General Electric Sells Mexican Mortgage Business (GE)

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Multinational conglomerate General Electric Company ( GE ) said that its GE Capital unit has sold its Mexican consumer mortgage business to Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico.

The sale includes a $2 billion consumer mortgage portfolio. Financial terms of the move haven't yet been announced, but the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2011.

Mark Begor, President and CEO of GE Capital, Restructuring Operations, said that "This sale is consistent with our strategy to exit non-strategic businesses that lack scale to help reduce GE Capital's balance sheet while investing in core industrial and commercial finance platforms, including in Mexico."

General Electric shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday.

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