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The moves will leave GE, once one of America's great conglomerates, focused on just aviation, power and renewable energy.

"GE Healthcare and BHGE are excellent examples of GE at its best-anticipating customer needs, breaking barriers through innovation and delivering life-changing products and services". While that makes GE Healthcare a big business in its own right, the unit's leaders think the organization will be nimbler once freed from the broader GE structure.

Renewables, together with power and aviation, will become the core businesses for the company "making it easier for investors to follow and measure", according to GE as part of the results of a strategic review.

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The changes are expected to save at least $500m by the end of 2020, it added.

"GE Healthcare's vision is to drive more individualized, precise and effective patient outcomes", Murphy said in a statement today.

S&P Global Ratings responded to the news by placing GE's "A" long-term rating on CreditWatch with "negative implications". GE plans to use the proceeds to pay down the mountain of debt piled on its balance sheet.

Kieran Murphy, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will continue to lead the standalone company under the GE brand.

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The changes will profoundly reshape an icon of American business, which is mired in one of the worst slumps in its 126-year history amid flagging demand for industrial equipment, weak cash generation and an accounting investigation by US regulators.

GE Healthcare generated more than $19 billion in revenues in 2017 and posted 5% revenue growth and 9% segment profit growth, and accounted for 16% of the company's total sales.

GE will sell about 20 percent of its health-care business and distribute the rest to its shareholders over the next 12 to 18 months.

GE, whose stock has fallen more than 50 per cent in the last 12 months, said it would keep its annual 48 cents-per-share dividends until the healthcare spinoff is completed. Certain restrictions prevent GE from exiting the business before mid-2019. Nuclear medicine equipment service provider since 1975. The separation will provide BHGE with enhanced agility and the ability to focus on leading in the oil and gas industry. Now, GE Capital is a source of financial pain. Edward Jones raised shares of Baker Hughes A GE from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Thursday, March 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Baker Hughes, a GE from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday, April 17th. He joined the GE Board as an independent director earlier this year. A stock with a beta more than 1 means high volatile and less than 1 means low volatile.

Major shareholder Trian Fund Management supports GE's plans and believes that the initiatives will create "substantial value for shareholders", it said in a statement.

"This is a GE that is equipped to fight for the future", Flannery said.

On Monday GE said it agreed to sell its distributed power unit for US$3.25 billion to USA buyout group Advent. Things got worse for GE in January, when it disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating the company's accounting after a $6.2 billion loss in its insurance business.

Mr Flannery said that the changes would make the company "simpler and stronger", and accelerate growth across its businesses.


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