GE offers conservative full-year guidance

Pragmatic GE outlook
Pragmatic GE outlook   

General Electric on Tuesday offered conservative full-year earnings-per-share guidance that came in at the low end of analysts' expectations.

The appliance maker said it sees 2015 EPS of $1.70 to $1.80 a share, versus analyst expectations of $1.79 a share.

Earnings from its industrial units are expected to be $1.10-$1.20 per share next year, around 60 cents for GE Capital, the company said in an investor presentation. It marks the first time in five years that GE has issued a specific earnings forecast.

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The firm said it expects profit from its industrial units to rise by at least 10 percent in 2015, helped by its power, water, aviation and energy management businesses.

The company noted that it sees oil and gas revenue flat to down 5 percent, with profits flat to down 5 percent.

GE cited Russia, oil and FX volatility as headwinds and called oil and gas outlooks for 2015 "pragmatic."

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Organic industrial growth is expected to be 2 percent to 5 percent in 2015, GE said.

The firm maintained an outlook for 17 percent margins in 2016.

The company is reducing its exposure to its finance business, including through its split-off of Synchrony Financial.

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Correction: GE on Tuesday issued full-year earnings-per-share guidance that came in at the low end of analysts' expectations. The company also noted that it sees oil and gas revenue flat to down 5 percent. Those facts were misstated in an earlier version of this article.

With reporting by CNBC's Mary Thompson. Reuters contributed to this report.