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GE sells healthcare lending arm for US$9B

Investors had long pushed for the company to get rid of its finance unit

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—General Electric is selling its health care lending unit and related loans to Capital One for roughly $9 billion as it shrinks its GE Capital finance business.

GE announced in April that it would sell most of the assets in the GE Capital subsidiary as it focuses on industrial businesses _ making large, complicated equipment for other companies.

Investors had long pushed for the company to get rid of its finance unit, even though it has been profitable, because it is difficult for investors to understand and it carries risk.

The health care financial services unit involved in Tuesday’s announcement provides capital financing to U.S. health care companies, developers and others.

McLean, Va.-based Capital One said the acquisition will help add to its existing health care lending business, which it has been building out for the past several years.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Separately, GE said Tuesday that it is selling $600 million of the unit’s real estate equity investments to another buyer.

GE has struck a number of major deals recently. It wants to sell its appliances unit and a private equity business. It spun off its consumer credit card business, Synchrony Financial, into a separate publicly traded company last year, and completed the sale of NBC Universal to Comcast in 2013.

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