak performance of the Power segment. In the third quarter of 2019, the segment’s orders were down 30% year over year. This trend might have continued in the fourth quarter as well.

In addition, the company believes that external and internal challenges — including project execution problems, pricing issues, overcapacity in the industry, geopolitical tensions and others — might have been spoilsports in the fourth quarter.

On the contrary, gains from General Electric’s initiatives to restructure the segment are likely to get reflected in the quarter’s results.

For the fourth quarter of 2019, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the Power segment’s revenues is pegged at $4,785 million, suggesting a decline of 29.2% from the year-ago reported figure and sequential growth of 21.9%. The segment’s profits are expected to have improved.

Industrial’s Q4 Expectations

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Industrial’s fourth-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $24,443 million, suggesting 14.3% growth from the previous quarter’s reported figure and a 23.2% decrease from the year-ago quarter’s number. Profits for the Industrial segment are likely to be $3,397 million, indicating 38.7% rise from the previous quarter’s reported figure and 29.8% growth from the year-ago quarter’s number. (Read more: General Electric to Post Q4 Earnings: What to Expect?)

Zacks Rank & Other Upcoming Releases

General Electric currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Some stocks in the industry, which are also slated to report their results soon, are Honeywell International Inc. HON, Carlisle Companies Incorporated (CSL - Free Report) and Emerson Electric Co. EMR. Honeywell will release results on Jan 31, Carlisle on Feb 6 and Emerson on Feb 4.

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