General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and technology company worldwide. Its Power segment offers gas and steam power systems; maintenance, service, and upgrade solutions; distributed power gas engines; water treatment, wastewater treatment, and process system solutions; and nuclear reactors, fuels, and support services. The company's Renewable Energy segment provides wind turbine platforms, and hardware and software; onshore and offshore wind turbines; and solutions, products, and services to hydropower industry. Its Oil & Gas segment offers surface and subsea drilling and production systems, and equipment for floating production platforms; and compressors, turbines, turboexpanders, reactors, industrial power generation, and auxiliary equipment. The company's Aviation segment designs and produces commercial and military aircraft engines, integrated digital components, and electric power and mechanical aircraft systems; and provides aftermarket services. Its Healthcare segment offers diagnostic imaging and clinical systems; products for drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and cellular technologies; and medical technologies, software, analytics, cloud solutions, and implementation services. The company's Transportation segment provides freight and passenger locomotives, and rail and support advisory services; and parts, integrated software solutions and data analytics, software-enabled solutions, mining equipment and services, and marine diesel and stationary power diesel engines and motors, as well as overhaul, repair and upgrade, and wreck repair services. Its Energy Connections & Lighting segment offers industrial, grid, power conversion, automation and control, lighting, and current solutions. The company's Capital segment provides industrial and energy financial services; and commercial aircraft leasing, financing, and consulting services. General Electric Company was founded in 1892 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Business Analysis of General Electric
The Industrial Goods & Services Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how General Electric compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by General Electric to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.
Here is the performance snapshot of General Electric with an interactive chart.
- Revenue Growth: General Electric reported a revenue growth of 5.4% year-on-year during 2016. Industrial Conglomerates Industry grew at 3.8% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric spent 73.0% of its total revenues on COGS. Industrial Conglomerates industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 67.0%
- R&D share of Revenues: General Electric R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric spent 14.9% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Industrial Conglomerates industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 16.9%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric spent 18.1% of its total revenues on Inventories. Industrial Conglomerates industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 14.7%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric invested 13.4% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Industrial Conglomerates industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 12.8%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric invested 34.2% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Industrial Conglomerates industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 25.5%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric invested 40.8% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Industrial Conglomerates industry average PPE investment in the same period was 34.0%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Electric invested 70.2% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Industrial Conglomerates industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 71.2%
- Net Margins: General Electric Net Margins in the year 2016 were 7.1%. Industrial Conglomerates industry average Net Margins in the same period were 9.3%
Sector and Industry Association of General Electric
For the purpose of performance benchmarking of a company with a sector or industry average, R&P Research associates every company with one sector and one industry. An industry consists of companies with related/similar business models. A sector comprises of a group of related/similar industries. For high-level analysis purposes, related/similar sectors are grouped into sector groups.
General Electric is associated with Industrials Sector Group, Industrial Goods & Services Sector, and Industrial Conglomerates Industry.
Industrial Goods & Services sector is comprised of the following industries: Industrial Conglomerates; Industrial Machinery; Electrical Components & Equipment; Electronic Equipment & Parts; Containers & Packaging. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Industrial Conglomerates industry includes Industrial companies engaged in three or more classes of business within the Industrial industry that differ substantially from each other.
- Industrial Machinery industry includes designers, manufacturers, distributors and installers of industrial machinery and factory equipment, such as machine tools, lathes, presses and assembly line equipment. It also includes makers of pollution control equipment, castings, pressings, welded shapes, structural steelwork, compressors, pumps, bearings, elevators and escalators.
- Electrical Components & Equipment industry consists of manufacturers and distributors of electrical parts for finished products, such as printed circuit boards for radios, televisions and other consumer electronics. It also includes makers of cables, wires, ceramics, transistors, electric adapters, fuel cells and security cameras. Manufacturers of Electric motors and generators and mechanical motion control products are also part of this industry.
- Electronic Equipment & Parts industry includes companies offering Manufacturing and Design services for Engineered Components and Products used in different industries. Companies providing Laser-based manufacturing products are part of this industry.
- Containers & Packaging industry includes producers and distributors of cardboard, bags, boxes, cans, drums, bottles, jars and glass used for packaging. Specialty Packaging Products and Pressure-Sensitive Materials producers are also part of this industry.
Industry Ranking of General Electric
With $123.7 billion revenues, General Electric ranked number 1 of all the companies in the US Industrial Conglomerates industry. There were a total of 10 public companies in the US Industrial Conglomerates industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Industrial Conglomerates industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- General Electric ($123.7 billion)
- Honeywell International ($39.3 billion)
- 3M ($30.1 billion)
- Danaher ($16.9 billion)
- Icahn Enterprises ($16.3 billion)
- Illinois Tool Works ($13.6 billion)
- Trinity Industries ($4.6 billion)
- Roper Technologies ($3.8 billion)
- Carlisle Companies ($3.7 billion)
- CSW Industrials ($319.8 million)
Business Model Analysis (BMA) Framework
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