Trian’s Ed Garden: GE ‘best industrial on the planet’

A General Electric (GE) GEnx next generation jet engine sits on display in the GE Aviation Systems LLC chalet on the opening day of the 51st International Paris Air Show in Paris, France.
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A General Electric (GE) GEnx next generation jet engine sits on display in the GE Aviation Systems LLC chalet on the opening day of the 51st International Paris Air Show in Paris, France.

Industrial stocks may seem ho-hum to some, but Trian CIO Ed Garden said Tuesday he loves General Electric.

"Our point of view is that it's the best industrial business on the planet," he told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."

This is an amazingly resilient business," Garden said, adding that the stock's peak-to-trough range during the Great Recession was 5 percent.

The Dow component's stock is down slightly year-to-date, but has spiked 9 percent in the last three months.

GE in last three months

"We're anticipating that, as earnings grow, and it becomes a pure-play industrial business, that the multiple will go up into the 19-20 range, which I think is reasonable for a business of this caliber," Garden said.

Since last year, GE has been ridding itself of a number of its businesses, including its financial services arm by selling most of GE Capital.

"They've done a tremendous job separating the finance businesses and, it's my expectation that sooner rather than later they'll no longer be a [systematically important financial institution]."

Garden's Trian Partners, run by activist investor Nelson Peltz, placed a $2.5 billion bet on GE last October, Trian's largest investment ever.