General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Metem Corporation, a U.S.-based provider of precision cooling hole-manufacturing technologies that enable turbine engines to function more efficiently, saving costs, increasing operation time and reducing emissions. The acquisition was closed less than 120 days after GE first announced its intent to purchase in December.

By bringing the Metem cooling hole-drilling capability in house, GE expects to realize supply chain efficiencies and reduce costs as it continues to strengthen its advanced, high-efficiency portfolio. GE’s HA gas turbines can achieve more than 62 percent efficiency. Achieving that level of efficiency subjects heavy-duty gas turbines to very high temperatures during operations, making metals weaker. With heavy-duty gas turbine blades operating under high temperatures and experiencing significant centrifugal stresses, turbine blade cooling is an important component of GE’s next generation of advanced gas turbines.

“Gas turbines coupled with services are the core of GE Power, and Metem’s acquisition will help achieve synergies by improving the overall cost base of products and enhancing the GE Store capabilities for customers,” said Mike Chanatry, VP of gas power systems supply chain, GE Power. “We’re excited to welcome Metem’s employees to GE, and we’re expecting a fast and seamless integration.”

GE and Metem have had a very strong relationship since the 1970s, driven by Metem’s record of innovation and technology development and the strength of its workforce. At the time of the acquisition close, GE was Metem’s largest customer. This acquisition is strategic for GE Power, as demand for advanced manufacturing technologies significantly increases as products evolve.

Chanatry says that GE expects to build out the capabilities and capacity of the Metem network. Metem’s entire workforce of approximately 270 employees, as well as the company’s facilities and resources in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Hungary, will be integrated into GE over the next six to 12 months. Metem’s headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, will be transformed into a Center of Excellence for GE Power. (Original Source)

Shares of General Electric closed last Friday at $31.93, up $0.14 or 0.44%. GE has a 1-year high of $32.05 and a 1-year low of $19.37. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $30.21 and its 200-day moving average is $28.95.

On the ratings front, General Electric has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report released today, Bernstein Research analyst Steven Winoker downgraded GE to Hold, with a price target of $34, which represents a potential upside of 6.5% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on March 16, Credit Suisse’s Julian Mitchell reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $34.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Steven Winoker and Julian Mitchell have a total average return of 10.0% and 10.5% respectively. Winoker has a success rate of 78.1% and is ranked #525 out of 3775 analysts, while Mitchell has a success rate of 71.2% and is ranked #320.

Overall, 4 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 7 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $31.86 which is -0.2% under where the stock closed last Friday.