Form 8-K

Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 5, 2005
General Electric Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
New York
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, Connecticut
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code   (203) 373-2211
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 4.02(a)
Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review

Restatement and non-reliance

On the date hereof, General Electric Company (“GE” or “we”) is filing an amendment to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, to amend and restate financial statements and other financial information for the years 2004, 2003 and 2002 and financial information for the year 2001 and for each of the quarters in the years 2004 and 2003 with respect to the accounting for certain derivatives transactions. These transactions relate to treasury operations at General Electric Capital Corporation (“GECC”). The effect of the restatement on our statement of financial position at the end of the reported periods is immaterial and the restatement has no effect on our cash flows.

In light of the restatement, readers should no longer rely on our previously filed financial statements and other financial information for the years and for each of the quarters in the years 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001. Readers should also no longer rely on our previously announced results for the first quarter of 2005. Our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2005 is being filed on the date hereof.

In the course of a regularly scheduled audit, our internal corporate audit staff identified errors with respect to GECC’s use of hedge accounting for certain transactions under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, as amended (SFAS 133). Descriptions of these errors follow:

The first errors were in accounting for interest rate and currency swaps at GECC that included fees paid or received at inception. These swaps related to about 14% of our overall borrowings at January 1, 2001, and about 6% of our overall borrowings at December 31, 2004. Our initial accounting viewed these fees as immaterial. KPMG LLP, our registered public accounting firm, reviewed this initial accounting in connection with their 2001 audit. In 2003, we discontinued use of such swaps, except for one immaterial transaction, but continued the previous accounting for those already in place. Because of the swap fees, however, the fair value of the swaps was not zero at inception as required by SFAS 133 and, accordingly, we were required to, but did not, test periodically for effectiveness.

The second errors arose from a hedge accounting position related to a portfolio of assets consolidated by GECC in July 2003 at the implementation of FIN 46, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities. This portfolio included assets equal to 2% and 1% of GE’s total assets at consolidation and at December 31, 2004, respectively. We entered into interest rate swaps in 2003 to adjust the economic yield on these newly-consolidated fixed-rate assets from a fixed to a floating rate. Adhering to our hedge documentation at the 2003 inception of these swaps, we did not perform subsequent periodic testing of their effectiveness. We determined as a result of the internal audit that the prepayment penalties in the underlying assets, which penalties had not been identified by us or KPMG LLP at implementation, were not appropriately mirrored in the associated swaps, as required in order to avoid periodic testing of effectiveness under SFAS 133. Accordingly, periodic effectiveness testing was required under SFAS 133 for these swaps.

In the course of the internal audit, we also identified other errors under SFAS 133 with respect to other aspects of certain swaps and other derivative instruments. Adjustments to correct the accounting for these transactions also are included in our restated results of operations. We do not believe these other adjustments are material, individually or in the aggregate, to our financial position or our results of operations for any reported period.


During its audit, the internal audit staff reported its findings to management, to KPMG LLP and to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. After initial discussions with the Audit Committee, management reviewed these matters in further detail, and after completing its analysis on May 5, 2005, recommended to the Audit Committee that previously reported financial results be restated to reflect correction of these errors. The Audit Committee agreed with this recommendation. Pursuant to the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors determined at its meeting on May 5, 2005, that previously reported results for GE, General Electric Capital Services (GECS) and GECC be restated to eliminate hedge accounting for these swaps and, in light of the restatement, that the financial statements and other financial information referred to above should no longer be relied upon.

The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors has discussed the matters disclosed in this current report on Form 8-K with KPMG LLP.

After we commenced the work for an internal audit in connection with GECC’s treasury operations, we received a letter dated January 20, 2005, from the Boston District Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating that it was conducting an informal investigation and requesting that GE and GECC voluntarily provide certain documents and information with respect to the use of hedge accounting for derivatives by us and GECC. In response to the staff’s request, we and GECC have voluntarily provided documents and other information and we intend to continue to cooperate fully with them in their ongoing investigation.

Item 2.02
Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Item 7.01
Regulation FD Disclosure

The following information is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02, “Results of Operations and Financial Condition” and Item 7.01, “Regulation FD Disclosure.”

On May 6, 2005, GE issued a press release announcing the restatement of GE’s financial statements and other financial information for the years 2004, 2003 and 2002 and financial information for the year 2001 and for each of the quarters in the years 2004 and 2003. The press release also announces an adjustment to the financial information that was previously announced in an earnings release on April 15, 2005 for the first quarter of 2005. A copy of GE’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99 and hereby incorporated by reference

Item 9.01 
Financial Statements and Exhibits
(c)  Exhibits
99  Press release, dated: May 6, 2005, issued by General Electric Company


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
General Electric Company
Date: May 6, 2005
/s/ Philip D. Ameen
Philip D. Ameen
Vice President and Comptroller