General Electric's New CEO Is a Canary in a Coal Mine for GE Stock

You might be thinking a leadership shakeup will help turn GE stock around, but when you break open the books, you'll find GE's problems are much deeper than a CEO can fix...

On Monday (Oct. 1), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced John Flannery would be stepping down as CEO, ending his brief, yearlong tenure at the helm of one of America's most recognizable brands.

Excitement over Flannery's replacement, former Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR) CEO Larry Culp, pushed GE's ailing stock up as much as 15%. Investors clearly have confidence in Culp's ability to stem the company's historic decline. The stock has plummeted 50% over the last year, even when you factor in its recent jump higher.

GE stockBut investors bullish on GE stock may be getting ahead of themselves.

You see, while Culp's appointment is certain to add new vigor to the company's lackluster recovery, the immense problems facing GE's CEO are no less daunting under his watch than they were under Flannery's.

In fact, Flannery's sudden departure and Culp's introduction to GE's fold could be a clear sign that General Electric's fortunes are on the verge of going from bad to worse...

General Electric Has a Long Road to Recovery

Larry Culp is undoubtedly a talented executive, but GE is in a financial quagmire.

Culp is the first GE CEO to come from outside the company's corporate fold. Prior to his appointment, GE only elevated internal personnel to the position over the last 126 years.

This was the case with Culp's predecessor. Flannery is a GE veteran, joining the company in 1987 and following in the footsteps of legendary GE CEOs Jack Welch and Jeffrey Immelt.

In choosing an outsider, GE is sending a clear signal that Flannery's gradual cost-cutting measures are no longer enough to keep GE afloat - a fresh approach is desperately needed.

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Culp could be the perfect man for the job. Prior to GE, Culp was the CEO of the embattled technology conglomerate Danaher Corp.

Under his guidance, Danaher staged a significant turnaround, quintupling its market value and sending company shares up 400% over the course of Culp's tenure.

However, GE's critical condition may prove too much for even a veteran of Culp's stature.

GE has a massive debt load restricting the company's cash flow and hampering its ability to make productive investments.

According to the company's most recent quarterly filings, GE is currently on the hook for over $115 billion.

According to Stephen Tusa, a GE analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), GE needs to aggressively de-leverage in order to gain a handle on the company's debt.

Tusa estimates that GE must immediately raise $30 billion to $40 billion - roughly 25% of its current debt load - in order to regularly meet its debt obligations and develop new profit opportunities.

With a limited cash flow of around $10 billion, GE's only reliable method to raise capital will be through selling off company assets.

And Culp is already liquidating company assets.

On Tuesday (Oct. 2), GE announced it sold its Intelligent Platforms Automation business to Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) for an estimated $300 million - 42% more than the company's entire 2017 revenue.

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Though positive, $300 million is a far cry from the tens of billions necessary to begin to right GE's ship. And while GE does own several assets worth billions of dollars, parting with those divisions may cripple the company's ability to generate cash flow through future sales.

As a result, GE is forced to choose between short-term solvency and future growth potential. Even the most talented executive won't be able to crack that riddle.

That's why investors looking at GE as a turnaround target are better off looking elsewhere.

Instead, we're looking at an industrial stock poised to take up GE's considerable slack.

You see, GE is expected to slash or even suspend its dividend later this month, removing one of GE's chief shareholder benefits.

That's why we've identified a key industrial conglomerate that's generating a robust dividend - one that it's raised consecutively for the last five years.

A key member of the industrial goods sector, this stock has made strong gains in the wake of GE's fall, rising 16% in the last year as GE sank over 50%.

And it's repeatedly raised guidance for this year, indicating it's set to provide investors with an even stronger dividend...

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Buy Honeywell While GE Stock Continues to Plummet

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is an international industrial conglomerate that produces a wide range of consumer products, engineering services, and aerospace systems.

Honeywell's biggest strength is the company's ability to grow without spending too much in the process.

In fact, with a debt-to-equity ratio of 96, Honeywell is one of the lowest-leveraged companies in the industrial manufacturing sector. For comparison, GE has a total debt/equity of 153, while industry titan Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) sits at 959.

As a result, the company is unlikely to undergo the kind of financial turmoil that GE has run into as it expands.

This commitment to financial health is a defining factor of the company's bottom line. Over the last three years, Honeywell has increased its annual profits by over 9% while growing its operating costs by just 4%.

In addition, the company has used its excess profits to invest in cutting-edge cybersecurity technology. Honeywell's new security services keep companies' data safe. These services include automated patching, secure remote access, and firewall and intrusion detection capability.

In 2017, Honeywell acquired the security software company NextNine Ltd., suggesting that the company plans to continue its expansion into cybersecurity.

Considering cybersecurity spending is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2021, this move by Honeywell is likely to create a windfall for shareholders.

Honeywell currently trades around $165. However, with the company's sound financial management and continuous expansion, analysts see Honeywell stock hitting $193 in the near future - a gain of nearly 17%.

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