GENERAL ELECTRIC CO GE
We have paid a dividend each quarter for over one hundred years.
Below we’ve provided answers to the frequent investor questions that we receive.
GE Stock Direct offers you the opportunity to buy shares of General Electric Company common stock conveniently and economically, even if you are not already a GE shareowner.
To purchase online, visit the Investment Plan Enrollment Web Site.
Computershare is GE's transfer agent and administers all matters related to stock that is directly registered with GE.
+1 800 786 2543
GE is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (its principal market) and the Boston Stock Exchange. It also is listed on certain non-U.S. exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. GE common stock trades on the NYSE, under the symbol: GE. The CUSIP Number for GE common stock is 369604103.
GE was first incorporated in the state of New York on April 15, 1892. 1,000 shares of $100 par value were sold for $100 per share. GE was traded on the NYSE for the first time on June 23, 1892. There was one trade of 50 shares at $108 per share. Currently millions of shares are bought and sold every day.
Since incorporation, there have been nine stock splits of GE's common stock:
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One share purchased pre-1926 has become 4,608 shares today. There is no hard-and-fast rule governing when we might split our stock. However, the last few times we've split, the stock price was trading over $100 per share when the board made its recommendation to Shareowners that they vote to split the stock.
As of March 31, 2016, there were 9,195,657,000 shares of GE common stock outstanding.
If your stock is directly registered with GE:
Computershare is GE's transfer agent and administers all matters related to stock that is directly registered with GE. You may reach them at www.computershare.com/investor or +1 800 786 2543.
If your stock is owned through a broker account:
Please direct your question to your broker.
As a public company, GE submits a comprehensive financial statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This statement discloses information about the Company’s financial position. As required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, GE issues proxy statements that alert our shareholders of issues that require their votes. A library of past GE proxy statements is available for download.
See the statements at the SEC Filings page.
In addition to our Investor Relations website, GE’s corporate blog (GE Reports), Facebook, and Twitter accounts contain a significant amount of information about GE, including financial and other information for investors. GE encourages investors to visit these websites from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted. Additionally, you can sign up for GE’s investor emails by completing the sign-up form at the top of this page.
GE does not have official dates as to when exactly earnings are released. Typically, we release earnings quarterly, in April, July, October and January. As a guideline, the following are the dates when we've released earnings in the last few years.
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Under the 2015 GE Share Repurchase Program (the Program), we are authorized to repurchase up to $50 billion of our common stock through 2018. The Program is flexible and shares are acquired with a combination of borrowings and free cash flow from the public markets and other sources, including GE Stock Direct, a stock purchase plan that is available to the public. As of March 31, 2016, we have repurchased a total of approximately $9.5 billion under the Program.
If you own your stock directly with GE:
Click here to receive future Annual Reports and Proxy Statements via the Computershare Investor Center website when they become available, rather than receiving hard copies in the mail.
To resume mail delivery, please write to:
GE Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 43078
Providence, RI 02940-3078
If you own GE stock directly with a broker:
Click here to receive future Annual Reports and Proxy Statements via the Broadridge Investor Communications Services website.
Please remember every state puts an obligation on you as a shareholder to remain active or you will be considered lost. If you fail to communicate (i.e., lost) with General Electric, the state where you live will take your shares (and in many cases sell them). You will be required to go to the state to reacquire them, but if the state has sold your shares, you will have also lost all dividends and any increase in value. Every state has this law, often referred to as Unclaimed Property.
Steps you can take to stay an “active” shareholder:
1. If you live in Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania, review/confirm your account at least once every three years – even if you are in General Electric’s dividend reinvestment plan.
- https://www-us.computershare.com/Investor/ (transfer agent web site)
- 800 786 2543 (transfer agent helpline)
2. Vote - when provided an opportunity - on corporate related issues.
3. Provide and keep updated your address, phone number, and email address on your Computershare account.
4. Cash your dividend checks promptly. Do not save them for a rainy day. Consider electronic payment of dividends directly to bank account to avoid losing a check.
5. Report address changes promptly.
6. Report shareholder status changes promptly. If your spouse (parent) passed away owning GE shares, contact Computershare to re-register the shares
7. Sign and return account confirmation/due diligence letters mailed to you from Computershare immediately.
Resources: Contact GE’s Unclaimed Property Controller’s office:
Controller, GE Corporate Tax – Unclaimed Property
Telephone: +1 239 275 2429
Manager, GE Corporate Tax – Unclaimed Property
Telephone: +1 239 275 2455
Other symbols you may have seen on the New York Stock Exchange include GEB, GEH and GEK. These symbols belong to what we refer to as Baby Bonds (a fixed income debt product) -- senior unsecured obligations of General Electric Capital Corporation. They are called Baby Bonds because of the small par amount of $25. These bonds are offered directly to investors through 325 non-affiliated broker dealers. For more information on any of the GE Capital Bonds products, contact your financial advisor.