General Electric nearing deal to sell industrial engines unit to Advent: Wall Street Journal

Divesting the industrial gas engine business, which includes the production of Jenbacher and Waukesha engines, would help streamline General Electric's power division, the WSJ report said.
Divesting the industrial gas engine business, which includes the production of Jenbacher and Waukesha engines, would help streamline General Electric's power division, the WSJ report said. PHOTO: REUTERS

BENGALURU (REUTERS) - General Electric is close to a deal to sell its industrial gas engines business to private equity firm Advent International for US$3 billion (S$4.1 billion) or more, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (June 24), citing people familiar with the matter.

A deal could be announced on Monday, the report said.

Divesting the industrial gas engine business, which includes the production of Jenbacher and Waukesha engines, would help streamline GE's power division, whose profit plunged 45 per cent last year as sales of power plants and services fell sharply.

The unit makes multi-tonne gas turbines that generate on-site power to keep industrial plants running. Jenbacher and Waukesha engines cover the small to mid-sized segment of GE's power business, ranging from 100 kilowatts to 10 megawatts.

GE and Advent were not immediately available for comment.